April 26, 2009

Brown Rides Offense to Take Two from Yale

Providence, R.I. - Brown's offense exploded on Sunday afternoon, taking two from Yale on Senior Day. The Bears built leads of 15-0 and 11-0 in the two games before going on to win 17-10 and 11-3 respectively, keyed by the hitting of senior captain Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA), who had three home runs and nine RBI's on the day. With the wins, Brown improves to 22-18-1 on the season, and 15-5 in Ivy League play.

The first game saw some fireworks from the Bears, who broke out the lumber in a 17-10 win. Brown struck early and often, scoring 15 runs in the first three innings while shutting out the Bulldogs, essentially putting the game away. After senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) led off the inning with a double, and catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) followed with a walk, Nuzzo crushed a ball to left center field for an early 3-0 lead. Though the Bulldogs escaped without further incident, the tone had been set for the remainder of the game.

In the second, Brown really got going, scoring eight runs and batting around. Though Bruno did not have an extra base hit in the frame, the team had seven hits, and consistently reached base throughout. Brown added four more runs in the third, highlighted by home runs from Nuzzo and classmate Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, N.J.), and took a 15-0 lead that they would have no problem holding on to.

Though Yale came back late, largely against the bullpen, the Bulldogs succeeded only in making the final score more respectable, as Brown held on for a 17-10 win.

Brown again got off to a hot start in the second game, taking a 3-0 lead in the first inning as the Bulldogs struggled with control issues, giving out three walks. In the top of the second, both rookie Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) and sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) made outstanding defensive plays to rob Yale of hits and keep the shutout intact through two.

The Bears added five more in the second, highlighted by a monster three-run home run from Nuzzo that landed across the street from the field, and the rout was officially on, again, with an 8-0 lead after two. Brown continued to tack it on as the game continued, adding a run in the third, and two more in the fourth on a big home run from Tyler, making it 11-0.

Pitching then took over for both sides, as the bats slowed down significantly for the rest of the game. Brown starter Will Weidig (Katy, TX) threw an impressive game, going seven strong innings and giving up just a single run to pick up the win. Though Yale chipped away slightly towards the end of the game, the Bears were able to hold on behind good work from the bullpen, and went on to win 11-3.

The Bears will be back in action on Wednesday, when they host Bryant in a doubleheader starting at 2:00 p.m.