New York, NY – Brown earned its second consecutive Ivy split on Sunday afternoon, taking one of two against Columbia behind a strong start from junior Matt Kimball. Kimball, who set a new single season record for saves in 2009 as the closer for the Bears, gave up just one run in six innings in his first start for Brown in nearly two years.
The opening game belonged to Columbia starter Dan Bracey, who pitched a complete game four-hit shutout against the Bears. Brown’s best scoring chance came in the top of the sixth, when Ryan Zrenda and Matt Colantonio hit back-to-back singles to put runners on the corners with two outs, but the Lions were able to escape without further damage. Bruno rookie Kevin Carlow had a nice outing for much of the game, holding Columbia to just one run through four innings, but the Lions broke out with four runs in the fifth, eventually pulling away for a 7-0 win.
In the rematch, things were similarly pitching-oriented early, as neither team was able to score through the first four innings. Kimball was the star for the Bears, throwing six innings in his first start in two years, and allowing just one run while striking out seven. At the plate, junior Pete Greskoff provided the spark for Brown, going 2-4 with a double and three RBI’s.
After four scoreless innings to start the game, Brown finally got its groove in the fifth, scoring four runs to take the lead. The frame was highlighted by a two-run single from Greskoff, as the Bears took a 4-0 advantage. Columbia answered with one in the bottom of the inning, but Brown continued to lead 4-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. However, Kimball left after six, and the Lions took advantage of the bullpen in the seventh, scoring four of their own to regain the lead at 5-4.
Greskoff came through for the Bears again in the eighth though, with an RBI double that helped Brown take a 6-5 lead. Andrew Bakowski then took over for the Bears out of the pen, throwing two scoreless innings to pick up the save and give Brown the split.
The Bears will be back in action on Tuesday afternoon, when they take on Quinnipiac at 3:30 p.m.