Providence, RI – With the wind blowing out at Murray Stadium on Saturday afternoon, both Brown and Princeton swung the bats well, combining for 46 runs and 12 homers, but the Bears came out on top in both contests, taking a 17-4 win in the opener and then following with a thrilling comeback 13-12 victory in the rematch. Junior Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) led the way at the plate for Brown, going 6-10 on the day, with three home runs and eight RBI’s.
The first game stayed close early, until Brown used an eight-run fourth to blow open its lead, jumping ahead 12-1. The inning was highlighted by home runs from sophomore Mike DiBiase and junior Josh Feit, as seven different players picked up hits for Bruno.
Brown added five more in the sixth, totaling 17 runs in just six innings, while holding Princeton to four. Rookie Kevin Carlow had a strong outing for the Bears, throwing a complete game while striking out eight Princeton batters.
Both offenses continued swinging well early in the second game, as the squads combined to score 12 runs in the first three innings, as Brown jumped out to an 8-4 lead. Princeton came up big in the fifth inning though, crossing the plate eight times to take a 12-8 advantage.
Over the next two frames, the pitching regained its groove, as neither side was able to score again until the bottom of the seventh, when Brown added three more, including two on a Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) home run.
The Bears still trailed 12-11 heading into the bottom of the ninth, however, and it appeared that a third consecutive Ivy split might be in line. Sophomore Graham Tyler (Cranston, RI) got things rolling immediately though, leading off the inning with a single. DiBiase then followed that with an RBI double to tie the game at 12. After several more batters, Brown found itself with a runner on second and two outs when junior Josh Feit stepped to the plate. With the home crowd on its feet, Feit delivered with an RBI single, bringing home the winning run and delivering a 13-12 victory for the Bears.
Brown will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when the team takes on Cornell in a doubleheader at 12:00 p.m.