Providence, RI – Brown lost a pair of non-league games to Holy Cross on Wednesday afternoon, falling to the Crusaders by scores of 8-5 and 18-11 as Holy Cross took the season series after a Brown win earlier in the season. Junior left fielder Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) led the way at the plate, picking up a grand slam in the second game to pull Brown to within three runs late in the contest.
In the first game, Holy Cross came away with the win despite a furious comeback attempt from the Bears. The Crusaders used a hot start to the game to take a 7-0 lead after three innings, and continued to hold an 8-1 advantage entering the bottom of the seventh.
Brown mounted a comeback bid in the final half inning though, as back-to-back doubles from Nick Punal and Graham Tyler cut the deficit to 8-2. After a walk to Mike DiBiase, Colantonio then cleared the bases with a three-run home run to left field, pulling Bruno to within three runs at 8-5. The Crusaders were able to get the final two outs though, holding on to take game one.
In game two, the Crusaders continued swinging the bats with purpose, scoring in every inning en route to racking up 18 runs. Brown hung in the game early, working a 3-3 tie through the first two frames, but found itself down 14-5 heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Late in the game though, the Bruno bats began to heat up, as six hitters reached base for the Bears in the sixth inning. The frame was highlighted by a blast to left field off the bat of Greskoff with the bases loaded, cutting the margin to 14-11. Holy Cross was able to stave off any further damage though, and added four runs in the top of the seventh to seal an 18-11 victory.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, when they host Dartmouth in a pivotal Ivy League doubleheader beginning at 12:00 p.m.