Providence, RI – The Bears wrapped up a four-game series with Dartmouth with a tough 13-10 loss on Wednesday afternoon, as a late Brown comeback came up just short against the Big Green. The result leaves the Bears two games behind Dartmouth heading into the final weekend of Ivy League play, with each team having four games remaining on the schedule.
Dartmouth jumped out to the early lead on Wednesday, as it quickly became apparent that it would be an offensive contest. The Big Green scored a pair in each of the first two innings, taking a 4-1 early lead before Brown put together another run in the bottom of the third to pull within 4-2.
The Big Green's offense continued rolling though, scoring six runs in the middle four innings to push the advantage to 10-3, with Brown's lone run coming on a solo homer from junior Josh Feit (Woodcliffe Lake, NJ), who came up just a double short of hitting for the cycle.
In the bottom of the seventh, however, Brown's bats began to come alive, as junior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) led off the frame with a solo home run to right field. Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) then added another home run, followed by an RBI double from sophomore Mike DiBiase (Weston, MA), as the Bears cut the deficit to 10-6.
After holding the Big Green scoreless in the top of the eighth, the Bears continued their assault in the bottom of the frame, as Zrenda hit another home run, this one a two-run shot to pull Brown to within 10-8. Dartmouth added three more in the top of the ninth though, giving the Bears a steep climb to come back for the win. DiBiase led the frame off with a solo shot to right field, but Brown could muster just one more run after that, and Dartmouth was able to hold on for a 13-10 win, holding off Brown for the Red Rolfe division lead.
The Bears will be back in action on Friday, when they kick off the final weekend of Ivy League play with a doubleheader against Yale at Murray Stadium at 1:00 p.m.
Pictured: Ryan Zrenda '11. Photo by dspics.com.