April 30, 2010

Yale Rides Strong Offense to Doubleheader Sweep of Brown

Providence, RI – Yale used a dynamic offensive performance to sweep a doubleheader against Brown at Murray Stadium on Friday afternoon, dropping the Bears to 9-9 in Ivy League play, and essentially eliminating them from the Ivy playoffs despite two home runs from junior Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA).  The third baseman knocked a pair out of the park for Brown, and picked up five RBI's, but it wasn't enough to keep the Bulldogs from taking 15-9 and 9-3 victories.

In the first game, Yale jumped out on top quickly, hitting two solo home runs in the top of the first inning to take a 2-0 lead.  The pitchers on both sides then settled into a rhythm though, as the teams breezed through a scoreless second.  Brown ran into trouble in the third though, as Yale took advantage of a defensive miscue by the Bears to score eight runs in the top of the inning, pushing the advantage to 10-0.

Bruno came back with four in the bottom of the frame though, including a three-run home run from Greskoff, cutting the deficit to 10-4.  Yale continued its hot hitting though, tacking on at least one run in each of the next three innings to push the total to 15.  Brown did score five in the bottom of the fifth to pull to within 13-9, as Greskoff had a two-run home run, but the Bears couldn't complete the comeback, and fell by a final score of 15-9.

The Bulldogs came out swinging again in the second game, taking a significant 3-0 first inning lead in what would prove to be a lower scoring game.  Brown got one back in the bottom of the second, but the bats for both sides were then quiet until the top of the fifth, when Yale again scored three runs to push the advantage to 6-1.

The Bears pulled one back in the bottom of the seventh, as a deep double to center field from senior Chris Tanabe cut the deficit to 6-2, but Yale was able to escape without further damage in the inning.  The Bulldogs then tacked on three more in the top of the eighth to take a formidable 9-2 lead.  Brown added one more in the bottom of the frame, but couldn't complete the comeback, and fell 9-3.

Brown will be back in action on Wednesday, May 5, when the Bears wrap up their season with a single game at Bryant at 3:30 p.m.