Late Rally Versus No. 2 Vanderbilt Falls Just Short; Bears Fall to Commodores 6-5 & 6-3
Nashville, Tenn. – Rain storms in the Music City area on Saturday forced Brown and No. 2 Vanderbilt into a doubleheader on Sunday. The Bears (0-3) made a late surge in game one, closing to within one in the ninth inning after trailing by five entering the eighth, but came up just short. In game two, Brown jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and held the advantage late into the seven-inning affair, but the Commodores (12-2) were able to storm back and plated three in the sixth to take a 6-3 win.
Trailing 5-1 entering the eighth inning, rookie Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) led off the inning as a pinch hitter and got on base with a single. Senior Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) followed suit with a single of his own, to put two on for the Bears. Brown got its first run of the frame on reach-on-error that allowed DiRenzi to score. A second Vandy error allowed another run to cross the plate as Feit was able to motor home. The Bear offense added one more run after a fielder's choice to close within one run of the nation's number-two team.
Vanderbilt was able to get a run back in the bottom of the eighth, but the Bears kept pushing in the top of the ninth. Brown got two on after a walk, fielder's choice and a reach on error to set the table for senior catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.). The captain came through with a single through the right side of the infield to bring the Bears within one.
Unfortunately for Brown, Vanderbilt's Navery Moore was able to pitch his way out of further trouble and close the door on the Bear's upset bid.
In game two, the Brown offense continued to feed off of the momentum it gained in the first matchup. The Bears were able to plate two in the top of the second and held the lead until the bottom of the fifth when the Commodores tied it up at three.
An inning later, Vanderbilt was finally to rookie starter Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.). Vandy plated three in the frame to take a 6-3 lead before Corey Williams came in the seventh and struck out two to pick up the save.
The Bears will continue its gauntlet schedule to open the season when they travel to Austin, Texas to take on the No. 6 Texas Longhorns in a four-game series next weekend.
Pictured Above: senior catcher Matt Colantonio; photo by Dave Silverman