March 30, 2011

Brown Falls to San Jose State in West Coast Finale

San Jose, Calif. – Brown wrapped up its six-game West Coast road trip on Wednesday night against San Jose State and was topped 11-4. The Bears found themselves in an early 4-0 hole after the third inning and trailed 6-0 after six. Bruno did not quit however, and continued its trend of scoring late runs, scoring in the seventh, eighth and ninth. The Spartans scored late as well to maintain their lead and sweep the two-game series.

SJSU loaded the bases in the bottom of the fourth and a RBI single from Danny Stienstra started off the scoring. Caleb Natov, the next batter worked a walk to plate another, and then an error allowed two more to score, putting the Spartans up 4-0.

San Jose State added to its lead in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring two more runs. A single, a passed ball and another single put one on the board for SJSU and then after loading the bases, Nick Borg was able to work a walk and force another across. 

Brown got its first run of the game in the seventh inning. After a single by senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) and a walk by junior Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.), a reach on error by Pete Greskoff (Paoli, Pa.) put Bruno on the board. 

The Bears put another across after loading the bases in the eighth. Freshman Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) hit into a fielder's choice, but junior Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.), who had singled to lead off the inning, was able to score.

Even though the Spartans scored five more in the seventh and eight, Brown continued to fight at the plate. Back-to-back singles by Greskoff and rookie Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) set up Tyler for an RBI single. Colantonio added a RBI single of his own to cut the deficit to seven, but that was as close as the Bears would get.

Brown begins the Ivy League season this weekend at Princeton on Saturday, April 2, and on Sunday, April 3 at Cornell. Both will be doubleheaders, slated to begin at Noon.