PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Brown finally had its home opener on Saturday afternoon as the team hosted Columbia in a doubleheader at Murray Stadium. The Bears (5-17, 3-3 Ivy) got a sterling performance from senior pitcher Matthew Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.), who threw a complete game (seven innings) and struck out six on the way to a 2-1 victory over the Lions (11-14, 2-4 Ivy). Game two took 11 innings to decide and it was senior Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) who came up with the biggest hit of the game, getting a walk-off single to give the Bears a 6-5 win and pushed Bruno to .500 in Ivy League play this season.
Brown got on the board early in game one, picking up a run in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) reached on an error by the second baseman to lead off the inning. Colantonio then advanced to second on a single by Feit and got to third base, tagging on a fly ball by Pete Greskoff (Paoli, Pa.). Three pitches later Colantonio was home as a wild pitch allowed the senior captain to cross.
Columbia eventually got to Kimball and tied up the game at one in the top of the fourth inning. After a hit-by-pitch, Jason Banos hit a RBI-double to left field even up the score.
Brown got back after it in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Colantonio did it again, this time with a solo blast to left field which gave the Bears a 2-1 lead.
Kimball finished off his day, allowing just three hits, one walk and one run while striking out six.
In game two, Columbia started off the scoring with a solo home run by Jon Eisen in the top of the first. Their lead did not last for long however, as Colantonio scored after a double of his own on a single from junior Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.). Feit, who singled earlier in the inning, came around to score after stealing third and then advancing home on an errant throw by the catcher.
Brown would not score again until the ninth inning as Columbia's Stefan Olson settled in. Olson finished they day with an impressive line of eight innings pitch, five hits allowed, one earned run, no walks and five strikeouts.
Columbia took advantage of the stellar starter, racking up four runs (one in the fourth, two in the fifth and one in the eighth) to hold a 5-2 advantage entering the final regulation frame.
Bruno refused to quit however, and attacked offensively in the bottom of the ninth, loading the bases for pinch hitter Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.). The rookie came through with an RBI single, which kept the bags full for Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) knocked in another run with a sacrifice fly and pulled the Bears within one run. Sophomore was able to follow up with a fielder's choice, which allowed Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) to score and tie the game up at six.
Senior pitcher Andrew Bakowski (Samford, Conn.) entered in the 10th inning and threw to impressive frames, not allowing a single hit, while striking out one.
In the bottom of the 11th, with two outs, sophomore John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) beat out a throw from third to put one on for the Bears. Sheridan then stole second and advanced to third base on a throwing error. Columbia intentionally walked Colantonio (his second free pass of the day) to put Feit in-line to wear the hero's cape. Feit was able to go with a pitch and singled to right, which scored Sheridan and gave the Bears a thrilling 6-5 victory.
Brown will be back at in tomorrow afternoon in another Ivy League doubleheader when they host Penn at Murray Stadium.