Brown Takes Two From Harvard, Moves Into First-Place Tie in Rolfe Division

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown took the first two games of a four-game set versus Harvard, improving to 6-4 in Ivy League play and moved into a three-way tie atop the Rolfe Division with Yale and Dartmouth. The Bears won two close ones, 2-0 and 4-3. 

Senior pitcher Matthew Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.) spun a gem in game one, limiting the Crimson to just three hits while striking out seven in a seven-inning complete game win.

Brown took an early lead with a run in the first inning. Sophomore leadoff hitter John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) started it off with a single through the left side and then stole second to set up classmate Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) who came through with an RBI single up the middle. 

The Bears tacked on one more in the bottom of the fourth. Senior Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, Conn.), who returned to Bears lineup after an injury, doubled to left field before senior Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) singled, which allowed Zrenda to score on a fielder's choice by Graham Tyler (Cranston R.I.).

Game two was tightly contested throughout and went down to the wire as a single by junior DH Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) in the bottom of the ninth with game tied at three allowed senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) to score the winning run on an errant throw by Harvard.

Sophomore pitcher Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) gave Brown seven solid innings, striking out six and allowing only two earned runs. 

Both the Crimson and Bears got unearned runs in the first inning and score remained tied until the fourth inning when Harvard plated two on three hits and a throwing error.

Brown was able to tie it up in the bottom of the seventh on some clutch hitting from Colantonio and DiBiase who both registered RBI singles. 

Colantonio was at it again it the bottom of the ninth as he led off the inning with a single and then advanced to second on the sacrifice bunt by senior Pete Greskoff (Paoli, Pa.). DiBiase followed with an infield single, which pushed Colantonio to third and then a throwing error by the Crimson shortstop allowed him to score and give the Bears a 4-3, walk-off win.

The Crimson and Bears will be back at in less 24 hours as the teams will square off in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.