May 3, 2011

Brown Splits Season-Ending Doubleheader Versus Marist

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team wrapped up its 2011 season on Tuesday afternoon at Murray Stadium versus Marist (30-14). The two teams each picked up a win in the seven-inning doubleheader. The Bears (13-29) took game one, 3-1, before falling in extra innings in game two, 4-3 (eight innings).

Two days after being named the 2011 Team MVP, sophomore starter Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) went out and showed why, pitching a complete victory in his final appearance of the season. Mayo scattered six hits and allowed just one run, while striking out four. After his complete-game (nine inning) shutout against Harvard last week, Mayo was named to this week's Ivy League Honor Roll.

The offense backed up Mayo in the first game; plating runs in the second and third innings. Rookie outfielder Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.), who was also named to the Ivy League Honor Roll this week, got the scoring started with an RBI single in the in the second.

Sophomore John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) showed off his impressive speed in the next inning, swiping second after being hit by a pitch, and later scored on senior captain Matt Colantonio's (Garden City) groundout, which put Brown up 2-0. Sheridan finishes the season with 23 stolen bases, being caught just once this year.

Colantonio was also named to this week's Ivy League Honor Roll, and finishes the season as Brown's leader in batting average (.301), at-bats (136), runs (31), hits (41), doubles (12), triples (one), total bases (58), slugging percentage (.426) and on-base percentage (.424).

Marist was able to get a run back in the top of the sixth inning, but Brown quickly got it back in the bottom half of the frame when Colantonio scored on sophomore Cody Slaughter's reach-on-error. 

In game two, Marist jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Brown gained the advantage in the bottom of the frame. Slaughter started off the scoring with a sacrifice fly and senior Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) followed with a two-RBI double to right center that put the Bears up 3-2.

It was the Red Foxes who came away with it though, as an unearned run on an infield error in the top of the seventh brought the game to extra frames. In the top of the eighth, Marist got an RBI double from catcher Bryce Nugent that proved to be the difference.