April 4, 2012

Late Brown Comebacks Fall Just Short in Doubleheader Against Siena

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Even though the Brown baseball team has played 20 games already this season, they had only played a single home contest. On Wednesday afternoon, the Bears returned to Murray Stadium to take on Siena in a doubleheader. The Saints pitching was able shut down a potent Brown offense early, and despite late-inning comebacks by the Bears, Siena was able to hang on for a 9-5 and 8-6 win. Brown continues its 13-game homestand this weekend against Cornell and Princeton. 

The Bears (4-18) tallied over nine hits and five runs in both games, but the Siena offense was able to get to Brown's pitching and take early leads in both contests.

The Saints' (7-20) Rick Morales limited the Bears to two runs through five innings for the win in game one, while catcher Larry Balkwell went 3-for-4 with two RBI in game two to help secure the victory.

Rookie right fielder Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) went 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and two RBI in game one, while senior captain and shortstop Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) was 1-for-3 with a run and two RBI in game two. 

After two scoreless innings in game one, Siena tallied three runs in the third and went on to score in each of the next five frames to end the game.

Despite facing a 9-3 deficit in the seventh inning, Brown continued to fight getting two runs on Marcal's two-run home to deep center, but could get no closer, falling 9-5.

Game two played out much as the first, with limited scoring in the first two innings. Siena did take a 1-0 lead, tallying a run in the first on an RBI groundout, however. 

Siena was once again able to string together runs, getting two across in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings to open up a 7-0 lead.

Brown fought back late however, plating five runs in the fifth to close within two runs. Tyler delivered a two-run double to start the scoring. He was immediately followed by Marcal who made it two-straight doubles, crossing a run of his own. Sophomore Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) each tallied RBI singles to wrap up the fifth.

Even though Siena plated one in the seventh, Brown got it back as Van Boom came home from third on a balk, but the Bears could not plate anymore as the Saints edged Brown, 8-6.

Brown continues its 13-game homestand on Saturday and Sunday with doubleheaders against Ivy League foes Cornell and Princeton. Both series start at noon.