April 7, 2012

Cornell Tops Brown in Doubleheader

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown returned to Ivy League action on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader against Cornell. The Bears and Big Red needed four extras innings to decided game one, but it was the Big Red who were victorious, 10-9, before taking a 12-5 win in game two.

Brown  (4-20, 2-4) trailed early in game one, falling behind 3-0 after the first inning. The Bears fought back however, taking a 4-3 lead with four runs in the second before opening up a 9-5 advantage. The Cornell (19-6, 5-1) bats heated up late though, with three runs in the fifth and the game-tying tally in the seventh. It took four extra frames until either team could find the go-ahead score as the Big Red's JD Whetsel came through with an RBI single to push Cornell ahead.

Brown took an early 2-0 lead in the second inning of game two, but the Big Red bats caught fire in the next two frames, plating seven runs to take a commanding lead. The Bears tallied one run in the fourth and sixth innings, but Cornell exploded for four more in the seventh to take control back. 

Sophomore outfielder Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, N.J.) led the way for the Bears in game one, going 5-for-6 with two RBI. Second-year starter J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) also stayed hot at the plate with two RBI, two hits and two runs. 

Although Brown could not get much going against game-two starter Brian McAfee, rookie outfielder Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) was able to figure out the Big Red pitcher, going 2-for-2 with a home run, four runs, an RBI and two walks. Franco also went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Bruno appeared poised to tie up their extra-inning affair in game one with one out and a runner on third base, but some heady defense from the Big Red made the difference. On a grounder to third, Ben Swinford was able to tag the runner before firing to first for the double-play to end the game.

Game two ended an inning early with dusk falling upon Providence at 7:15 p.m. 

Brown will be back in action on Sunday afternoon with its second Ivy League doubleheader in as many days. The Bears face Princeton at noon at Murray Stadium.