Galan Leads Baseball to Split against Penn
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) pitched a complete game shutout, and Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) drove in three runs apiece, as the Brown baseball team blanked Penn, 9-0, in the first game of a doubleheader to gain a split Saturday at Murray Stadium.
Brown moved to 3-17 overall and 1-5 in the Ivy League, while Penn won the second contest, 9-5, to stand at 17-10 on the season and 4-2 in league action.
Galan was impressive on the mound in the opener as he threw seven innings of shutout ball with seven strikeouts to earn the win, while Connor Cuff took the loss for the Quakers, allowing seven earned runs in 5.1 innings of work.
Franco went 2-for-3 at the plate with three RBI for the Bears, including a home run, while Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) added a couple of hits in addition to Marcal's three RBIs.
Brown was the first to jump on the scoreboard with two runs in the bottom of the third frame. After Franco reached on an error to lead off the inning, Marcal blasted a two-run shot over the right field fence to push the home side on top.
The Bears tacked on another run in the bottom of the fifth when Franco led off the inning with a solo homer to left center, pushing the home team on top, 3-0.
With Galan cruising on the mound, the Bears added six runs on five hits in the bottom of the sixth inning. After Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) led off with a double to left center, Sean Gannon (Sudbury, Mass.) came in to pinch run and eventually scored on an error. One batter later, Franco smacked a two-run single to left field and John Sheridan (Pala Alto, Calif.) followed with an RBI double down the left field line. Marcal then hit a sacrifice fly to center and Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) added an RBI single to complete the six-run frame and seal the victory.
After Penn opened the contest with a pair of runs in the top of the first, Brown answered right back with a tally in the bottom half of the frame. Levine hit a one-out single through the right side and later crossed the plate when Slaughter crushed a double to right center, trimming the deficit to 2-1.
Penn responded with four runs over the next two innings to move out in front, 6-1, until the Bears scored three runs on two hits in the bottom of the sixth. Massey and Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) registered consecutive RBI singles before Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) pushed across the third run on a ground out to pull the Bears within two, 6-4.
Penn came right back, however, with three runs in the top of the seventh to move in front, 9-4. Brown managed a late run in the ninth, but it was not enough as the Quakers held on to salvage a split in the series.
The Bears return to Ivy League action on Sunday, April 7 when they play host to Columbia for a doubleheader at noon.