April 14, 2013

Baseball Falls Twice at Dartmouth

HANOVER, N.H. – Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) registered three hits on the day, but the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Dartmouth on Sunday as the Bears fell, 7-0 and 7-2, to close out a four-game series at Biondi Park.

Brown moves to 3-24 overall and 1-11 in Ivy League play, while Dartmouth now stands at 21-6 on the season and 7-4 in league action.

Mitch Horecek pitched the full seven innings for Dartmouth in the opener to earn the win, holding the Bears scoreless with six strikeouts, while Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) was handed the loss after allowing seven runs on eight hits.

Dartmouth opened the contest with three runs in the first frame as Dustin Selzer hit a sacrifice fly to right, Nick Lombardi doubled in a run and Joe Purritano followed with an RBI single to give the home side the 3-0 lead.

Brown's best opportunity came in the third inning when Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) doubled to left center and Cody Slaughter (New Port Rickey, Fla.) followed with a single, but McKeithan was thrown out at the plate on a throw from the centerfielder to halt the scoring chance.

The Big Green added three more runs over the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to seal the victory and take the third game of the series.

In the second contest, Marcal went 2-for-4 at the plate while Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) and Slaughter drove in one run apiece. Chris Smith (Colleyville, Texas) took the loss for the Bears, allowing five runs in 3.1 innings, and Michael Johnson earned his fifth win of the season after allowing just one earned run over seven innings.

Brown struck first with a run in the top of the third as John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) hit a one-out double down the left field line. After Levine singled to center to move Sheridan over to third, Levine hit a sacrifice fly to give the visitors the lead, 1-0.

The lead did not last long, however, as Dartmouth answered with five runs on four hits in the bottom of the third. Ennis Coble and Purritano both hit two-run homers in the inning to give the home side the lead at 5-1.

The Bears added another run in the sixth when Levine reached on a fielder's choice and then worked his way to third on a wild pitch and passed ball. He eventually scored when Slaughter grounded out to second to trim the Big Green's lead to three at 5-2.

Nevertheless, Dartmouth followed by adding one run in the sixth and another in the seventh to seal the victory.

The Bears return to action on Wednesday, April 17 when they visit Holy Cross for a doubleheader at 5 p.m.