April 21, 2013

Baseball Battles to Doubleheader Split with Harvard

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) collected two hits and pushed across the go-ahead run in the fourth, while Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) allowed just one run in eight innings on the hill, as the Brown baseball team downed Harvard, 4-2, in the second game of a doubleheader to gain a split Sunday afternoon at Murray Stadium.

Brown (5-28, 3-13) held a two-run lead for most of the opener, but Harvard (10-26, 7-9) tied the game in the seventh to force extra innings as the Crimson rallied to a 4-2 victory in the 10th frame. The two teams also split Saturday's doubleheader as Harvard won, 12-10, and Brown rolled to a 14-2 victory.

Whitehill put together an impressive performance in the second game, allowing just one unearned run with nine strikeouts over eight innings to earn the win. Kerr went 2-for-3 at the plate with one RBI and one walk, while Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Nate Kukowski (Brentwood, Tenn.) also registered two hits apiece.

Harvard drew first blood with one run in the first as Matt Timoney reached on an error and later scored on a double by Brandon Kregal for the 1-0 lead. Brown answered back with a run in the bottom half when Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) scored on an error to even the score at 1-1.

With one runner on and one out in the fourth, Kerr smacked a double to right center, driving in Van Boom for the one-run lead. Kerr later scored on a single by Cam Wilkie (Mississauge, Ontario) to move the Bears in front, 3-1.

After Brown added an insurance run in the eighth when Van Boom hit a solo homer over the left field wall, the Crimson threatened to even up the game in the ninth. With the bases loaded and Taylor Wright in relief, Timoney was hit at bat to force in a run, but Kevin Guthrie (Sarasota, Fla.) came in an issued a game-ending double play for the win.

In the opener, strong starting pitching on both sides proved to be the story as Tanner Anderson allowed just two unearned runs for the Crimson over the full ten innings. Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) gave a solid performance for the Bears, allowing two unearned runs over eight innings with ten strikeouts for the no-decision.

Brown took advantage of a Harvard error to score two runs in the third, which proved to be the only offense through the first seven innings of the contest. In the final frame of the seven-inning game, Harvard scored a pair of runs on three Brown errors to even up the score, 2-2, and force extra innings.

Harvard managed to score two runs in the top of the 10th, as Kregal hit a one-run single and Nick Saathoff drew a walk with the bases loaded, before the Crimson shutdown the Bears in the bottom half for the win.

The Bears return to action on Tuesday, April 23 when they host Rhode Island at 3:30 p.m.