April 26, 2013

Baseball Drops Two at Yale to Open Four-Game Set

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Despite a go-ahead run in extra innings to take a late lead in the opener, the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Yale Friday afternoon as the Bears fell, 4-3 and 9-3, at Yale Field. 

With the loss, Brown drops to 5-30 overall and 3-15 in Ivy League play, while Yale improves to 11-25 on the season and 8-10 in conference action.  

In the opener, Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead the Bears offensively, while Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) drove in a pair of runs. Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) went the distance as the starter, allowing four earned runs over 7.2 innings to take the loss in extra innings.

Yale struck first with a pair of runs in the second as Joe Lubanski hit a one-run single to left and later scored on a wild pitch to give the home side the early lead.

Yale held off the Bears until the fifth inning, when Marcal singled to drive in Sean Ganon (Sudbury, Mass.) and J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.), evening the score at 2-2.

After the score remained tied for the full seven innings to force extra frames, Brown got right work in the top of the eighth as Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) hit a sacrifice fly with two outs to push the Bears on top, 3-2.

The Bulldogs answered back in the bottom half of the frame, however, as Eric Hsieh scored on a fielder's choice with the bases load and Lubanski followed with a walk-off single down the left field line to complete the victory.

Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) paced the Bears with a pair of hits in the second game, while Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) was handed the loss as the starter. Michael Coleman pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, allowing just two earned runs to pick up the win.

After Yale opened with one run in the opening frame, the Bears evened the score in the top of the second when Franco hit a one-run double down the left field line to make it 1-1.

Yale regained the lead with another run in the second, before tacking on four runs on four hits in the third to move out in front, 6-1.

Brown added one more run in the fifth when McKeithan hit an RBI single to trim the deficit to four, before the Bulldogs scored three times over the final three innings. The Bears mustered a final run in the ninth on a one-run single from John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.), but it was not enough to complete the comeback.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, April 27 for Senior Day when they host Yale in a doubleheader at 1 p.m.