Baseball Opens Ivy Play at Columbia, Penn

Baseball Opens Ivy Play at Columbia, Penn
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team kicks off the Ivy League season with four games over the weekend at Columbia and Penn. The Bears open league action on Sunday with a doubleheader against the defending champion Lions, before visiting the Quakers for a pair of games on Monday. The first game of each series is set for noon. 

State of the Bears:
Brown went 3-1 over the weekend, including a pair of wins over UMass Lowell and a thrilling 16-15 comeback victory against William & Mary. In the win at William & Mary, the Bears rattled off eight runs in the eighth inning and held off a late Tribe rally to complete the victory. Brown also earned a win over George Mason earlier in the season, and dropped a pair of one-run contests, including a 1-0 loss to No. 1 South Carolina.

Franco at the Plate: Senior J.J. Franco is the toughest batter to strikeout among NCAA Division I batters so far this season, going 40 plate appearances without a strikeout through the first 10 games. The second baseman leads the Bears with eight hits and is batting at a .325 clip.

Taugner Impressive Early: Rookie right-hander Christian Taugner is off to a great start, leading the Bears with a 1.23 earned run average over 22 innings. Taugner made his first career start against top-ranked South Carolina and limited the Gamecocks to just one run over seven frames. He was named the Ivy League Pitcher and Co-Rookie of the Week for his efforts. Taugner led the Bears past UMass Lowell, 8-2, last weekend for his first collegiate win. He ranks second in the Ivy League in ERA and has limited opponents to just one run in each of his first three starts.

League Rankings: Dan Kerr, who is one of three Brown players batting over .300, ranks fifth in the Ivy League at .343. He also ranks third in on-base percentage at .442, while J.J. Franco and Daniel Massey are hitting .325 and .324, respectively. Massey is also third in the league in slugging percentage (.595). On the mound, Christian Taugner is second in ERA (1.23) and fourth in strikeouts per games (7.77).

Sredojevic Tabbed Rookie of the Week: Freshman Marc Sredojevic was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week after leading Brown to a pair of wins over the weekend. He batted .417 in three games (5-for-12), including a double and a home run for a slugging percentage of .750. He recorded at least one hit and one run in each of the three games, finishing the week with three runs and five RBI.

Up Next: After the weekend, the Bears visit Bryant (4/1) before hosting six straight games, capped with back-to-back doubleheaders against Princeton and Cornell.