April 1, 2014

Baseball Edged in Doubleheader at Penn

PHILADELPHIA – Despite scoring one run in the final frame of two contests, the Brown baseball team was edged in a pair of one-run games at Penn, dropping both by a 3-2 margin in Ivy League play on Tuesday at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Brown moved to 4-10 overall and 0-4 in the league, while Penn improved to 10-10 on the season and 4-0 in Ivy action.

In the first game, Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) went six innings in the loss, giving up three runs with six strikeouts. Connor Cuff went 6.1 innings on the other side to earn the win, while Mike Reitcheck came in for the last two outs in relief for the save.

Freshmen Joshua Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) and Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) drove in one run apiece to pace the Brown offense.

Penn opened with one run in the first, when Jeff McGarry launched a two-out solo homer for the advantage, 1-0. Brown followed with back-to-back hits in the second from Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.), but Cuff got out of the jam with consecutive outs to preserve the one-run lead.

Penn added two more runs on four hits in the bottom of the fifth to move out in front, 3-0. Brown answered back in the top of the sixth, starting with a one-out double from J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.), before Huntley singled to center to trim the deficit to 3-1.

Massey led off the seventh inning with a walk and then moved over to second on a ground out to the pitcher. With Reitcheck in relief, Henry singled to center to drive in Massey and pull the Bears within one run. Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) followed with a single to left center to put two runners on, but Reitcheck struck out two straight batters to seal the win.

In the second game, senior Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) went 7.1 innings for the loss, giving up three runs with six strikeouts. Jack Hartman went six innings for Penn to claim the win before Reitcheck picked up his second save of the day.

Once again, Penn jumped out to an early lead, as the Quakers manufactured two runs on one hit for the advantage, 2-0.

The two teams combined for just one hit over the next three frames, before Brown scored one run in the top of the sixth. Nick Fornaca (San Diego, Calif.) led off the inning with a double down the left field line and then advanced to third, before scoring on a ground out by Henry to pull the Bears within one, 2-1.

After the Quakers tacked on a third run in the eighth, the Bears made another late charge in the final frame. With two outs, sophomore Jake Levine (Newton, Mass.) singled up the middle and Fornaca walked to put two men on base, before rookie Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) came off the bench for an RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2. However, Reitcheck forced a final pop-up to halt the rally and secure the win.

Brown returns to action on Thursday, April 3 when the Bears host Siena in a home-opening doubleheader at 2 p.m.