April 12, 2014

Baseball Splits with Harvard to Open Four-Game Series

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and two other players enjoyed multi-hit games, as the Brown baseball team picked up a 5-4 victory over Harvard in the first game of a doubleheader to gain a split Saturday afternoon at O'Donnell Field.

Despite four home runs by four different players, the Bears dropped the second game by a 10-8 margin to move to 7-16 overall and 1-9 in Ivy League play. Harvard now stands at 7-19 on the season and 2-6 in league action.

In the first game, junior Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and freshman Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) racked up two hits apiece for the Bears, while rookie Joshua Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) drove in a pair of runs. Senior Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) went seven innings for the Bears, giving up three earned runs with four strikeouts, before junior Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) came in to pitch the final inning for the win.

Harvard jumped on the board with one run in the second and then added two more runs on three hits in the third to take the early lead, 3-0.

After collecting just one hit in the first four frames, the Bears put up four runs on five hits in the top of the fifth. Seniors Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) and Massey led off with back-to-back singles and moved into scoring position on a groundout, before J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) singled through the left side to give the team one run. With two outs and two runners in scoring position, Huntley came up with a double to left field, scoring both Franco and Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) to even the score at 3-3. Fellow rookie Sredojevic followed with an RBI single up the middle to push the Bears in front, 4-3.

Brown held off the Crimson until the bottom of the seventh, when the home side took advantage of an error to score the equalizer with two outs and force extra innings.

The Bears bounced right back in the top of the eighth, however, as Huntley reached on an error, Sredojevic singled up the middle and Marcal bunted for a single. With one out and the bases loaded, Massey drove in the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly to give the Bears the 5-4 advantage. Wright came in to pitch for the Bears in the bottom half of the eighth and forced three outs over four batters to earn the win.

In the second game, freshman Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.), Kerr and Massey collected two hits apiece, while Marcal led the way with two RBI. Freshman Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) went six innings with three earned runs, while Nathan Mann took the loss.

Brown opened up the scoring in the second when Massey stepped up with two outs and doubled down the left field line to send in Huntley for the 1-0 lead.

Harvard answered back with three runs in the third, but the Bears responded with six tallies over the next two innings. In the fourth, Marcal and Massey each hit two-run homers to put the visitors on top, 5-3. The Bears added two more runs in the fifth, when Kerr and Huntley led off the inning with back-to-back solo home runs for the advantage, 7-3.

Nevertheless, the Crimson rallied back with seven runs on six hits in the bottom of the seventh to move out in front, 10-7.

Brown added another run in the ninth when Sredojevic drove in Franco on a fielder's choice, but the Bears could not push across the equalizer as the Crimson salvaged a split on the day.

The Bears will face off against Harvard in a doubleheader tomorrow to complete the four-game series. The first game is set for 1 p.m.