Baseball Splits Pair at Harvard to Close Weekend Set

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Junior Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) pitched seven scoreless innings to lead Brown baseball to a 1-0 shutout victory in the first game against Harvard as the Bears gained a split in an Ivy League doubleheader on Sunday at O'Donnell Field. 

Brown split the four-game weekend set against the Crimson and moved to 8-17 on the season and 2-10 in the Ivy League, while Harvard now stands at 8-20 on the season and 3-7 in the league.

St. Lawrence put together an impressive performance on the mound in the opener, surrendering just four hits over seven scoreless innings for the shutout victory. Nick Gruener was handed the loss for the Crimson, giving up four hits and one run.

The two starting pitchers breezed through the first six innings, allowing a combined four hits for scoreless play heading into the seventh frame.

In the top of the seventh, senior J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) led off with a single to right center, and junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) followed with a single through the left side. With two outs and both runners in scoring position, junior Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) hit a single through the left side to drive in the go-ahead run.

St. Lawrence came back out for the bottom of the seventh and gave up a one-out single, but sent down the next two batters to seal the shutout win.

In the second game, Franco went 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI to lead the offense, while senior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) drove in a pair or runs. Senior Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) took the loss for the Bears after allowing eight earned runs.

Harvard jumped out to an early lead, using seven hits to score eight runs in the first and added two more in the second for the lead, 10-0. Brown scored one run in the top of the third, when Franco scored Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) on a triple to put the Bears on the board.

The Crimson came back by scoring two more runs in the fifth and one in the sixth to move out in front, 12-1. Brown scored a pair of runs in the seventh when Massey launched a two-run home run, but the Bears could not fight back from the early deficit as the Crimson held on for the win.

The Bears return to action on Wednesday, April 16 when they play host to Holy Cross in a non-conference doubleheader at 2 p.m.