PRINCETON, N.J. – The Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Princeton, 3-2 and 11-5, to conclude the first weekend of Ivy League action Sunday at Clarke Field.
Brown moves to 8-10 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League after sweeping a doubleheader at Cornell on Saturday, while Princeton improves to 6-14, 2-0 in the league.
Game 1 (Princeton 3, Brown 2 - 8 Innings)
Brian Ginsberg (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the offense with two hits in the first game, adding one RBI. Max Ritchie (Woodbridge, Conn.) put together a strong start for the Bears, limiting the Tigers to just one run on four hits over six innings to go along with nine strikeouts. Senior Samuel Hauser (New York, N.Y.) was saddled with the loss out of the bullpen in extra innings. Ryan Smith picked up the win in relief for the home team.
Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) put the Bears on the board with an RBI double in the first inning before Ginsberg added a one-run single in the second for the 2-0 lead.
After Princeton answered with one run in the bottom half of the second, the two teams settled in for four straight scoreless innings, until Jesper Horsted hit a two-out single in the bottom of the seventh to tie the game and force extra innings.
Brown managed to record a pair of two-out hits in the top of the eighth, but Smith got out of the jam with an inning-ending strikeout. Princeton then used three straight singles in the bottom of the eighth to push across the game-winning run.
Game 2 (Princeton 11, Brown 5)
Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) and Willy Homza (Anchorage, Alaska) had three hits apiece in the second game to lead Brown's 14-hit effort, while Sredojevic added his third home run of the season and second of the weekend.
Chad Powers picked up the win for the Tigers after going 6.2 innings with three earned runs. Bobby Leyman (North Hampton, N.H.) took the loss for the Bears as the starter.
Brown opened the game with one run in the first inning, but the Tigers took quick control of the contest with seven runs over the first three frames. Brown chipped away with one run in the fourth and fifth frames to cut the lead to three, 7-4, before Sredojevic added an RBI single in the seventh to make it a two-run game.
Nevertheless, Princeton scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth, including a three-run homer from Nick Hernandez to halt Brown's comeback and secure the victory.
Brown will continue Ivy League play next weekend when the Bears host a pair of doubleheaders against Penn (4/8) and Columbia (4/9).