PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team will continue Ivy League action this weekend when the Bears host Penn (4/8) and Columbia (4/9) in a pair of doubleheaders. Sunday's doubleheader against Columbia will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network. Links to live stats and live video will be available on brownbears.com.
LAST TIME OUT
Brown split a pair of doubleheaders last weekend to open the Ivy League season, sweeping two at Cornell before dropping both games at Princeton. Marc Sredojevic hit .438 during the weekend with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs for a 1.000 slugging percentage. Willy Homza and Sam Grigo hit .455 and .412, respectively. Starters Christian Taugner and Reid Anderson earned wins against the Big Red on Saturday.
PAIR OF STREAKS
Marc Sredojevic and Sam Grigo both enter the weekend with 11-game hitting streaks, the longest on the team this season. Sredojevic and Grigo have batted .381 and .362, respectively, during that span.
SREDOJEVIC'S STRONG START
Senior Marc Sredoejvic put together a solid start to the Ivy season and enters the weekend with a 15-game reached base streak. He has five multiple-hit games and three multiple RBI games this season and leads the Bears in slugging (.500) and on-base percentage (.418).
TAUGNER WINS THIRD STRAIGHT
After a loss at then-No. 12 Texas A&M early in the season, Brown ace Christian Taugner has settled back to form, winning three straight starts against Bryant, Georgetown and Cornell. Taugner is 3-0 over his last three starts with a 1.29 ERA, allowing just three earned runs in 21.0 innings. He also has just one walk with 16 strikeouts during that span, limiting opponents to a .197 batting average. Taugner is ranked 25th in the nation in walks allowed per nine innings (1.09).
Penn went 3-1 over the weekend to open the league slate, sweeping Harvard before a split against Dartmouth, and most recently topped Villanova on Tuesday. Sean Phelan and Matt McGeagh lead the Quakers with a .329 batting average, two of the four players on the team hitting over .300, while McGeagh also has three homers and 10 doubles. Tim Graul paces the team with 19 RBIs. Jake Cousins is 3-1 on the season with a 1.42 ERA in five starts, while Mike Reitcheck is 2-2 with a .227 opponent batting average. Penn finished 10-10 in the league last season for second place in the Lou Gehrig division standings.
LAST SEASON VS. PENN
Brown split a two-game series in Philadelphia last season, winning the first game, 8-5, before dropping the second, 3-1.
Columbia heads into the weekend at 6-15 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League after sweeping Harvard and dropping both ends of a doubleheader against Dartmouth last weekend. Columbia started the season 0-10 but most recently upset No. 4 St. John's on Wednesday for a 6-5 record over the last 11 games. Liam McGill is ranked fourth in the league in batting average (.379) and also has 14 walks for a team-best .526 on-base percentage. Randell Kanemaru is second on the team with a .348 average and leads the way in home runs (3) and RBIs (14). As a team, Columbia owns a 4.22 ERA in league contests. Columbia went 10-10 in the Ivies last season.
LAST SEASON VS. COLUMBIA
Brown dropped both ends of a road doubleheader at Columbia last season, 7-3 and 10-2.
NEW SEASON, NEW FIELD
2017 marks the first season for Brown baseball in its renovated stadium at the Erickson Athletic Complex. Baseball has a rich and storied tradition at Brown University, and to commemorate this historic season, there will be a ceremonial first pitch prior to many of the games this season.
Brown's Deputy Director of Athletics, Colin Sullivan, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to game one on Saturday.