PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After dropping the first game, 4-2, the Brown baseball team rallied past Penn in the second contest, 8-6, to split Saturday's Ivy League doubleheader at Murray Stadium.
Brown moves to 9-11 overall and 3-3 in the Ivy League, while Penn stands at 14-11, 4-2 in the conference.
Game 1: Penn 4, Brown 2
Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) went 2-for-2 at the plate to pace the offense in the opener, while Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) and Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) drove in one run apiece.
Jake Cousins picked up the win for the Quakers as he allowed just two runs over the complete seven innings with six strikeouts. Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) was saddled with the loss as he gave up four runs over seven frames with five strikeouts.
Grigo put the Bears on the board early with an RBI double in the first inning, but the Quakers responded with a pair of solo homers in the second inning to gain the lead.
After Matt McGeagh added another solo shot in the fourth to give Penn the three-run lead, the Bears took one back in the bottom of the sixth, as Huntley hit an RBI double to right center. Nevertheless, Penn added a solo home run in the seventh and sent down the Bears in order to hang on for the win.
Game 2: Brown 8, Penn 6
Penn opened the second game with five runs in the first two innings, but the Bears answered back with eight runs over the next five frames to complete the comeback win and secure a series split.
Reid Anderson (Aledo, Texas) had eight strikeouts over five innings as the starter, before the bullpen combined for one run in four innings of work. Rookie Will Tomlinson (Irvine, Calif.) earned the win behind two scoreless innings of relief. Junior Dante Bosnic (Lutz, Fla.) picked up a one-out save for his first stop of the season.
Brown's comeback started in the third, when Grigo and Huntley hit back-to-back RBI singles. Huntley added another RBI hit in the fifth before Deere drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the sixth, trimming the lead to one, 5-4.
After Henry tied up the game with a leadoff solo homerun in the seventh, Delano pushed across the go-ahead run, as he beat out an infield hit with two outs and bases loaded. Deere followed with a two-run single to center field for the three-run advantage.
Penn pulled within two runs with a solo homer in the eighth and then made it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases with three hits, but Bosnic came in and forced a final groundout to seal the win.
Brown will host Columbia in a doubleheader tomorrow at noon. Both games will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.