PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Junior Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) racked up seven hits on the day, but the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to Columbia, 3-1 and 9-5, in Ivy League play Sunday at Murray Stadium.
Brown moves to 9-13 overall and 3-5 in the league to wrap up competition against the Lou Gehrig division. Columbia improves to 8-15, 4-2 in the league and will visit Yale for two games tomorrow.
Game 1: Columbia 3, Brown 1
Grigo went 3-for-4 with three singles in the opener, while Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) collected two hits and one RBI. Max Ritchie (Westbrook, Conn.) was handed the loss as the starter, allowing two earned runs over 6.2 innings of work with four strikeouts.
Josh Simpson went six innings for Columbia in the win and Brett Gannaway pitched a scoreless seventh for the save.
After Columbia opened with one in the first, the Bears evened the score in the third, when Sredojevic drove in Grigo with a bunt single down the first base line.
The two teams were scoreless over the next three frames, highlighted by an impressive bases loaded doubled play turned by the Bears to get out of the sixth, until the Lions took the lead with two runs on three hits in the seventh. Grigo managed a two-out single in the bottom half, but Gannaway induced a final fly out to secure the win.
Game 2: Columbia 9, Brown 5
Grigo went 4-for-5 in the nightcap, including a double with one run scored, while Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) and Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) had two hits apiece. Sredojevic added two RBIs and one double.
Bobby Leyman (North Hampton, N.H.) took the loss as the starter for the Bears. Rookie Will Tomlinson (Irvine, Calif.) provided 4.0 innings of solid relief, allowing just one run with six strikeouts. Ethan Abrams gave up three runs in 4.1 innings for the Lions and Jordan Chriss picked up the win out of the bullpen.
Brown scored two runs on the pair of hits to open the game, as Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) hit an RBI single and Sredojevic drove in another on a groundout. Columbia came back with one in the second and then scored two in the third to take the lead, 3-2.
Cameron Deere (Los Angeles, Calif.) tied the game in the fourth with an RBI double, but the Lions responded with four runs in the top of the fifth. Brown started to chip away with a run in the sixth, but the Lions kept the Bears at bay over the next two frames and added two more runs for the 9-4 advantage.
The Bears opened the ninth inning with three straight singles and Sredojevic sent in a run after a hit by pitch, but Harrisen Egly recorded the final two outs with the bases loaded to seal the victory.
Brown will visit Rhode Island in midweek action on Tuesday. First pitch is set for 3:30 PM.