Baseball Splits Doubleheader at UMass Lowell

Baseball Splits Doubleheader at UMass Lowell

LOWELL, Mass. – The Brown baseball team downed UMass Lowell in the opener, 8-7, and then fell to the River Hawks in the second game, 3-0, in Tuesday's non-conference doubleheader at LeLacheur Park. 

Brown moves to 11-18 overall, while UMass Lowell now stands at 19-14 on the season.

Game 1: Brown 8, UMass Lowell 7

Brown rallied for a comeback win in the opener, scoring three runs over the final three frames, including the go-ahead tally in the top of the seventh to secure the victory. Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) and Rich Ciufo (Medford, N.Y.) both had two hits, while Grigo and Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) drove in two runs apiece. 

Senior Samuel Hauser (New York, N.Y.) earned the win in relief behind two scoreless innings, before Reid Anderson (Aledo, Texas) picked up the save after a scoreless seventh inning.

After Brown opened the game with one run in the top of the first, the River Hawks answered with four in the bottom half. Nevertheless, the Bears responded with four runs in the second, as Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) doubled in a run and Ciufo followed with an RBI single up the middle. Grigo and Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) added a pair of sacrifice flies for the one-run lead.

UMass Lowell took the lead with three in the fourth, but the Bears tied the game with two in the next inning, as Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) and Grigo hit consecutive RBI singles.

After Huntley pushed the Bears in front in the seventh with an RBI double to left field, Anderson came in to seal the win with his first save of the season.

Game 2: UMass Lowell 3, Brown 0

UML's Connor Metelski tossed five scoreless innings in the second game to earn the win as the starter and salvage a split for the home team. Grigo was handed the loss for the Bears and Nick Rand ended the game with a five-out save.

Sredojevic went 2-for-2 with one walk to lead the Brown offense and Delano added a double.

Lowell broke a scoreless game in the bottom of the third when Ted Leathersich crossed the plate on a groundout. The River Hawks tacked on two more runs in the fifth as Chris Sharpe hit a two-run double down the left field line.

Brown was able to work three walks in the sixth to load the bases, but Rand came in for an inning-ending strikeout and returned for a 1-2-3 seventh to complete the win.  

Brown will return to Ivy play this weekend when they host Harvard in a four-game series at Murray Stadium. Saturday's doubleheader will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Digital Network.