PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown baseball team dropped a pair of close games to Columbia, 5-4 and 2-0, as the two teams wrapped up a three-game series on Saturday at Attanasio Family Field at Murray Stadium.
Brown moved to 7-19 overall and 3-9 in the Ivy League. Columbia improved 12-21, 8-4.
Game 1: Columbia 5, Brown 4
Willy Homza (Anchorage, Alaska) paced the Bears in the opener as he went 3-for-3 with a walk and one run scored. Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) also added a pair of hits, while Parke Phillips (Venice, Fla.) and Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) drove in two runs apiece.
Collin Garner (St. Augustine, Fla.) went 6.1 innings with four earned runs and four strikeouts in the no-decision, before rookie Brennan Vasquez (Milton, Fla.) took the loss in relief. Ty Weist earned the win for the Lions out of the bullpen and Lucas Hall tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for the save.
Columbia struck first with one run in the second as Julian Bury scored on a wild pitch, but Garner kept the Lions off the board over the next three innings. The Bears broke through with four runs on three hits and one error in the fifth. The Bears took advantage of an error at shortstop with the bases loaded, as Hunter Carey (North Hampton, N.H.) and Homza both crossed the plate, before Grigo hit a two-run double down the right field line to make it 4-1.
The Lions evened the score with three runs in the top of the seventh, as Joe Engel and Bury hit back-to-back RBI singles to make it 4-4.
Bury pushed the Lions in front at the top of the ninth when he bunted for a single with the bases loaded. Vasquez picked up two straight outs to limit the damage to one run, but Hall came in for a 1-2-3 ninth to secure the save.
Game 2: Columbia 2, Brown 0
Delano put together a strong outing on the mound in the second game, but was handed the loss despite one earned run over 7.0 innings with five strikeouts. Harrisen Egly earned the win for the Lions as he limited the Bears to three hits over 5.2 scoreless innings. Leo Pollack went 3.1 frames for the save.
Delano and Egly held both lineups at bay over the first five innings with just three combined hits during the span. The Lions broke the scoreless stretch in the top of the sixth Liam McGill hit an RBI single up the middle.
Columbia added another run in the top of the ninth, when Joe Engel reached on an error and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly. Phillips hit a two-out double in the bottom half, but Pollack retired the final batter to complete the save.
Brown will visit Harvard in a three-game series next weekend.