CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Brown baseball team battled back to even the score in the top of the ninth of game two, but the Bears dropped both ends of a doubleheader at Harvard, 3-1 and 8-7, as the two teams opened a three-game set Saturday at O'Donnell Field.
Brown moves to 7-22 overall and 3-11 in the Ivy League. Harvard improves to 16-16, 6-5.
Rookie Collin Garner (St. Augustine, Fla.) allowed three runs over 5.0 innings in the loss to go along with five strikeouts. Seniors Dante Bosnic (Lutz, Fla.) and Grant Greeno (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) combined for 3.0 innings of hitless work out of the bullpen. Noah Zavolas gave up just four hits in eight scoreless frames to earn the win for the Crimson.
Harvard scored the first run of the game on a single in the third inning and then Buddy Mrowka followed with a two-run single in the fourth to give the Crimson the three-run lead.
After Zavolas kept the Bears off the board through eight innings, Kieran Shaw came in to close the door, but the Bears made it interesting when Delano blasted a solo homer to center field. Nevertheless, Shaw was able to pick up the final two outs to secure the save.
Game 2: Harvard 8, Brown 7
Delano and freshman Joe Lomuscio (West Roxbury, Mass.) both had three hits apiece in the second game, while Lomuscio added his first career homer and drove in three runs. Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) posted multiple hits as he went 2-for-4 with a pair of walks and Brian Ginsberg (Los Angeles, Calif.) had two RBIs.
Delano gave up six runs over 5.0 frames for the no decision before Calvin Farris (San Diego, Calif.) took the loss out of the bullpen. Hunter Bigge earned the win for the Crimson in relief.
After Harvard opened with two runs in the first, the Bears returned the favor with a pair in the second, as Lomuscio blasted a two-run home run to right field. The Crimson answered with three in the third inning for the 5-2 advantage.
The two teams traded runs over the next two innings before Delano scored on a hit by pitch in the seventh to cut the lead to two, 6-4. Lomuscio then scored on a groundout in the eighth to bring the Bears with one run, but the Crimson regained the two-run lead with one tally in the bottom half.
Brown evened the score with two runs on a pair of hits and one error in the ninth, as Hunter Carey (North Hampton, N.H.) scored on a groundout and Brennan Vasquez (Milton, Fla.) tied the game on a two-out single to shortstop.
Nevertheless, Matt Rothenberg won the game for Harvard with walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth.
The two teams will wrap up the series with a single game tomorrow at 1 PM.