PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) hit a two-out single in the bottom of the ninth to give the Brown baseball team a walk-off win over Cornell, 7-6, in game two to salvage a Saturday split as the teams opened a three-game set at Attanasio Family Field.
Brown moved to 11-25 overall and 6-14 in the Ivy League after a pair of close games. Cornell won the first game, 10-7, in extra innings and now stands at 12-20-1, 7-10.
Game 1: Cornell 10, Brown 7 (10 Innings)
Willy Homza (Anchorage, Alaska) put together a three-hit effort in the first game, adding two runs scored, and rookie Joe Lomuscio (West Roxbury, Mass.) added a pair of hits with two RBIs. Calvin Farris (San Diego, Calif.) and Hunter Carey (North Hampton, N.H.) drove in two runs apiece.
Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) allowed four earned runs over 4.2 innings in the no decision and Brennan Vasquez (Milton, Fla.) took the loss in relief. Jeb Bemiss provided 3.0 innings on one-hit work out of the bullpen to get the win for Cornell, before Andrew Ellison picked up the save.
Brown scored four runs in the opening frame, racking up five hits including three doubles, and then added a pair of runs in the second inning for the early six-run advantage. Cornell added two in the third and three in the fifth to trim the lead to one, but the Bears answered in the bottom half when Farris hit a solo homer for the two-run lead.
Nevertheless, the Big Red continued to chip away, scoring one in the sixth before Kyle Gallagher added an RBI single in the eighth in even the score, 7-7. Both teams pitched hitless sides in the ninth to force extra innings. Cornell came back with three runs in the tenth inning as Ryan Krainz hit a two-run single through the right side. The Big Red added another run and then Ellison pitched a 1-2-3 bottom half to secure the win.
Game 2: Brown 7, Cornell 6
Lomuscio went 3-for-4 with two runs to power the Brown offense in the second game, while Cameron Deere (Los Angeles, Calif.) drove in three runs. Brown out hit the Big Red by a 9-6 margin.
Rookie Collin Garner (St. Augustine, Fla.) gave the Bears a strong start on the mound, as he allowed just two unearned runs and one walk over 7.0 frames. Farris picked up the win out of the bullpen and Ellison was charged with the loss.
The Bears broke a 1-1 game with four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Deere stepped up with a three-run double to right field and Brian Ginsberg (Los Angeles, Calif.) followed with an RBI single for the four-run advantage. Cornell managed to get one run back in the sixth, but Lomuscio responded with a solo home run in the bottom half.
Cornell started its comeback in the ninth inning when Matt Collins seemingly hit a one-out popup to first base, but the umpire ruled catcher's interference on the play to load the bases. Kalani Matton followed with a pinch-hit grand slam in the next at-bat to tie the game.
Brown answered back in the bottom half, starting when Parke Phillips (Venice, Fla.) moved to second on a wild pitch, giving the Bears a man in scoring position with two outs. Grigo beat out an infield single to second base, forcing a throwing error on the play, as Phillips crossed the plate for the win.
Brown will host Cornell in the season finale and Senior Day tomorrow at noon.