March 7, 2009
Auburn, AL - The Bears dropped a pair of games to the Auburn Tigers on Saturday afternoon, losing the first game of the doubleheader 9-4 before falling 6-4 in the rematch. The Tigers used several offensive bursts to pull away in each game to take the second and third games of the series. With the loss, Brown drops to 1-4 on the season, while Auburn improves to 8-4.
In the first game, sophomore lefty Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) had an impressive start, holding Auburn to just a single run through the first three innings. However, the Tigers knocked out a two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth, and tacked on another four runs in the fifth, taking a 7-0 lead. For the day, Gormley went 5 2/3 innings and struck out six.
After scoreless frames in the sixth and seventh, Brown finally struck back in the eighth, putting up three runs of their own. Senior Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) continued his streak of RBI's, knocking in his fifth of the season, as he now has at least one in every game of the season so far. With the burst, Bruno was briefly back within striking distance at 7-3, but Auburn answered with two runs of its own in the bottom of the inning. Though Brown scored again in the ninth on a sacrifice fly by senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI), the Bears could get no closer, and the Tigers held on for the 9-4 win.
The second game got off to a rough start for the Bears, as the first batter of the game homered for Auburn, giving the Tigers the early 1-0 lead. Starter Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) quickly settled down though, getting out of the inning without further damage.
Brown's offense then came awake in the top of the second, hitting five singles, which led to three runs scored. Rookie Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) got the scoring started with his first career collegiate RBI. Daniels and sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) then followed with hits of their own to push Brown's lead to 3-1 after two.
Bruno added another run in the top of the third, but the Tigers came back for three of their own in the bottom of the inning, tying the game at four apiece. The action settled down significantly after that, but Auburn took the lead on a solo home run in the fifth and added another run in the sixth for the final 6-4 margin.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow, when they finish up the Auburn series at 2:00 p.m.