March 22, 2009
San Diego, CA - The Bears dropped a pair to kick off a four-game series against San Diego on Saturday afternoon, losing a tightly contested 4-3 game in ten innings before falling 11-5 in the rematch. Sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) went 4-9 with two RBI's over the doubleheader to lead the Bears, who fall to 1-7 on the season.
Bruno kicked off the first game on a positive note, as senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) reached on an error by the second baseman, then stole second and scored on a single up the middle by Zrenda, giving the Bears an early 1-0 lead. However, San Diego found a rare weak point in an otherwise solid start by junior Rob Wilcox (Columbia, S.C.), scoring two runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead. On the day, Wilcox pitched 7 1/3 innings and gave up just three runs, including two earned.
The offenses then settled down for the middle section of the game, as four innings passed without a runner crossing the plate. After San Diego added another run in the bottom of the seventh, upping their advantage to 3-1, the Bears responded with a pair in the eighth to knot things up. With runners on second and third, senior captain Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) pushed a single through the right side, bringing both runs in.
With neither offense able to score in the ninth, the game went to extra innings, the second such game for Brown in the young season. After Bruno went scoreless in the top of the frame, San Diego barely got across the winning run, scoring on a two-out single to take the game 4-3.
In the ensuing game, San Diego came out with hot bats throughout the lineup, as starter Will Weidig (Katy, TX) struggled through five innings, giving up eleven earned runs, although he did strike out five batters. Brown was shut out through the first three innings, finally breaking through in the fourth on an RBI triple from Nuzzo.
After adding another in the sixth, the Bears broke through for their best inning of the series, scoring three runs in the top of the seventh. Zrenda and freshmen Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) and Garrett Champion (Los Angeles, CA) each had one RBI apiece. However, the rally was not enough to pull Brown back into the game, as San Diego went on to take an 11-5 victory.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they take on San Diego at 1:00 p.m. PT. The doubleheader that was scheduled for Sunday was moved up a day due to weather concerns.