Bears Fall to Campbell, 5-2

March 24, 2008

Box Score

Buies Creek, NC - After rallying to take a 2-1 lead in the fourth, the Brown baseball team (5-6) was unable to hold the lead, falling to Campbell (8-13), 5-2, at Taylor Field on Monday afternoon. Sophomore right fielder Nick Puñal (Palm Beach, FL) led the Bears, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. With the loss, the Bears moved to 2-2 on their nine-day, nine-game, 2,042-mile road trip.

It looked as though the Bears would jump ahead as they did in their three weekend games when junior center fielder Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) led the game off with a triple to right. However, the Camels caught a break in the next at-bat, as Daniels attempted to score on a wild pitch, but the carom off the backstop came right back to Campbell catcher Bryan Braswell, who flipped the ball to pitcher Colin Parker for the out. The Bears also got two-out doubles from Puñal and senior first baseman J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) in each ensuing inning, but could not break the ice.

Freshman right-hander Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, NJ) cruised through the first two innings, but got into a bit of trouble in the bottom of the third. After getting a groundout to start the inning, he walked the next two batters and allowed an infield single to load the bases. However, after a sacrifice fly scored one run and another walk re-loaded the bases, Feit induced a fly out to left field to end the threat.

The Bears took the lead in the top of the fourth. With one out, junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) and senior designated hitter Conor Reardon (Branford, CT) got on with singles, with junior third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) loading the bases with a walk. Puñal drove in one run with a single, chasing Parker for Jeff Hoffman. The new pitcher appeared to end the threat by inducing a double-play ball back to the mound, but Braswell's throw to first to double-up freshman second-baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) went off the runner's back, allowing Reardon to score from second for the second Brown run.

Unfortunately for the Bears, that would be their final run, as Hoffman picked up the win with 5.2 strong innings out of the bullpen, allowing just two hits and one walk. Campbell got the tying run in the bottom of the fifth, as center fielder Graham Fronk scored from third when second baseman Ellis Rowe drew a pickoff throw from Feit, getting caught in a run down to allow his teammate to score. The Camels then chased Feit from the game with four straight one-out singles in the sixth, scoring two runs, with the final run coming in on a sacrifice fly after senior righty Peter Moskal (Glastonbury, CT) relieved Feit.

In taking the loss, Feit allowed all five runs, four earned, in 5.1 innings, allowing seven hits and three walks while striking out five. Moskal faced three batters, retiring all of them, before giving way to sophomore left-hander Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA), who retired the final five batters after giving up a walk.

In the loss, Nuzzo extended his hitting streak to 10 games, while Daniels extended his to eight. Murphy saw his streak end at eight.

On Tuesday, the Bears will travel an hour north to Durham, N.C., to take on Duke. Freshman right-hander Matthew Kimball (Nashville, TN) will take the mound for the Bears.