March 28, 2009
Ithaca, N.Y. - Brown split with Cornell on Saturday afternoon, going 1-1 to open Ivy League play. Sophomore designated hitter Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) had the big hit for the Bears in the opener, coming through with a three-run home run in the top of the fifth. With the win, Brown improves to 4-10, while Cornell falls to 3-11 on the season.
In the initial game, Bruno got on the board first, scoring in the second inning. After sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) doubled to lead things off, rookie shortstop Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) singled with two outs to bring him home, giving Brown an early lead.
Sophomore Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) pitched a solid game, going the full seven innings to pick up the win. He allowed only two earned runs, and struck out seven while allowing just five hits. Gormley also kept the Big Red scoreless through the first five innings, allowing Brown to build a solid lead. After the early run in the second, Brown was held off the scoreboard until the fifth, when Greskoff hit his home run to up the lead to 4-0. Zrenda quickly followed that with an RBI double, essentially sealing the game for Bruno. Though Cornell had a brief rally in the sixth, the Bears answered with five more runs in the top of the seventh, pulling away for a 10-2 win.
Pitching ruled the rematch early, as neither team was able to push across a run for the first three innings. Junior Will Weidig (Katy, TX) got the start for Brown, and pitched an effective game early, although he eventually gave up seven earned runs. Bruno pushed across a pair of runs in the fourth, but Cornell quickly answered with three of its own in the bottom of the frame.
The teams traded runs in the fifth and sixth, highlighted by an RBI single from senior Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA), and Cornell left the middle three innings with an 8-4 lead. After the brief offensive fireworks, however, the final three innings were again scoreless, and Cornell held on for the win.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they take on Princeton in a doubleheader starting at noon.