April 5, 2008
Providence, RI - Needing a big weekend to get back into the thick of the Ivy League race, the Brown baseball team (10-12, 3-3 Ivy League) got a pair of important wins against Cornell on Saturday, sweeping the Big Red (6-13, 0-4 Ivy League), 5-4 and 11-7, at Murray Stadium. The Brown bullpen turned in a solid performance, as Mark Gormley (Milton, MA), Anthony Vita (West Babylon, NY), and Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) combined for 4.2 innings of scoreless relief over the two contests, stranding six out of seven inherited runners.
Both of Brown's starting pitchers earned the wins. In the opener, senior Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk, striking out five. He gave way to Gormley, who got a strikeout and walked the next batter before Hallberg entered to close. The senior retired the lone batter he faced in the eighth and three of the four he faced in the ninth, three on strikeouts, to earn his third save of the year. That gave him 10 in his career, tying the Brown career mark held by Rob Monnes '93.
In game two, sophomore Will Weidig (Katy, TX) worked through six innings, facing one batter in the seventh, allowing seven runs, four earned, on eight hits and four walks. He struck out five batters as well. He was relieved by Gormley, and the freshman left-hander went 1.2 solid innings, allowing just two hits and no walks. Vita, the scheduled starter for Sunday's first game, replaced him for one batter and induced an infield pop-up. Hallberg pitched the ninth, allowing one hit and striking out one batter.
At the plate, the Bears took early leads, as they have much of the season (33-7 run differential in the first inning this year), scoring three runs in the first inning of game one and five in the first inning of game two. In game one, junior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) led the offensive effort, going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, and freshman catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) was 1-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and two RBIs.
Game two saw a much more potent Brown offense than the one that scratched out six hits in the opening contest, as the Bears got 15 hits and were aided by two Cornell errors. Junior third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) and senior left fielder Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) both went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, with the former driving in two runs and the latter driving in one. Nuzzo and freshman first baseman Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) both hit home runs, with Nuzzo's good for three runs with no outs in the first and Greskoff's coming in the third after the Big red had scored two runs to begin creeping back into the game. Nuzzo was 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored in the game, while Colantonio was 1-for-3 and reached after getting hit by pitches twice.
The Bears will turn their attention to their final Lou Gehrig Division opponent on Sunday, Princeton. The Tigers split with Yale on Saturday, entering the game with an 11-13 overall record and 3-3 Ivy record. Vita (1-2, 3.18) will start game one against RHP David Hale (2-1, 3.25), while freshman Josh Feit (Woodcliff Hills, NJ) (0-2, 3.94) will toe the rubber in game two against RHP Steven Miller (2-2, 4.20). The first game, which will start at noon, will be broadcast live on the web by Brown Student Radio at bsrlive.com, as well as on the Providence airwaves at 88.1 FM.