April 8, 2008
Hamden, CT - Every Brown starter either scored or drove in a run as the Bears (12-13) topped Quinnipiac (5-16) at Bobcat Field on Tuesday afternoon in non-conference action. The Brown lineup produced 19 hits on the afternoon, jumping out to an 8-0 lead in the first three innings and cruising the rest of the way, as eight pitchers shared the workload on the mound.
Freshman catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) had the best game at the plate on a day that saw plenty of great offensive performances. The Bears' leading hitter went 3-for-3 with a walk and a hit-by-pitch, reaching base every time he came up and scoring three runs. Junior leadoff man and center fielder Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) reached four times, going 3-for-5 with a hit-by-pitch, driving in two runs and scoring one.
Sophomore right fielder Nick Puñal (Palm Beach, FL) and freshman second baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) had the best days in terms of run production. Puñal was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored, while Zrenda was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Senior utilityman Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT), who got the start in left field, was 3-for-6, driving in a pair. Junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) was just 1-for-5 with a hit-by pitch, but his one hit was his team-leading fourth home run of the year, with all of those coming in the last seven days.
Freshman Conor Burke (Andover, MA) got the start and earned his first collegiate win, throwing two scoreless innings. He was followed by freshman Josh Feit (Woodcliff Hills, NJ), who allowed two runs in 2.2 innings, the longest Brown outing of the day. Also getting in on the mound were sophomore Rob Wilcox (Columbia, SC), sophomore lefty Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA), freshman Davis Wedgworth (Montgomery, AL) in his first collegiate appearance, freshman lefty Mark Gormley (Milton, MA), senior Peter Moskal (Glastonbury, CT), and senior Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ). In total, the Brown staff gave up six hits and eight walks, striking out seven.
The Bears got all the runs they'd need in the second and third innings. The team batted around in the second, scoring four runs on five singles and a double. Another four runs scored in the next inning, this time on four singles and a double. After Quinnipiac got runs in the fourth and fifth, Daniels got on after getting hit with a pitch, moved to third on a single by Kelaher, then scored on a single by senior designated hitter Conor Reardon (Branford, CT). Nuzzo's solo home run in the eighth made it 10-2 Bears, and after a three-run rally by the Bobcats in the eighth, two more runs came in on a hit-by-pitch, three singles, and another hit batter before the game ended with the bases loaded.
This weekend, the first-place Dartmouth Big Green (13-9) comes to Providence for a crucial four-game series. Dartmouth leads the Red Rolfe Division with a 7-1 record after splitting a doubleheader with Columbia on Monday, and will host Quinnipiac for its lone midweek game on Wednesday. At 4-4, the Bears will need a big weekend to stay in the hunt for the Ivy League Championship. Probable starting pitchers for both teams will be announced later this week.