Marist Pitching Stymies Bears' Lineup in Doubleheader Sweep
April 15, 2008
Poughkeepsie, NY - Marist pitchers held Brown batters to just 15 hits over 14 innings as the Bears (13-18) dropped both ends of a non-conference doubleheader to the Red Foxes (13-16), 9-4 and 5-2, on Tuesday at McCann Field. The Brown lineup produced just two extra-base hits on the day, as Marist took early leads in both contests to gain the victories.
Freshman left-hander Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) got the start in the opener, and was hurt by a poor first inning. After the Bears left the bases loaded in the top of the frame, the Red Foxes struck for four runs on four hits, including two doubles, and a walk.
For the next four innings, Gormley and his counterpart, Richard Cary, held opposing hitters scoreless. The Bears finally broke through in the sixth, as sophomore right fielder Nick Puñal (Palm Beach, FL) singled home junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA). However, Marist struck big again in the bottom of the inning, taking advantage of errors by Gormley and Nuzzo to score five unearned runs, two of which were charged to the starter and the other three of which were charged to his replacement, freshman sidearmer Davis Wedgworth (Montgomery, AL).
The Bears made a run at it in the sixth, scoring three runs on two walks, two singles, and a sac fly, but the hole was just too deep to climb out of. Nuzzo finished the contest with two hits and a sac fly, while senior Conor Reardon (Branford, CT), who played first base for the second time this season, was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Gormley took the loss to fall to 2-2, giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks over 5.2 innings, striking out six. Cary picked up the win for Marist, making him 5-0 on the year. He allowed three runs on five hits and five walks over 6.0 innings, striking out four.
In the second contest, the Bears' bats were even quieter, as they were able to muster just two runs off of Marist starter Eric Alessio, who scattered eight hits and two walks over 6.0 innings to pick up his first win of the year. Brown sophomore Rob Wilcox (Columbia, SC) threw all six innings to take the loss, allowing five runs, all of which scored in the first three frames. He gave up 11 hits, but no walks, and struck out five.
The Bears got their only two runs in the top of the third. Nuzzo brought in senior J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) with the Bears' second double of the inning for the first run, and Puñal singled home Reardon for the second run. But that proved to be the only scoring, as Marist's Eric Wiley entered during the first at-bat of the seventh to record the save, his second. Senior utilityman Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT), who caught during the second game, was the lone Bear with two hits.
On Wednesday, the Bears will get right back at it again, hosing the University of Connecticut for a non-conference game at Murray Stadium at 3 p.m.