April 20, 2008
Cambridge, MA - For the second time in as many days, the Brown baseball team (14-22, 5-11 Ivy) was swept by Harvard (8-26, 7-9 Ivy) at O'Donnell Field. Crimson seniors Shawn Haviland and Brad Unger both threw complete games to earn wins, holding the Bears' lineup to just eight hits over the two contests.
Haviland, who threw in relief in Saturday's first game and warmed up in the bullpen at least twice in the second, got the start in the opener, allowing three runs, one earned, on five hits over seven innings, striking out eight. Junior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) had two hits in the contest, scoring once, as all three Brown runs were aided by Harvard errors.
The Bears took a lead in the top of the first thanks to a pair of Harvard errors. Daniels led off the game with a single up the middle, then scored after a pair of throwing errors in a pickoff attempt. Harvard got that run back in the bottom of the inning, as leadoff man Matt Rogers was hit by a pitch, then stole second. After two outs, first baseman Matt Kramer, who went 7-for-14 for the weekend, got some redemption, doubling down the left-field line to tie the game.
Rogers would continue to be a thorn in Brown senior Alex Silverman's (Wilmington, NC) side, homering in his next two at-bats. His first blast went to left center to lead off the third, with another run coming in on a Taylor Albright single. Rogers went deep with one out the following inning, beginning a five-run rally that was helped by two Brown errors and broke the game open for the Crimson.
The Bears broke through for two runs in the top of the fifth, again with the aid of two Harvard errors. Freshman first baseman Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) reached on a soft groundball to third, advancing on a throwing error by O'Hara. Junior third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) then singled to left, and an error by Rogers fielding the ball allowed Greskoff to score. After a Daniels single, Papenhause scored the Bears' final run on a wild pitch.
Harvard got one more run in the sixth for the 9-3 final, as Kramer reached on his fourth single of the day, advancing to second on a throwing error and later scoring on a single by catcher Taylor Albright.
Silverman took the loss to fall to 4-2, allowing seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits over 3.1 innings, striking out four. He was relieved by sophomore Rob Wilcox (Columbia, SC), who allowed two runs, one earned, over 2.2 innings.
In the second game, Unger took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning, when he faltered a bit and the Bears rallied. He wound up allowing two runs, both earned, on three hits, five walks, and a hit batter, striking out just three but inducing 15 groundouts.
However, by the time Brown rallied in the ninth, the Crimson had built a 5-0 lead. After one Crimson run in the first, Bears starter Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) settled down, allowing just one baserunner in the second, third, and fourth innings. Harvard got to him for three runs in the fifth on a walk and three hits, getting one more in the fifth on a first-and-third double steal that was aided by a Brown error.
After Gormley retired the first batter of the seventh, he was relieved by fellow freshman Josh Feit (Woodcliff Hills, NJ), who allowed two baserunners but no runs in ending the inning. Senior Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) threw a clean 1-2-3 eighth inning, making his 68th career appearance to tie Rob Monnes '93 for Brown's career record. Hallberg is also currently tied with Monnes for Brown's career saves record (10).
The Bears made a run at Unger in the ninth, but could not get all the way back. Senior designated hitter Conor Reardon (Branford, CT), who was 8-for-15 for the weekend, led off with his second hit of the game. Freshman catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) walked, and after a wild pitch, Papenhause grounded to second to drive in Reardon for the first Brown run. Junior Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) made the second out with his second consecutive line drive drilled right to an infielder, then sophomore Joe Mellano (Bonsall, CA) broke an 0-for-14 slump for the season, lacing a triple to left center that hit off the wall despite a strong wind blowing in and bringing the final Brown run in. The rally ended when Unger induced a ground ball from pinch hitter Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) to end the game.
This week, the Bears will play their final five home games at Murray Stadium this season. In-state foe Bryant (30-14), ranked first in the Northeast region and 25th in the nation in Division II, will come to Providence on Monday for a 3:15 p.m. game. Holy Cross (18-21) will come to town for two at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, and the Bears will host Yale (19-20-1, 9-6 Ivy) for a Senior Day doubleheader on Saturday at 1 p.m.