April 27, 2008
New Haven, CT - Sophomore Will Weidig (Katy, TX) and freshman Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) both threw complete-game shutouts on Sunday, as the Brown baseball team (19-24, 9-11 Ivy League) polished off a four-game sweep of Yale (20-24-1, 9-10 Ivy League) with 7-0 and 9-0 wins at Yale Field. The duo allowed just 14 baserunners over the 16 innings played, while the Brown offense averaged a run per inning to close out the home-and-home sweep.
The wins give the Bears a 9-11 final Ivy League record, good for third in the Red Rolfe Division. Dartmouth clinched the division on Saturday and finished with a 15-5
Weidig and Gormley joined senior Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) in pitching shutouts against the Bulldogs, who had been fighting to catch up to Dartmouth for first place the Red Rolfe Division. In the opener, Weidig scattered four hits, all singles, allowing no walks while striking out seven Yale batters. The Elis only got two runners to second base in the game, neither advancing any farther, as Weidig needed just 91 pitches to finish the seven-inning contest.
In game two, Gormley pitched by far his best game of the year, needing just 94 pitches to throw the nine-inning complete game despite having a previous career high of 6.1 innings, set last Sunday against Harvard. The rookie lefthander allowed seven hits and one walk, striking out two batters.
The rookie lefthander did get into some trouble, with Yale's best run-scoring chance coming in the third. Freshman Andrew Kolmar and seniors Dan Soltman and Josh Cox hit three singles to load the bases with no outs, with Yale's 2-3-4 hitters coming up. However, Gormley got senior catcher PJ Gorynski to ground into a fielder's choice to third base, as junior Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) threw Kolmar out at home for the first out. Gormley then got junior Stefan Schropp to ground into a 4-6-3 double play, ending the rally with no damage done.
Gormley again saw trouble in the fourth, as senior J.J. Eno's (Kahului, HI) error on a single to left by freshman Andrew Moore gave the Bulldogs runners on second and third with no outs. Again, the freshman got out of the jam, inducing an infield popup and a groundout to short to end the inning. He allowed just two baserunners over the final five innings.
At the plate, the Bears again got contributions from throughout the lineup. In game one, Eno hit his fourth home run of the season while going 2-for-4 with a walk. Sophomore right fielder Nick Puñal (Palm Beach, FL) continued to hit well, going 2-for-3 with a walk, driving in one run and scoring twice and stealing the first of three bases on the day. Freshman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) was 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, while freshman catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) and senior utilityman Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT) were both 0-for-2 with two walks.
In the second game, junior center fielder Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) was 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, an RBI, and a stolen base, his 19th of the year. Junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) hit his team-leading sixth home run, going 2-for-4 with a walk, two RBIs and three runs scored. Colantonio again walked twice, going 1-for-3 with a double and three runs scored.
Senior designated hitter Conor Reardon (Branford, CT) had a hit in each game, bringing his team season-high hitting streak to 17 games. For the weekend, Zrenda led the Bears, going 8-for-13 (.615) with six runs batted in. Puñal (.438), Nuzzo (.429), and Daniels (.412) all hit over .400 over the four games as well. The Bears' pitching staff gave up just six runs, five earned, in 32 innings for a 1.41 ERA.
The Bears will close their season on Wednesday at Bryant. First pitch will be at 3:30 p.m.