April 30, 2009

Bears Close Season With Loss to Bryant

April 30, 2009

Box Score

Providence, R.I. - The Bears fell 10-2 against Bryant in the final game on the season on Thursday afternoon, dropping their first home game of the season to finish at 18-1-1 at Murray Stadium on the season. Sophomore designated hitter Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) tied for the team lead with his 11th home run of the season, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning. With the loss, Brown finishes the season at 24-19-1 overall, and 15-5 in Ivy League play.

The Bulldogs struck early against Brown starter Conor Burke (Andover, MA), scoring four runs over the first four innings to take a 4-0 lead. Sophomore Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT) then homered in the fifth inning to pull Brown back to within 4-1. However, Bryant then came back with four runs in the top of the sixth, essentially putting the game away at 8-1. Though Greskoff homered in the bottom of the frame, it was the final run of the contest for the Bears, while Bryant added on two more to take the 10-2 win.

Though not a save situation, sophomore closer Matthew Kimball (Nashville, TN) came in to pitch the eighth and ninth, and threw two perfect innings while striking out two. In just one season as the closer, Kimball tied the Brown career record for saves, wracking up ten in 44 games and winning the Ivy League's Pitcher of the Week award during the season.