Bears Sweep Columbia
Brown Stops Columbia, 9-6The Brown baseball team extended its current winning streak to three games with an impressive 9-6 win over the Columbia Lions in the first game of the teams’ doubleheader, played Monday at Aldrich-Dexter Field. The win snapped Columbia’s six-game winning streak.
With the score tied at two heading into the home half of the fifth, the Bears exploded for seven runs on seven hits, knocking starter Jessen Grant from the game. Rob Deeb broke the game open with an RBI double that scored two Bears, and John Cappello also added a two RBI double in the inning.
In the game, eight of Brown’s nine starters had hits, and seven different Bears knocked in at least one run. Starter Jamie Grillo went 5 2/3 innings, allowing ten hits and six runs before yielding to Sam Jennings, who went the final 1 1/3 for his second save of the season.
Bears edge Lions in slugfest, 13-12Senior Erik Bass struck out Justin Berti with the tying run in scoring position, and freshman Matt Kutler hit a school-record four doubles, as the Brown Bears pounded out 19 hits to defeat the Columbia Lions 13-12 and win their fourth consecutive game.
After falling behind 4-0 in the third, the Bears struck for three runs in the fourth and fifth and a four-spot in the sixth, to pull ahead of Columbia. The scrappy Lions picked up three runs in the seventh, but the Bears countered with three more in the seventh to keep the five-run advantage.
However, with Brown leading 13-8 heading into the ninth, the Columbia offense came alive, scoring four runs to pull within one with nobody out in the ninth. Bass came on to get the final three outs, including the game-ending whiff of Berti.
For Brown, Kutler went 5-6 with three runs scored and an RBI, while Shaun Gallagher went 3-5 with 4 RBI. Rob Deeb went 4-5 with a pair of runs scored, and Steve McCaughey belted a homer for Brown. Dan Kantrovitz went 1-3 to extend his hitting streak to 15 games.
The Bears, now 11-13 overall and 5-1 in the Rolfe Division, will take on Dartmouth this weekend.