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Brown falls to URI, beats Holy Cross

After a tough trip to South Carolina last weekend, Brown's baseball team (2-7) returned to the Northeast to try to right the ship against the University of Rhode Island (6-10) and Holy Cross (4-7). The team found mixed results as it fell 15-4 to URI but bounced back with a 13-7 win over Holy Cross.

URI 15, Brown 4

The Bears had high hopes as they made the short drive to Kingston, R.I., to take on the URI Rams. But URI got off to a fast start, leading 4-0 after three innings, and the Rams never looked back.

Brown's first real offensive opportunity did not come until the seventh inning, when the Bears scored three runs. The runs were batted in by designated hitter Daniel Rosoff '12, who went 2-5 with three RBI in the game.

The Bears' only other run came in the eighth inning when John Sheridan '13 came through with an RBI pinch-hit double. But it was too little too late for the Bears as the Rams went on to the 15-4 victory.

Brown 13, Holy Cross 7
The next day, the Bears traveled to take on the Holy Cross Crusaders.

"This week's first game against URI was a wake-up call for our team," said first baseman Pete Greskoff '11. "I think that most of the guys thought that since we were able to compete against the southern teams we played, that we would be able to just show up and win against northern teams. After that game, we knew we had to come to play against Holy Cross."

The Bears got off to a fast start, scoring three runs in the first inning on an RBI groundout by second baseman Ryan Zrenda '11 and a two-run home run by Greskoff.

But the Bears found themselves down 4-3 going into the second inning.

In the top of the second, Brown went up for good when they scored four runs to take a 7-4 lead. The Bears scored all their runs with two outs, as Zrenda had a bases-clearing double and Greskoff followed him with another RBI double.

The Bears added six more runs and went on to win, 13-7. Relief pitcher Kevin Carlow '13 got the win by pitching 4 1/3 innings, giving up only two runs and four hits. Offensively for the Bears, Zrenda finished the game 1-4 with two runs and four RBI. Greskoff was 3-5 with six RBI and three runs scored, and catcher Matt Colantonio '11 was 2-3 with three runs scored.

Brown players said they hope to build on the momentum from the win over Holy Cross.
"Our offense responded very well by putting up 13 runs, and our bullpen did a great job of suppressing a pesky Holy Cross offense," Colantonio said. "The Holy Cross game was exactly what we needed as a team. We are looking forward to our spring break trip and onto the start of the Ivy League season."

But the win did not come without a toll. In the game, starting pitcher Mark Gormley '11 blew out his elbow and will likely miss the rest of the season because of surgery.

The Bears next play Troy on Saturday in Alabama.



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