KINGSTON, R.I. – The Brown baseball team dropped a pair of Ivy League contests to Columbia, 8-0 and 11-3, to wrap up play against the Lou Gehrig division on Monday at the University of Rhode Island’s Bill Beck Field.
Brown moves to 6-18 overall and 2-6 in the Ivy League, while the Lions improved to 15-10 on the season and 7-1 in the league.
Game 1 (Columbia 8, Brown 0)
Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) made the start for the Bears and went 5.1 innings in the loss, allowing four hits and four earned runs with two strikeouts. Kevin Roy went the distance on the other end, limiting the Bears to three hits in seven innings for the win.
Wright held the Lions to just one run over the first five innings, but the visitors scored four runs in the sixth and three more in the seventh to seal the shutout victory. Sophomore Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) and junior Tim McKeithan (Arden, N.C.) hit one double apiece for the Bears.
Game 2 (Columbia 11, Brown 3)
Mike Weisman earned the win for Columbia in the second game, while Max Ritchie (Woodbridge, Conn.) took the loss for the Bears. Austin French (Orange, Conn.) was impressive out of the bullpen, allowing just one earned run in 4.1 innings of work with nine strikeouts.
Columbia jumped out of the gate with six runs in the first inning, but the Bears chipped away with three runs over the next three frames. After Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) hit an RBI double down the left field line in the second, Henry hit a single up the middle to send in Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) in the third. From there, Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) launched a solo shot over the left field fence in the fourth to trim the deficit to three, 6-3.
Nevertheless, the Lions answered back with five runs over the next two innings for the eight-run lead heading into the seventh frame. Columbia’s bullpen kept the Bears at bay with two hits over the final three innings to secure the sweep.
Brown returns to action on Wednesday, April 8 when they host UMass-Lowell at 3 p.m.