Baseball Drops Doubleheader to Brown, 4-3 F/11 and 6-4

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

Providence, R.I. – Penn baseball dropped a pair to Brown at Aldrich Field on Saturday. The Red and Blue gave up a two run lead to suffer a 6-4 loss in the night cap, while the two teams battled for 11 innings in the opener with the Bears coming away with a 4-3 victory.

Game one was an 11-inning marathon ended when, with Penn’s (8-16, 5-5 Ivy) fielders drawn in, Brown (9-11, 2-2) center fielder Eric Larson singled to left field driving in Paul Christian from third for the winning tally. Christian finished the opener, which lasted three hours and 40 minutes, 2-for-5 at the plate with a pair of runs scored and one RBI.

Penn scored first with a run in the first and the third innings. Nate Moffie drove in the first of his two RBI by reaching on an error to bring home Jarron Smith who led off the game with a double down the right field line off a 2-1 offering from Bears starter Bryan Tews, who fanned 10 Quakers during his 7.2 innings of work. The Red and Blue added another run in the top of the third when Moffie again reached on an error to score J.T. Hutchinson who led off the inning with a two-bagger down the left field line. Moffie registered five at bats and collected a pair of hits to go along with the two runs driven in.

The Aldrich Field scoreboard remained silent until the bottom of the fourth when Brown knotted the score at two. Larson brought home the Bears first run with a sacrifice fly, scoring Christian who led off with a single that dribbled to third base. First baseman Danny Hughes grounded out to short but plated the tying run by scoring Matt Kutler who singled on a comebacker to the mound earlier in the inning.

Penn broke the tie in the eighth inning when Bryan Graves stroked one of his three hits to score fellow outfielder Alex Blagojevich, who singled to right field, from second base. Graves was one of three Quakers to record multiple hits in the opener as Matt Horn went 2-for-4 at the plate with a double, his fifth of the season, and a single. The lead would not last as Kutler took Andy Console’s first pitch of the eighth inning over the left field wall to tie the score again at three. Kutler was huge at the dish, going 4-for-5 with two runs scored and one RBI.

Penn hurlers pitched out of bases loaded jams in the eighth and ninth but could not escape the Brown 11th as Christian drew a walk, Kutler singled and Larson was intentionally walked to set the stage for Hughes. Each team went deep into their respective bullpens as Penn used three on the hill and Brown sent five to the mound. Robert Hallberg (1-0) earned his first win of the season, going one-third of an inning and throwing just four pitches. Remington Chin (2-1) went 2.1 innings, throwing 47 pitches in the loss.

Penn travels to New Haven, Conn. for a twin bill with Yale on April 10. The doubleheader begins at noon with the first pitch of the second game scheduled for one half hour after the conclusion of the first contest.

Penn took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning when designated hitter Spencer Witte ripped his fourth double of the season to center field to score Graves, who reached on a five-pitch walk. The Red and Blue added a pair to make their lead 3-0 in the fifth. Sean Abate registered his first triple of the year when he drove a 1-1 pitch to right field to plate Moffie, who reached on a single to right field.

Brown scored its first two runs with the long ball. Chris Contrino sent one deep in the fifth for his first-career home run and Paul Christian smoked a shot to the same spot of right field for his fifth of the season, moving him into fifth on the Brown all-time list with 21. The Bears scored four more runs in the bottom of the eighth on four hits and two errors to take a 6-4 lead.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications