PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Josh Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Brown baseball team past Bryant, 5-4, in game two of Saturday's home-opening doubleheader.
Brown (2-6) also claimed game one, 4-3, in the first game played at its renovated playing field. Bryant dropped to 3-12 on the season.
Brown will look for the weekend series sweep when the Bears host Bryant tomorrow at 1 PM.
Game 1: Brown 4, Bryant 3
Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) paced the Bears in the opener as he went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a triple and a double, and scored two runs. Fellow senior Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) allowed two earned runs over seven innings with nine strikeouts to pick up the win. Sophomore JJ Sliepka (Houston, Texas) had a pair of strikeouts in the ninth to earn the save.
Steve Theetge gave up four runs, with just one earned, in the loss for the Bulldogs.
Brown struck first in the bottom of the third when Brian Ginsberg (Los Angeles, Calif.) opened the inning with a single and double, respectively. Ginsberg touched home on a wild pitch before Henry crossed the plate on a fielder's choice for the two-run lead.
Henry drove in another run in the fifth with a triple to right field and then scored on a fielder's choice to make it 4-0.
Bryant chipped away with two runs in the seventh and added another run in the ninth, but Sliepka was able to get a final strikeout with two runners on to seal the win.
Game 2: Brown 5, Bryant 4 (11 Innings)
Ginsberg had a pair of hits and drove in three runs in the second game, while rookie Rich Ciufo (Medford, N.Y.) also had two hits and one RBI.
Reid Anderson (Aledo, Texas) gave up three runs in five innings as the starter, before Dante Bosnic (Lutz, Fla.) allowed one unearned run in 1.2 innings in relief. Will Tomlinson, Samuel Hauser and Bobby Leyman combined for 4.1 scoreless frames to close out the contest.
Bryant scored three runs over the opening two innings, and after three scoreless innings, the Bears took the lead with four runs in the sixth inning. After Ginsberg evened the score with a bases-clearing three-run double, Ciufo followed with a go-ahead RBI single to left field.
The Bulldogs responded with one run in the top of the seventh when Tyler Panno hit an RBI triple to tie the game, 4-4.
After three scoreless innings and with darkness looming in the bottom of the 11th, Willy Homza (Anchorage, Alaska) drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, setting up Huntley's two-out walk-off single to right field.
Brown will host Bryant tomorrow at 1 PM.