Here is your Ivy League Recap for Feb. 27th.
Game 1: FIU 3 Brown 2
Game 2: Brown 7 FIU 4
Conway, S.C. – The Bears split a doubleheader against Florida International to kick off the 2009 season on Friday afternoon. After dropping the opener by a 3-2 margin, Brown rallied back to take a 7-4 decision in the rematch, moving their record to 1-1 after the first day of the new season.
In the first game of the day, junior Will Weidig (Katy, TX) squared off in a pitcher’s dual with Florida International’s Scott Rembisz. Weidig pitched all eight innings for the Bears, allowing just three runs, all earned, and striking out five. Weidig also displayed outstanding control in his first start of the season, as he did not walk a single batter.
The Panthers struck first, getting on the board in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. That margin held up until the top of the seventh, when senior captain Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) knocked in a two-run home run, providing all the offense that the Bears would get in the contest. Nuzzo’s blast briefly gave Bruno a 2-1 lead, but Florida International wasted little time in answering back, scoring two of their own in the bottom of the inning. Following that outburst, both pitchers put zeros on the board for the remainder of the game, and the Panthers held on to make the 3-2 margin final.
Lamar 3 Columbia 0
BEAUMONT, Texas — Senior Joe Scarlata threw seven strong innings but the Lions were unable to mount an offensive attack against Lamar ace Ricky Testa as the Cardinals won their seventh straight game to open the season, handing the Lions a 3-0 setback in their season opener.
Lamar’s Tyler Link led off the bottom of the first with a solo home run to left field and the Cardinals pushed across an unearned run later in the inning to take an early 2-0 lead.
The Cardinals made it 3-0 in the second but Scarlata ended up pitching a solid seven innings, allowing just four hits, three walks while striking out three.
Game 1: Duke 8 Dartmouth 5
Game 2: Duke 6 Dartmouth 1
DURHAM, N.C. — The Dartmouth baseball team dropped both games of their season-opening doubleheader at Duke (5-1) on Friday by scores of 8-5 and 6-1. The Big Green, which started the day back in New Hampshire, could not get their bats on track in the rainy weather with just 10 hits in the twinbill, and only two in the nightcap.
Dartmouth (0-2) jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead in the second game of the doubleheader thanks to a Blue Devil miscue. Senior Johnathon Santopadre (Vacaville, Calif.) led off the game by reaching second on a throwing error, moved up to second on a grounder and scored on a single through the second base hole off the bat of junior Nick Santomauro (North Caldwell, N.J.).
In the bottom half, Duke quickly tied the score on a one-out triple by Alex Hassan and a double by Jeremy Gould, who was gunned down at third on a perfect relay from right field trying to stretch his hit into a triple.
UNC-Greensboro 6 Princeton 5
GREENSBORO, N.C. — UNC Greensboro’s Pedro Leon spoiled the season opener for the Princeton baseball team when he delivered a walk-off double to lift the Spartans to a 6-5 win over the Tigers on Friday night at the UNCG Baseball Stadium.
Princeton and the Spartans traded the lead a few times as both teams built up their run totals over the first six innings. Both offense went silent late until the Spartans were able to win in walk-off fashion.
Princeton jumped to an early lead in the top of the first inning when junior Jack Murphy homered in his first at-bat of the season. With senior Derek Beckman on third, Murphy homered to left center to put the Tigers on the board early. That lead didn’t last long though, as the Spartans countered with three unearned runs in the bottom of the first.