Sunday, March 19, 2006

Solid contribution out of the bullpen? Check.

First victory of the season? Check.

Harvard's surprise super sub, senior RHP/LHP/PH Matt Brunnig, hurled four perfect innings of relief Sunday, preserving Harvard's first win of the year, 3-2, over New York Tech.

Starter (and emerging weekend option?) Brad Unger went the first five innings, allowing just three hits (all singles), to earn the win. He did allow five walks, which along with a couple untimely passed balls, paved the way for two unearned runs for NYTech.

Taylor Meehan had the at-bat of the game, ripping a two-run double in the fourth that put Harvard ahead to stay. Andrew Casey, Tom Stack-Babich and Matt Vance each had two base knocks, pacing a 10-hit attack for Harvard.

Back to Brunnig: 12 up, 12 down to earn his fifth career save. His ERA is still hovering at 9.00--this, thanks to a dubious relief inning in Harvard's 17-6 dismantling at Florida, where he had five earned runs charged to him after retiring the first two batters of said inning--and the jury has remained out on Brunnig for three-plus years. Still, today's outing--along with the random pinch-hitting success of late (he had his first career RBI yesterday)--is enough to stir an optimist to wonder if this isn't the year Brunnig might finally put it together. Here's hoping.

No comments: