Baseball Edged by Rhode Island, 5-2, in Extra Innings

Baseball Edged by Rhode Island, 5-2, in Extra Innings
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) threw six scoreless innings on the mound for the Bears, but Rhode Island tied the game in the seventh to force extra innings and then scored three runs in the 11th frame as the Brown baseball team fell, 5-2, in the season finale Thursday at Murray Stadium.

Brown wraps up the season at 7-33 overall, while Rhode Island improves to 26-20 on the season.

J.J. Franco
(New York, N.Y.) led the Bears offensively with two hits in the contest, including a solo home run, while Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) also hit a solo shot. Carlow allowed just one hit in six scoreless innings to go along with seven strikeouts. Rob Curran earned the win for the Rams, while Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) was handed the loss.

Both starting pitchers were equally impressive to open the contest, moving through three innings of shutout ball, but Brown managed to strike first in the bottom of the fourth when Van Boom crushed a solo shot over the left field fence for the one-run lead.

The Bears added another run in the fifth, once again on the long ball as Franco smacked a leadoff solo shot for the two-run advantage.

After Brown went to the bullpen in the seventh inning, the Rams took advantage and scored a pair of runs on four hits to even the game. Jeff Roy and Mike Lebel recorded a pair of timely RBI singles in the frame as the teams stood tied at 2-2.

Rhode Island threatened in the top of the ninth with the bases loaded and one out, but Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) produced a double play to end the inning and get out of the jam.

Brown had a chance in the bottom of the 10th when Nate Kukowski (Brentwood, Tenn.) was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and then advanced to third on sacrifice bunt and a steal, but the Bears could not push across the equalizer as the teams continued in extra innings.

The Rams gained the lead in the top of the 11th with three runs on two hits, starting with a pair of walks to open the inning. From there, Wright came in for relief with two runners on and made a great diving catch for the first out, but threw the ball away trying to get two at first, allowing Jesse Lee to score the go-ahead run. URI went on to score two more runs in the frame for the three-run lead and eventual victory.