Bears Fall To Vanderbilt, 8-7, In Extra Innings

March 12, 2006

Nashville, TN - Despite pounding out 13 hits, the Brown baseball team (0-6) fell 8-7 in ten innings in the third and final game against Vanderbilt on Sunday. The Bears scored four runs in the third to take a 4-1 lead and went on to take a 7-6 lead in the ninth inning with an RBI single by sophomore Ryan Murphy. The Commodores were able to get the tying run across the plate in the bottom of the ninth however and scored the winning run in the tenth to earn the series sweep.

Vanderbilt got on the board with a run in the first but Brown struck for four runs in the third off a pair of doubles by juniors Bryan Tews and Devin Thomas along with a single by senior Danny Hughes. Thomas double down the leftfield line scored Tews while junior Adjatay Nyadjroh brought home Larson, who earned a walk, on a fielder's choice.

Hughes brought home the third run of the inning with his shot up the middle and freshman Robert Papenhause scored Nyadjroh with a ground out to first.

The Bears tacked on a run in the fourth with back-to-back singles by senior Paul Christian, who eventually scored on a wild pitch, and Tews. Vanderbilt got to within two with a pair of runs in the fourth and took a 6-5 lead with three runs in the sixth.

Tews' RBI double tied the game in the seventh while Murphy came through with his RBI single to left field in the ninth, allowing junior Anthony Vita to score the go ahead run.

Brown got two quick outs in the bottom of the ninth but the Commodores rallied for three straight singles to send the game into extra innings. After loading the bases in the tenth, Vanderbilt walked home the winning run after getting hit by a pitch.

Christian and Tews led Brown with three hits each while Hughes went 2-3 at the plate. Sophomore Brian Kelaher, Papenhouse and freshman Matt Nuzzo added hits as well.

Sophomore Jeff Dietz pitched 5.1 innings, allowing four earned runs off ten hits. Sophomore Rob Hallberg saw 3.2 innings of solid relief, allowing just one run off four hits. Sophomore Alex Silverman suffered the loss as he gave up the winning run in the tenth.

Brown will return to action on Saturday, March 25 when it plays a four-game series with VMI during its annual spring break trip. The team will play a total of 11 games in eight days, including its Ivy League openers against Penn on April 1 and Columbia on the 2nd.