March 30, 2004
Charlottesville, VA - A nine-run first inning doomed the Brown baseball team in a 13-2 loss to 29th ranked Virginia on Tuesday evening. Despite the Bears taking a two-run lead in the opening frame, Virginia quickly erased the lead, scoring nine by the end of the bottom half of the inning. Brown was never able to recover any ground as it struggled at the plate the rest of the way in the rain-shortened game.
Things began well for Brown with sophomore Paul Christian knocking one over the leftfield fence in the Bears first at-bat. Junior Bobby Wiginton then doubled to the gap in left-center, setting up senior Bobby Deeb, who brought in Wiginton with a single to leftfield.
Brown's 2-0 lead didn't last long though as the Cavaliers went on to take a 9-2 advantage by the end of the first. Virginia got its nine runs on five hits and was aided by five walks.
The Cavs tacked on two runs in the second, one in the fifth and one in the sixth to earn the 13-2 victory in the seven-inning match.
Sophomore Chris Davidson suffered the loss on the mound. Five players recorded a hit for the Bears at the plate with Christian, Wiginton, Deeb and sophomore Danny Hughes all going 1-3. Junior Chris Contrino went 1-2.
Brown will look to avenge the loss tomorrow as the two teams return to the field for one nine-inning game, beginning at 3 p.m.