March 31, 2006
Greensboro, NC - A ten run third inning by Greensboro College doomed Brown on Thursday as the Bears were handed their 12th straight loss of the season, 12-10. Brown didn't go down without a fight after falling behind 10-2 by the end of third, scoring four runs in the fourth and two in the fifth to get within two but the Pride tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth and held onto the lead the rest of the way. Junior Bryan Tews went 3-5 with a pair of homeruns, two RBI and three runs scored.
Tews recorded his first home run of the day in the opening frame to give Brown the early lead and went on to put Brown on top 2-0 with another in the third. The Bears unraveled in the bottom of the third as they allowed ten runs to cross the plate. The Pride pounded out nine hits in the inning as Brown went through four pitchers.
Brown rebounded in the next inning, getting four runs off four hits, including a triple that brought in two by senior Paul Christian. Another triple, this time by junior Devin Thomas, drove in two more runs in the fifth for Brown, cutting the lead to two, 10-8.
Two runs by the Pride in the bottom of the sixth pushed the Bears behind by four runs but an RBI triple by sophomore Ryan Murphy and an RBI single by sophomore Jeff Dietz in the eighth and ninth innings respectively made it a two run game. Brown loaded up the bases with just one out later in the ninth but Greensboro got freshman Dan Shapiro and Murphy to ground out to end the game.
Christian extended his hitting streak to nine games with his two-run triple while Dietz had another solid outing at the plate, tallying three hits in five at-bats with two runs scored and an RBI. Thomas went 2-4 with two RBI while sophomore Brian Kelaher went 1-3 with a run scored and a run driven in. Junior Eric Larson also drove in a run for the Bears.
Sophomore Peter Moskal picked up the loss on the mound, giving up five runs in the third. Freshman Joey Rued got the start on the mound, allowing two runs off one hit in two innings of work. Junior Paul Costa tossed one and two-thirds of hitless relief while Dietz pitched the final two innings, giving up no runs and no hits.
Brown will now hope to gain its first victory of the season on Saturday in its Ivy opener at Penn. The doubleheader is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.