April 2, 2006

Bears Split With Columbia

The Brown baseball team split a doubleheader with Columbia on Sunday, moving the Bears to 3-1 in Ivy play. Columbia come from behind to earn a 6-5 victory in game one but the Bears rebounded with a 6-1 win in game two.

The Bears held a 4-1 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth inning of game one but allowed five runs as the Lions took a decisive 6-4 lead with one inning left to play.

Brown threated in the seventh as freshman Matt Nuzzo hit a lead-off double and later scored on a balk. Senior Paul Christian then singled and stole second to get in scoring position as the tying run but Columbia was able to record the final out to earn the come-from-behind victory.

In game two, Brown scored two runs in the second and never looked back as freshman Alex Silverman allowed just one run, unearned, in the eighth inning.

Nuzzo drove in both runs in the second off a single and brought home another run in the fourth with a ground out to shortstop. Junior Bryan Tews gave Brown a 5-0 lead in the seventh with a single up the middle, which scored two runs. He went on to put the finishing touches on the victory with a an RBI single to right field in the ninth for the 6-1 final.

Silverman pitched 7.1 innings, allowing just three hits while striking out five. Sophomore Jeff Dietz pitched 1.2 innings of nearly perfect relief. He allowed no hits or runs, walking just one batter.

Christian went a combined 3-9 in the two games while Tews also went 3-9, driving in a total of four runs. Junior Eric Larson was 3-7 wit three RBI. Junior Devin Thomas went 3-6, including a 2-3 performance in game two. Nuzzo posted hits in each game as well, going 3-7 with three runs driven in.