April 9, 2004

Offensive Showcase Rallies Bears Past Cornell In Two Game Sweep

April 9, 2004

Box Score

Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team improved to 3-1 in Ivy League play with a two-game sweep over Cornell on Friday. The Bears broke a 4-4 deadlock by scoring six runs in the sixth inning of game one to earn a 10-7 victory. In game two, Brown pounded out 15 hits en route to a 14-10 win. Three players tallied five hits in the two games as the Bears improve to 6-13 on the year.

In game one, Cornell jumped out to a 3-0 lead on five hits in the opening frame. In the bottom half of the inning, the Bears got two runs on one hit. Sophomore right-hander Shaun McNamara settled into a groove after the first inning, allowing just two runs and five hits through the next five innings.

In the meantime, Brown tied up the score at 4-4 by the fourth inning with an RBI single by junior Jeff Nichols. The Big Red took a short lived one-run lead in the sixth only to have the Bears explode for six runs in the sixth. Junior Chris Contrino drove in two runs while freshman Robert Dykehouse and junior Bobby Wiginton each drove in one.

Cornell went on to score a pair of runs in the top of the seventh for the 10-7 final. McNamara, who pitched six full innings, earned his second win of the season. Junior Bobby Deeb went 3-4 at the plate with two RBI. Sophomore Paul Christian scored two runs and drove in one on 2-3 hitting.

Brown got on the scoreboard in the first inning of game two and extended its lead to six by the end of the third with a four run second and one run third. The Big Red scorched their way back in the fourth though, scoring seven runs on just three hits.

The Bears tied the game at 7-7 in the bottom half of the fourth with a sacrifice fly by junior James Lowe and took the lead in the sixth. Brown tallied three runs in the inning to grab a 10-7 advantage. Freshman Devin Thomas brought in two of the runs.

Cornell made it a one-run game in the seventh but the Bears responded back with four runs in the bottom of the frame to go up by five. A single by Christian scored two runs and back-to-back doubles by Contrino and Deeb brought in the other Brown runs.

The Big Red threatened the Bears' lead in the eighth but senior closer Harris Frankel came in and was able to hold them off, earning his first save of the season. Sophomore starter James Cramphin picked up the win on the mound, his second of the season. Christian went 3-4 with four runs scored and two RBI in the night cap while Contrino went 4-5 with three runs scored and four RBI. Lowe also drove in three runs for the Bears on 2-4 hitting. Deeb is now just three hits away from breaking the all-time hits record at Brown.

The Bears return to action tomorrow against defending Ivy League champion Princeton, beginning at noon.