April 10, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team improved to 11-11 overall and 4-2 in the Ivy League with a pair of victories over Columbia on Sunday at Aldrich Field. The Bears' offense exploded for 22 runs off 28 hits in the two wins, the team's fifth and sixth straight. A six run fifth pushed Brown ahead for good in a 12-5 win in game one. The Bears lead from the bottom of the first inning in game two as junior James Cramphin pitched eight scoreless innings. The Lions got five unearned runs in the ninth for a 10-5 final.
Columbia got on the board first with a run in the top of the first in game one but Brown quickly erased the lead with two runs off three hits in the bottom half of the inning. Junior Paul Christian singled up the middle and senior Matt Kutler followed with a single to left field. Junior Eric Larson, who totaled 15 RBI on the week, drove home both runners with a smash to left center.
The Lions grabbed a 4-2 lead with a run in the third and two in the fourth. The Bears made it a one run contest with an RBI ground-out by sophomore Bryan Tews that scored senior Jeff Nichols who led-off the bottom of the fourth with a single to right center.
After Columbia got another run in the top of the fifth, the Bears broke the game open with six runs on six hits in the bottom half of the frame. Larson got the rally started with a single to the gap in left center and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Nichols then walked while sophomore Devin Thomas' single loaded up the bases. Senior James Lowe, who went 5-6 on the day with four runs scored and three driven in, roped a single to right field, scoring Larson from third.
Senior Chris Contrino, who broke out of a slump with a 3-4 showing in game two yesterday against Penn, drove home Nichols with a single to left center. Tews picked up his second and third RBI of the day with a two-run double into the gap in right center, giving Brown a 7-5 lead.
After the Bears got another run in off an error, Larson drilled his second hit of the inning down the right field line to give the Bears a 9-5 cushion.
In the next inning Nichols reached first after being hit by a pitch and stole second. Sophomore Devin Thomas then laid down a perfect bunt down the third baseline to reach first and advance Nichols to third. Lowe's single to left center easily brought home Nichols and Christian later brought in two more runs with a single up the middle for the 12-5 final.
Freshman Jeff Dietz got the first win of his career on the mound, pitching five innings. He allowed five runs, one unearned, and walked just one. Sophomore Ethan Silverstein closed things out, pitching two inning of one-hit relief.
Larson went 3-5 with three runs batted in while Lowe went 3-3 with two runs scored and two runs driven in. Christian went 3-4 with two runs driven and Contrino was 2-3 with a run scored and another driven in. Thomas also had a multi-hit game with a 2-4 showing at the plate.
The Bears continued their offensive flurry by getting five runs in the opening frame of game two. Three straight singles by Tews, Christian and Kutler loaded up the bases and Larson made the Lions pay by crushing one well beyond the fence in left field to put Brown up 4-0. A single by Contrino made it a 5-0 game as it scored Lowe, who doubled to the left center on the previous play.
Brown took a 8-0 lead by the end of the third with three more runs on three hits and one error. Contrino batted home another run with a double while the Bears got the other two runs off a ground-out and an error.
Tews scored on a passed ball in the next inning and Contrino made good on another scoring opportunity in the fifth with an RBI grounder to secure a 10-0 advantage for the Bears.
Cramphin cruised through eight scoreless innings, walking just one batter. Brown had a chance to seal the shutout in the ninth but an error with two outs allowed the Lions to get one run across the plate. A double down the right field line scored another run before Andrew Ward plated three runs with a homer to left field. Brown finally put a stop to the Lions run by ending the game with a routine groundout. All five runs went unearned as they all came after the error with two outs.
Tews and Christian went 2-4 while Contrino and Lowe went 2-3 at the plate. For the week, Brown had six players bat over .300, lead by Kutler's .640 (16-25) performance. Christian, Larson and Contrino batted over .400 for the week and combined for six homeruns.
Brown will take a break from league action during the week as it hosts Maine on Wednesday in a doubleheader set to begin at 2:00 p.m.