April 10, 2006
Providence, RI - For the second day in a row the Brown baseball team came from behind in game two of a doubleheader and won it in extra innings, this time against Cornell, as the Bears improved to 7-1 in Ivy play with a sweep over the Big Red on Monday. Brown took game one 9-2 before junior Devin Thomas dropped the game-winning hit down the leftfield line in the tenth inning of game two, lifting the Bears to a 5-4 win.
A three-run double by Hughes in the third gave Brown a 4-0 lead. A single by senior Paul Christian scored the Bears first run of the game prior to that. A single to shortstop in the fourth scored junior Devin Thomas in the next inning while a solo shot to left center in the fifth by Christian gave Brown a 6-0 lead.
Cornell got on the board with a pair of unearned runs in the top of the sixth but the Bears answered with three runs in the bottom half of the inning to earn the 9-2 victory. Thomas hit a lead-off homerun to right center while Christian ripped a double down the leftfield line to score freshman Robert Papenhouse and junior Bryan Tews followed with a double of his own, scoring another run.
Junior Ethan Silverstein pitched 5.2 innings, allowing four hits and no earned runs. Christian went 3-4 at the plate with three RBI and three runs scored. Papenhouse went 2-3 with two runs scored while freshman Steve Daniels went 1-1 with an RBI and a run scored. Tews finished 1-3 at the plate with an RBI and one run scored as well. Thomas was 1-2 with two runs scored and a run driven in.
Cornell got the scoring started early in the second game, getting a run off a single to left. The Bears then evened up the score in the second with a lead-off double to the gap in left center by junior Eric Larson and a single up the middle by Thomas.
The Big Red broke the tie in the fifth, scoring three runs off two hits and one error to grab a 4-1 lead. Brown cut the lead down to two, 4-2, with an RBI single by Papenhouse in the bottom of the fifth.
A two-run sixth by Brown tied things back up, 4-4. Tews started the rally with a single to second. Hughes followed up with a single to left center while Larson ripped a double to right center, scoring Tews. Dietz then drove home Hughes from third with a groundout to shortstop.
Cornell threatened in both the seventh and eighth innings but the Bears' defense held strong, keeping the Big Red off the scoreboard. After walking the bases loaded in the seventh with two outs, junior Robert Dykehouse got Cornell to fly out to center.
In the eighth, the Big Red sent home a runner from second with a bloop single that dropped in front Larson in centerfield. Larson was dead on with his throw to home though, ending the inning with the score still tied.
For the second day in a row, the Bears won game two in the tenth inning as Tews reached first with a walk with one out. Hughes then doubled to right center, advancing Tews to third. After intentionally walking Larson, Cornell got the out at home as Dietz chopped one to third base. With the bases loaded and two outs, Thomas then popped up near the leftfield line, out of reach of Cornell's leftfielder, who made a diving play for the ball, to give Brown the 5-4 victory.
Larson and Thomas each pounded out three hits in game two, all of them doubles for Larson. Hughes finished 2-5 at the plate with two runs scored while Tews, Nuzzo and Papenhouse all added one hit each.
Sophomore Rob Hallberg earned his first victory on the mound, pitching the final 2.2 innings. He allowed just one hit and struck out four. Sophomore Alex Silverman started the game on the mound, pitching 4.1 innings, giving up three runs on three hits.
Brown will take a break from non-league action as it hosts Sacred Heart for one nine inning game on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.