Nuzzo's Two-Run Homer in Eighth Lifts Brown to 9-7 Win over Sacred Heart
April 11, 2006
Providence, RI - A two-run homer by freshman Matt Nuzzo in the eighth inning broke a 7-7 tie in a 9-7 victory over Sacred Heart for the Brown baseball team on Tuesday. The Bears rallied back from a 7-5 deficit with a sacrifice fly by sophomore Jeff Dietz and an RBI single by freshman Rob Papenhouse earlier in the inning. Brown has now won six straight games, all home matches, improving its record to 8-13.
Brown got a run on the board in the second inning when freshman Dan Shapiro sent one through the left side, scoring junior Devin Thomas, who reached after being hit by a pitch. Sacred Heart then took a 3-1 lead with a three-run third. The Pioneers scored their first run off a balk by junior Paul Costa after getting back-to-back singles to start off the inning. A double down the leftfield line and a sacrifice fly brought in two more runs.
Sacred Heart added a run in the fourth to take a three-run lead, 4-1, but Brown took its first lead of the game with four runs in the sixth inning. Senior Danny Hughes drove home junior Robert Dykehouse with a groundout to first. Junior Eric Larson drove home another run with a deep fly to center while Thomas sent one out of the park, scoring a pair of runs for the Bears.
The Pioneers got the tying run across the plate after Brown committed two errors in the seventh. Brown threatened in the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off double by sophomore Brian Kelaher. Dykehouse then moved him over to third with a sacrifice bunt but the Bears failed to advance him 90 more feet to home plate.
Sacred Heart went on to take a 7-5 lead with two runs off two hits and one error in the eighth but Brown was able to pull out the victory with its four runs in the bottom half of the inning.
Freshman Joe Rued earned his first collegiate win on the mound, pitching five innings of relief. He allowed just four hits and one earned run while striking out six. Costa exited the game in the fifth inning after striking out six batters through the fourth inning.
At the plate, Thomas lead Brown with a 2-3 performance, scoring three runs and driving home two with his homerun in the sixth. Junior Adjatay Nyadjroh posted a hit in his one plate appearance while freshmen Dan Shapiro and Papenhouse went 1-2 with one RBI each. Nuzzo's game-winning homerun was his only at-bat as he entered the game in the eighth inning. Larson finished the day 1-3 with a run scored and a run driven in. Junior Bryan Tews and senior Paul Christian also added one hit and one run scored each as well.
Brown will continue its 12 game home stand tomorrow when it hosts in-state rival Rhode Island for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.