April 18, 2004

Bears Drop Two To Dartmouth In Series Finale

April 18, 2004

Box Score

Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team fell in both games of a doubleheader to Dartmouth on Sunday afternoon in a battle for first place in the Red Rolfe Division. In game one, the Big Green led the entire way as they took a 4-2 victory. Despite the Bears taking a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning of game two, Dartmouth rallied back with seven runs in the eighth to earn a 10-5 victory. Brown is now 10-17 overall and 7-5 in Ivy play after dropping three of four games to Dartmouth.

Dartmouth racked up three runs by the end of the second inning in the first game as it held onto the lead the rest of the way. Both teams struggled offensively with both pitchers putting in solid efforts. Sophomore James Cramphin started on the mound for Brown, pitching six and two-thirds, allowing just two earned runs and five hits.

Junior Bobby Wiginton recorded two of the Bears five hits in the game. Senior Robert Deeb along with freshmen Devin Thomas and Brian Tews tallied Brown's other hits. Thomas and Tews also drove in the Bears two runs.

The closing match of the four-game series featured more sound pitching as the game went scoreless through the first four innings. The Big Green broke the spell in the fifth with a run, only to have Brown knot the score back up with a run of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Wiginton scored junior James Lowe, who reached on a lead-off single down the rightfield line.

Dartmouth retook a short-lived l 2-1 lead in the next inning with the Bears responding once again in their half of the frame. Thomas, the hero of yesterday's 4-2 thrilling win, scored the run on an RBI single by junior Chris Contrino. Thomas reached base on a single to left center earlier in the inning.

Brown scored two runs on 2 hits and one error in the seventh inning to grab its first lead of the afternoon, 4-2. The rally began with sophomore Paul Christian reaching on an error by Dartmouth's shortstop. Wiginton then advanced Christian over to second with a sacrifice bunt. The Big Green then walked the bases loaded as they intentionally walked Deeb and paid the price by walking sophomore Danny Hughes in the next at-bat. Thomas continued his clutch hitting with a single to centerfield, bringing in two runs.

Like Dartmouth, however, Brown's lead didn't stand for long as the Big Green pounded the Bears with seven runs in the next inning, breaking the game open. Each team scored a run in the ninth for the 10-5 final.

The Bears will take a break from league action as they will travel to Maine on Tuesday for one game before heading to Dodd Stadium in Connecticut to take on Marist in a doubleheader.