April 22, 2006
Cambridge, MA - The Brown baseball team fell three games out of first place in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division as first place Harvard swept the Bears on Saturday in the first of two doubleheaders. The Crimson won a pitchers duel in game one, 1-0, before taking game two 8-4 as Brown committed six errors. Harvard scored the only run of the opening game in the first inning and broke a 4-4 tie with four runs off three hits and three errors in the eighth inning of the night cap. Brown falls to 10-19 overall and 8-6 in the Ivy League while Harvard improves to 17-13-1 overall and 11-3 in the league.
An RBI single to left center in the bottom of the first proved to be the difference in game one as junior Bryan Tews went on to pitch six scoreless innings. Harvard's Shawn Haviland had the uppper hand on Tews, however, pitching a seven inning shutout as the Bears stranded all six of their baserunners. Freshman Rob Papenhouse went 2-3 to lead Brown offensively. Senior Paul Christian was 1-3 at the plate as were sophomore Ryan Murphy and freshman Steve Daniels.
Brown wasted no time getting on the board in game two, getting one run off a sacrifice fly by sophomore Jeff Dietz. Christian lead-off the inning swith a single to left center and senior Danny Hughes help set up the sacrifice by moving Christian over to third with a single down the rightfield line.
Harvard took a 2-1 lead in the third with two runs off two hits and the first of the Bears six errors on the day. Tews scored the tying run in the sixth inning after reaching on a walk. He then moved to second on a balk and over to third off a passed ball. Hughes then brought him in with a groundout to third.
The Crimson quickly regained a one run lead in the bottom half of the inning though after a lead off triple. The Bears took their first lead since the opening inning, 4-3, in the top of the seventh, scoring two runs off four hits and two Crimson errors.
Sophomore J.J. Eno led-off the inning with a pinch-hit single to right field. Daniels then followed with a single to third base as Eno advanced to third after an error by the third baseman. Another throwing error by Harvard allowed Eno to score and Tews singled home Christian, who advanced all the way to third on the throwing error by the pitcher.
The Crimson scored the tying run off a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh and in the eighth, Brown unraveled, giving up four runs off three hits and three errors.
Senior Shaun McNamara suffered the game two loss, pitching 7.1 innings. He allowed eight runs, just two of them earned and struck out five. Christian, Eno, and Hughes each had two hits apiece while Tews added one. Dietz drove in two of the Bears four runs on the day.
The two teams will play another doubleheader tomorrow in Cambridge beginning at noon.