April 24, 2004
Cambridge, MA - The Brown baseball team earned a split with Red Rolfe Division foe Harvard in the first doubleheader of a four-game series on Saturday. The Bears took game one 9-6 but fell in the night cap 10-9 as the Crimson rallied back from behind. Brown is now 13-19 overall and 8-6 in Ivy play.
Harvard took a 3-0 lead in the opening frame of game one but a big five-run fifth pushed the Bears ahead as they held on for the victory. Sophomore Danny Hughes hit a three-run double and juniors Jeff Nichols and Chris Contrino added RBI hits in the frame to give Brown a decisive 6-3 lead.
Freshman Robert Dykehouse tripled, bringing in one run and sophomore Paul Christian tallied an RBI single in the seventh inning to extend the Bears lead to 9-3. The Crimson struck for three runs in their last at-bat but Brown was able to hold them off for the 9-6 final.
Junior Bobby Wiginton went 3-4 with three runs scored and an RBI in the win. Freshman Devin Thomas was 2-4 with a run scored and a run driven in. Contrino went 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI as well.
On the mound, sophomore Shaun McNamara went the distance, picking up his team-leading fourth win of the season as he is now 4-1. He allowed just six hits while striking out four and walking only two.
In game two, Brown held a 9-3 advantage going into the bottom of the eighth inning. The Bears got four runs in the third after the Crimson broke out with two in the first. Harvard scored one more run in the third but then went scoreless the next four innings as Brown expanded its lead to six with a two-run fourth and three-run fifth. Christian brought in all three-runs in the fifth with his ninth homerun of the season.
In the eighth, the Bears quickly saw their lead diminish as Harvard came alive, scoring six runs to tie the game 9-9. A double by Trey Hendricks in the ninth brought in the game-winning run for the Crimson as they stole the 10-9 victory.
Christian finished 2-5 at the plate with two runs scored and three driven in. Senior Bobby Deeb drove in two runs and scored one as he went 2-4. Hughes also went 2-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Nichols continued his hot hitting, going 3-5 with one RBI. Contrino added two more hits for the Bears with a 2-4 showing. Overall Brown had a total of 27 hits in the two games, 14 in the first and 13 in the second.
The two teams will square off again tomorrow at noon in the final two games of the series.