Bears Drop Two To Harvard
April 25, 2004
Cambridge, MA - The Brown baseball team dropped both games of a doubleheader to Harvard on Sunday, giving the Crimson a 3-1 win in the four game series. In game one, the Bears fell 5-2 before suffereing another one-run heartbreaker in game two, 9-8. Junior Jeff Nichols recorded three extra base-hits on the afternoon with a double, triple and a homerun. Brown is now 13-21 overall and 8-8 in Ivy play.
Harvard took a 4-0 lead in the second inning of the first game of the day as Brown struggled at the plate. The Bears line-up, which has seven players batting over .300, managed just five hits. Nichols' solo homer and a single by junior James Lowe produced Brown's pair of runs.
Senior Sam Jennings went the distance on the mound, striking out five in the loss.
Brown scored a run in the first three innings of game two as it took a 3-1 lead. Harvard then took a 4-3 lead in the fourth but the Bears regained control with two runs in the fifth. The momentum swung back to the Crimson by the end of the eighth as they tied things up with a run in the seventh and another in the eighth.
In a thrilling ninth, the Bears rallied for three runs to take an 8-5 lead. Nichols lead-off the inning with a triple and junior Chris Contrino brought in Nichols with a triple of his own. Lowe and junior Bobby Wiginton brought in the other runs for the Bears as they were just three outs away from the victory.
Harvard on the other hand, pieced together a valant last effort, scoring four runs to take its second one-run win of the series. In game two yesterday, the Crimson scored the game-winning run in the ninth as well.
Freshman Ethan Silverstein, coming off a three-hit shutout over Marist in game two on Wednesday, suffered the loss on the mound as he allowed the game-winning run. Fellow freshman Bryan Tews, who earned his first conference start after a brilliant outing on Wednesday as well, went eight and one-third with a career-high eight strikeouts and just one walk.
The Bears totaled seven extra-base hits in the loss, including three triples. Contrino went a perfect 3-3 with two runs scored and two RBI. Freshman Devin Thomas went 2-5 with a double, a run scored and a run driven in. Lowe was 2-3 with a triple, one run scored and two RBI.
Brown will play one game against Sacred Heart on Tuesday at 7 p.m. before hosting a doubleheader with UConn. The team will wrap up the Ivy season against Yale in a home-home four game series.