April 25, 2005
Providence, RI - Harvard (20-11, 11-3) remains one game ahead of Brown (18-16, 10-4) in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division standings as the two teams split a doubleheader on Monday afternoon. The Bears came back from a 5-3 deficit in extra innings to earn a 6-5 victory in game one while the Crimson rocked Brown for 17 hits in a 16-4 win in game two. The two teams will square off again tomorrow in another doubleheader set to begin at 1 p.m.
Harvard got a run in the top of the first off a led-off triple by Zak Farkes in game one. The score remained 1-0 up through the bottom of the fourth when Brown struck for two runs to take a 2-1 lead. Junior Danny Hughes led-off the inning with a single to second. Sophomore Devin Thomas then doubled to center field to score Hughes. Senior James Lowe drove in his 13th RBI in the last seven games on the next play with a single to left field.
In the fifth, both teams scored a run as the Bears clung to a one-run lead, 3-2, heading into the sixth. The Crimson got the tying run across the plate in the sixth despite not recording a hit in the inning. The first batter of the inning reached on an error while a sacrifice moved the runner over to second. Brown went on to walk the next three batters to bring in the tying run.
The seventh went scoreless as the game was forced into extra innings. Harvard then took a big 5-3 lead in the top of the eighth thanks to a two-run bomb by Josh Klimkiewicz. The Bears mounted their last chance comeback in the bottom half of the inning with Hughes earning a lead-off walk. Thomas then stepped into the batter's box and drilled one over the fence in right center to tie things up at 5-5.
The Bears then loaded up the bases with Lowe reaching after being hit by a pitch and Nichols reaching on a fielder's choice that got no one out as the throw was not in time at second. Sophomore Adjatay Nyadjroh laid down a perfect bunt down the first base line to advance both runners to second and third. Sophomore Bryan Tews was then intentionally walked as Harvard was looking to get the double play. Junior Paul Christian's grounder to the shortstop was enough to get the game-winning run across the plate, tying things up for first in the Red Rolfe Division.
Senior Matt Kutler went a perfect 3-3 at the plate while Thomas went 2-3 with 3 RBI and two runs scored. Senior Chris Davidson earned the win on the mound, his third of the season. Junior Shaun McNamara started the game and pitched 5.1 innings, allowing just five hits and two earned runs.
Harvard jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and just like the first game, held onto that lead up through the fifth until the Crimson struck for three runs to take a 4-0 lead. Brown answered with one run in the bottom of the inning to cut the lead to three, 4-1. Thomas rocked a triple down the right field line and scored off a sacrifice by Lowe.
The Crimson took a 7-1 lead in the top of the sixth with a three-run shot to left field, their fourth homer of the afternoon. The Bears got one more run in the bottom of the inning with Thomas driving in his fourth run of the day off a double to the gap in left center.
Harvard broke the game open with six runs in the seventh and three more in the eighth to take a big 16-2 lead. The Bears scored two more runs in the final inning for the 16-4 final.
Thomas again went 2-3 with a double and a triple this time around. Hughes posted two hits in four at-bats while Lowe went 1-2 with a run scored and a run batted in. Sophomore Robert Dykehouse recorded a pinch hit run scoring double in the ninth.
On the mound, junior James Cramphin suffered the loss, his fourth of the year.