April 26, 2005
Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team still remains one game behind Harvard in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division standings heading into the final weekend of play as the top two teams in the division split their second straight doubleheader on Tuesday. The Crimson took game one 10-3 but the Bears rebounded with a 10-8 come-from-behind victory in the second game. Brown scored five runs in the seventh inning to overcome a 7-3 deficit while freshman Jeff Dietz allowed just one earned run in nine complete innings on the mound for the Bears in the night cap. Senior Matt Kutler, who drove in the go ahead run, went a combined 6-8 with five RBI on the day.
Harvard swung on the first pitch by sophomore starter Bryan Tews and belted it over the fence in left center to start game one. The Crimson got another run off two hits in the second inning to take an early 2-0 lead.
Brown threatened in the bottom of the second with a lead-off single by sophomore Devin Thomas and a walk to junior Eric Larson. However, Crimson starter Shawn Haviland got out of the jam by getting the Bears to ground into a double play.
Settled down in the third, striking out the side while the Bears' offense came alive in the bottom half of the frame, tying things up at 2-2. Senior Jeff Nichols ripped a double to the gap in left center and senior James Lowe quickly followed with a single through the left side. Junior Paul Christian got one run in with a grounder to second base while Kutler scored Lowe with a hard shot straight up the middle.
Tews continued to dominate on the mound, striking out two more in the top of the fourth for a total of seven. He limited the Crimson to just one run in the top of the fifth off a sacrifice fly and Brown answered right back with a run in the bottom of the inning to re-tie the game at 3-3. Christian earned a two out walk and Kutler followed up with a single to left center in which Harvard's center field bobbled, allowing Christian to score.
Harvard struck for four runs off three hits, including a three-run single by Zak Farkes in the sixth, to take a 7-3 lead. The Crimson followed with three more runs in the seventh to take the 10-3 lead and a two game lead in the Red Rolfe Division standings.
Kutler finished game one 2-3 at the plate with one RBI. He is leading the Ivy League in hitting this season with a .430 average and 64 hits. Nichols went 2-3 with a run scored out of the nine hole for the Bears while Lowe and Thomas along with seniors Chris Contrino and Bobby Wiginton added one hit apiece.
Tews finished the outing with eight strikeouts but allowed a season-high eight runs to score. He is now 2-3 on the year.
In an exciting game two, the first three innings went scoreless as both pitchers allowed just one hit. Brown finally got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a pair of runs. Kutler drove in the first run while the second run came in on a double play.
After a scoreless fifth, the Crimson surged to a 6-2 lead with six unearned runs in the sixth. Harvard only got one hit in the inning and the Bears committed three costly errors.
A solo homer by Kutler in the bottom of the inning cut the lead to three, 6-3, but Harvard tacked back on a run in the seventh with a solo shot of its own. The run proved to be the only earned run charged to Dietz.
Junior Danny Hughes got things going in the bottom of the seventh with a double down the right field line. Nichols then singled to left field and Lowe ripped a double down the left field line to score Hughes. Senior Chris Contrino hit a pop up that landed right on the line in right field, allowing two more runs to score.
Brown tied the game on the next play when Tews hit a bunt single and Contrino scored when Harvard's third baseman made a bad throw to first. Kutler then belted out his fifth hit of the day to give the Bears an 8-7 lead.
In the eighth, the Bears got a pair of insurance runs off a wild pitch and a double by Kutler. Dietz stayed in the game in the ninth as Harvard scored one unearned run but was unable to get rally together anything else.
Tews posted two hits in three at bats with three runs scored in the night cap while Thomas went 2-3 to finish the four-game series 7-12. In the first complete game of his career, Dietz struck out eight batters. He is now 3-0 on the season with a 3.83 ERA, both being team-highs.
Brown will look to capture the Red Rolfe Division title with a four-game series against Yale this Friday and Saturday. Harvard will play a four-game series at Dartmouth on Saturday and Sunday. Both doubleheaders of the Yale series are set to begin at noon with Friday's games being played at Brown and Saturday's in New Haven. The Bulldogs are currently 9-7 on the season while Dartmouth is in last with a 7-9 mark.