April 28, 2006
Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team spoiled Yale's chances of a Red Rolfe Division title on Friday, splitting a doubleheader with the Bulldogs. Yale was in a must win situation in order to stay alive in the title race but an 8-3 loss in game two ended its hope. After a 3-1 loss in game one, Brown rebounded by scoring seven runs in the third inning of the night cap to end its home season on a high note. Brown is now 13-23 overall and 10-8 in the Ivy League on the year.
A two-run single by the Bulldogs in the top of the first gave them the early lead as junior Bryan Tews struggled on the mound. After getting the lead-off hitter to line out to first, Tews gave up three straight singles to load up the bases. Yale's Ryan Lavarnway then brought home the two runs with a two out single through the left side.
Tews allowed a single followed by a run scoring double in the second as Yale took a 3-0 lead but settled down in the third, taking the Bulldogs down in order. Brown countered with a run in the bottom of the third as sophomore Ryan Murphy reached first with a bunt single to begin the inning. Freshman Steve Daniels then moved Murphy to second with a single of his own. A throwing error by Yale's second baseman going for the double play ended up allowing Murphy to score, cutting the lead two.
Tews continued his strong work through the seventh and final inning, not allowing another run to cross the plate but did not get the run support he needed as the Bulldog's Alec Smith tossed four straight shutout innings to earn his fourth victory of the season. The Bears managed just one hit after their one run third.
Daniels went 2-3 at the plate to lead Brown in the first game. Junior Devin Thomas and Murphy added Brown's two other hits. The loss on the mound for Tews was his fourth of the year as he falls to 3-4.
The first two innings of the night cap went scoreless before each Yale got a run in the third. Brown rocked the Bulldogs for seven runs in the bottom half of the frame, however, taking a 7-1 lead. Tews laced a double to right center to easily score senior Paul Christian, who reached on a double down the leftfield line. With two runners on after sophomore Jeff Dietz was hit by a pitch, Thomas hit a bases clearing double off the wall in leftfield, giving Brown a 3-1 lead.
Yale's Mike Mongiardini went on to hit his second batter of the inning to place runners at first and second and junior Adjatay Nyadjroh made him pay, looping a single to rightfield to score Thomas from second. The Bulldogs brought in Stefan Schropp but his appearance was brief as the Bears went on to score three more runs with Nuzzo knocking one through the left side to score Hughes. Freshman Rob Papenhause drove in two more runs with a single through the right side.
A solo homer by Dietz in the fourth extended the lead out to seven, 8-1, but Yale cut the lead down to five with a pair of runs off two hits in the next inning. McNamara held off Yale in the sixth and seventh innings as senior Ethan Burton took to the hill in the top of the eighth. McNamara pitched seven innings, allowing three runs, two of them earned.
Burton ran into some trouble, allowing a single and a walk before sophomore Rob Hallberg took to the mound with one out. Hallberg got the job done, not allowing a run to cross the plate as Yale was left with one last chance to stay in the race for the Red Rolfe Division title. The Bulldogs got one runner on off an error but it caused no danger as Hallberg got the next two batters to groundout and fly out.
McNamara was awarded the win, his second of the season. Dietz led Brown with two hits in four at-bats in game two as he drove in one run and scored two. Tews drove in one run and scored one, going 2-5.
Brown will wrap up the four game series with Yale tomorrow in New Haven. The Bears will then play doubleheaders at Central Connecticut and Maine on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively to close out the season.