May. 1, 2005
New Haven, CT- - The Brown baseball team closed out regular season Ivy play by taking the last two games of a four-game series against Yale on Sunday. Despite the Bears winning three out of four over the Bulldogs to improve to 14-6 in the Ivy League, Harvard must lose both of its games against Dartmouth on Monday in order for Brown to tie for the Red Rolfe Division Title. The Crimson took both games of a doubleheader against the Big Green on Sunday to keep a firm lock on first place with a 14-4 Ivy mark.
A four-run sixth proved to be the difference in game one as Brown came back from a 4-1 deficit to record a 8-4 victory in game one. A two-run double by senior Jeff Nichols gave the Bears a 5-4 lead in the sixth as freshman Conor Reardon and junior Paul Christian also recorded RBI hits in the inning.
A two-run single in the final inning by junior Eric Larson gave the Bears a four run cushion, 8-4, as senior Chris Davidson closed things out on the mound in the bottom of the inning, not allowing a hit.
Christian and senior James Lowe both went 2-3 at the plate while Nichols recorded two hits in four at bats with two runs scored and two runs driven in. Sophomore Bryan Tews started on the mound, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing four runs off six hits. Junior Ethan Burton recorded the win on the mound to improve to 1-1 on the season.
Brown scored three runs in the third inning of game two, taking a 4-0 lead, and never looked back as freshman starter Jeff Dietz picked up his fourth win on the mound of the year. Dietz, who has not lost a game this season, pitched 5.1 innings and gave up just one earned run. Burton pitched three innings of solid relief, walking none and allowing just two runs off three hits.
Senior Chris Contrino gave Brown a 5-2 lead in the next inning with a double to left center and Christian made it a 6-2 contest with a single to left field.
Another double by Kutler in the seventh put Brown up by five, 8-3, and Hughes drove in another run with a sacrifice fly that same inning to extend the lead to six.
RBI singles by Hughes and senior Bobby Wiginton helped seal the victory in the eighth as Brown plated three runs to take the 12-5 win.
Kutler posted four hits in five at-bats with a game-high four runs scored and two driven in. Nichols went 3-5 with two runs scored while Hughes knocked in four runs with a 2-3 performance. Christian matched Nichols with three hits as well in five at-bats while also driving in a run and scoring two. Wiginton and Lowe each finished the game 2-5 as Brown rocked Yale with 18 hits overall.
The Bears fate lies in the hands of Dartmouth as they will look to take both games from Harvard on Monday. Should Brown and Harvard tie for the Red Rolfe Division Title, a one game playoff will be held at Harvard on Wednesday to determine the division's champion.
Once that is decided, the Red Rolfe Division Champ will take on Lou Gehrig Champion Cornell in a three-game playoff series to be held this coming weekend. The series will be held at the Red Rolfe Division Champion's home field.