March 6, 2005
Jacksonville, FL -
The Brown baseball team is still in search of its first win of the season after dropping both games of a double header against Western Michigan on Saturday at the Kennel Club Classic. The Bears dropped the first game by a score of 13-1 and relinquished a 12-9 lead in the final inning of game two, falling 14-12. Brown is now 0-3 on the season while the wins snapped a six-game losing streak for Western Michigan, improving it to 3-6 on the year.
Both team scored a run in their first at-bats but the Broncos went on to shut-out the Bears in the next eight innings, taking a 12-1 lead by the sixth with seven runs in the inning. Western Michigan added another run in the eighth for the 13-1 final.
Sophomore Bryan Tews started the game on the mound for Brown, pitching five innings. Tews gave up five runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking two. Sophomore Clint Dykehouse pitched two innings of relief, closing out the game for the Bears, allowing one run on two hits with two strikeouts.
The Bears' bats came alive in game two, pounding out 13 hits. Tews led the way with a single, double and a triple while junior Eric Larson knocked in five runs, including a three-run homer in the sixth.
Brown responded to Western Michigan's six-run first with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. Tews doubled to left center and senior Matt Kutler followed with a triple to center field. Christian kept things rolling with a single, easily scoring Kutler. A double by senior Jeff Nichols drove in two more runs for the Bears while Larson's single plated the last run of the inning.
The Broncos got a run in the second, third and fifth innings but Brown went on to take a 12-9 lead with two runs in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Tews triple in the fourth drove in one run while Kutler's ground out was enough to bring Tews home from third, cutting the lead to one, 8-7. After the Broncos added a two-run cushion with a run in the top of the fifth, Brown tied the game in the bottom half of the inning thanks to a pair if singles by junior Danny Hughes and Nichols along with shaking pitching by the Broncos. Back-to-back wild pitches followed by a hit batter and a walk brought in the Bears first run while Western Michigan hit another batter, allowing the tying run to cross the plate.
Larson's three-run shot in the sixth put Brown up by three, 12-9, a lead the team would hold up until the final inning. Senior Chris Davidson took to the mound to close things out for Brown but a pair of walks followed by an error by Christian allowed one run to score. The Bears two-run lead came to a crushing halt when Adam Rosales blasted a grand slam over the fence in right field, giving the Broncos the 14-12 come-from-behind victory.
Kutler and Nichols each drove in a pair of runs for the Bears while Nichols scored three. Larson finished the game 2-3 at the plate. Contrino also tallied two hits for Brown, going 2-5.
McNamara started on the mound while freshman Brian Dietz pitched three innings of solid relief. The rookie pitched three shut-out innings, allowing just one hit.
Brown will finish up action at the Kennel Club Classic on Sunday, facing Michigan State. The first pitch is scheduled for 12 noon.