March 21, 2004

Bears Bounce Back From Close 6-5 Loss To ASU With 5-2 Victory In Game Two

March 21, 2004

Box Score

Boone, NC - The Brown baseball team split a doubleheader with Appalachian State for the second day in a row on Sunday. In game one, the Mountaineers came from behind, scoring three runs in the sixth to earn a 6-5 victory. In the night cap, a four-run third helped Brown to a 5-2 win, as it held on for its second victory of the season. Brown is now 2-5 on the year.

In game one, Brown scored two runs in the opening frame to jump out ahead. Senior Bobby Deeb doubled to leftfield and junior Jeff Nichols followed up with another double, this time to left center, scoring Deeb for the first run of the game. The string of doubles continued as sophomore Danny Hughes ripped one into deep centerfield to bring in Nichols.

ASU then took a one run lead by the end of the second, scoring three runs on two hits and one error. Brown regained the lead in the fourth when junior Chris Jernigan led-off the inning with the Bears fourth double of the day. Freshman Robert Dykehouse tripled later in the inning to bring in one run and junior Chris Contrino's single drive in the other Brown run.

The Bears added another run in the fifth on an RBI single by Hughes, to add some breathing room.

With Brown holding a 5-3 lead going into the bottom of the sixth in the seven inning match-up, the Mountaineer's mounted their comeback as they quickly tied the game with a two-run homer. ASU later scored the winning run on a sacrifice fly as Brown failed to get a run on the board in the seventh.

Sophomore Chris Davidson pitched four innings allowing five runs on five hits while senior Sam Jenning's pitched two inning of relief, allowing one run one hit.

Nichols had a banner game, going 3-3 at the plate with an RBI and two runs scored. Sophomore Paul Christian went 2-3 while Hughes continues to be a bright spot for Head Coach Marek Drabinski team, going 2-4 with two runs driven in. Contrino also went 2-4 with one RBI.

In game two, Brown once again took an early lead and held on this time for the win as freshman Clint Dykehouse had a tremendous outing on the mound in his first collegiate start.

A sacrifice fly by Christian put the first run up on the board for Brown in the second. ASU quickly tied the game in the bottom half of the inning on a solo homer.

Brown's four-run third proved to be the difference in the game as it took the lead for good. Hughes brought in another run on a basehit to rightfield to start things off. Nichols followed with a single up the middle, bringing in another run. Lowe then ripped a two-run double into the gap in right field, giving Brown a 5-1 lead.

Dykehouse was superb the rest of the way out, only allowing the Mountaineers one more run and four hits. In seven complete innings, he struck out six and walked just one batter.

At the plate, Lowe and Contrino went 2-3 with Lowe driving in two runs. Hughes went 1-2 with two runs scored and an RBI. Junior Bobby Wiginton had a pair of hits in the win as well.

Brown returns to action next Saturday for a four-game series with VMI.