Bears Out-Hit VMI But Are Edged Out In the End, 10-9
March 28, 2004
Lexington, VA - Despite holding a two-run lead going into the bottom half of the ninth, the Brown baseball team couldn't hold on for the victory, falling 10-9 to VMI on Sunday. The Bears came back from a 6-3 deficit earlier in the game, taking a 7-6 lead in the fifth inning and extending it to 9-6 by the seventh. However, the Keydets rallied in their final chance with a three run ninth to steal the win. The second game of the doubleheader was suspended after seven innings due to darkness. The Bears were leading 4-2 when the game was called. The game will be picked up were it left off Monday at 2 p.m.
In game one, the Bears jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the opening frame. Sophomore Paul Christian began the rally with a lead-off double. Junior Bobby Wiginton then singled, advancing Christian to third. Senior Bobby Deeb came through with an RBI single on the next play, scoring Christian.
Sophomore Danny Hughes extended his hit streak to nine games with a two-run double in the next at-bat, giving Brown a 3-0 advantage. Hughes, batting .538 with an .808 slugging percentage, has recorded a hit in every game so far this season.
The Ketdets then went on to grabe a 6-3 lead by the end of the third, scoring three runs in both the second and third frames. After a scoreless fourth, one of only two innings in the game that neither team crossed the plate, Brown surged back a head with a four-run fifth.
The inning started with a lead-off walk by freshman Devin Thomas. Thomas advanced all the way to third by stealing second and reaching third on a botched throw by VMI's catcher. Junior Chris Contrino drove in Thomas on the next play with a base-hit.
A single by Christian and a walk by Wiginton loaded up the bases for Deeb, who came through once again with a two-run single to tie the game up at six runs apiece. Hughes knocked in his 16th run of the season on the next play with a sacrifice fly that gave Brown a 7-6 advantage.
Brown added two insurance runs in the seventh with Hughes tallying his fourth and fifth RBI of the game. With the Bears holding a 9-6 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, VMI took to the plate for its last opportunity.
A led-off bloop double resulted in nothing for the Keydets on the next two plays as the Bears recorded back-to-back outs. One run scored on the next play, however, as the ball just made its way into the outfield. A similar play occurred in the next at-bat, putting the go-ahead run on base for VMI. The Keydets scored the game-winning run on a tricky play in which junior shortstop Jeff Nichols was charged an error.
Five players recorded multiple hits in the game for Brown, led by Contrino's and Christian's three. Wiginton, Deeb and Hughes notched two hits each. On the mound, senior Harris Frankel was charged the loss. A total of six Brown hurlers saw action in the game.
The two teams will complete the suspended game tomorrow before playing another nine inning affair to close out the four-game series.