April 1, 2009
Providence, R.I. - Brown rode a pair of comebacks to a win and a rare tie in a doubleheader with the University of Rhode Island in their first home action on Wednesday afternoon. Freshman Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) led the way at the plate, going a perfect four for four with two walks and three runs batted in. After the action, Brown's record stands at 7-11-1, while Rhode Island improves to 14-10-1.
The first game was a thriller, as the Bears won with a two-run rally in the final inning. Junior pinch hitter Joe Mellano (Bonsall, CA) came through with the big hit, bringing in the tying and winning runs with a walk-off single.
After a scoreless first inning, both teams broke through in the second, scoring three runs apiece. Once the first two runners reached base to lead off the inning, Tyler knocked in a two-run double, pulling the Bears to within one run of Rhode Island. He then came around to score on an error by the Rams, keeping the score tied after two.
The Bears briefly took the lead in the third, when rookie Garrett Champion (Los Angeles, CA) hit an RBI single to right field. However, Rhode Island came back with two runs of its own in the fourth, followed by the teams trading runs in the sixth and seventh, setting up Brown going into the bottom of the seventh down 6-5. Courtesy of some clutch hitting though, the Bears came back and left with a 7-6 victory.
In the rematch, the Rams came out swinging, putting up five runs in the first two innings. Brown kept pace early, scoring two of their own in the bottom of the first, highlighted by an RBI single from Rob Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA). Following a scoreless third, the scoring picked up again, as Rhode Island picked up two in the top of a fourth on a home run. Brown answered with one of its own, but the Bears still found themselves down 7-3 through four innings.
In the bottom of the fifth, however, Brown's bats came to life, scoring four runs in the frame, including two with two outs. After Papenhause hit a double with one out, the Bears had a batter hit by a pitch and a walk to load the bases, setting up Tyler for an RBI single. Two more singles and an RBI ground out gave Bruno a tie game at seven after five innings.
The late comeback would prove to be very significant, as shortly after the sixth inning began the game was called on account of darkness, giving the teams an unusual tie game in the standings.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they make the short trip across town to take on Bryant University at 3:30 p.m.