23 Run Explosion Lifts Bears To First Ivy Win In Night Cap With Columbia
April 3, 2004
New York, NY - The Brown baseball team trounced Columbia with a 23-8 win in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. In game one of the Bears' Ivy opener, Columbia took a 4-1 win. Brown plated its 23 runs in the night cap on the strength of 20 hits, including a grand slam by sophomore Paul Christian.
In game one, Columbia scored a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 4-0 lead. Brown scored its lone run in the seventh and final inning with an RBI ground-out by Christian. Sophomore James Cramphin was charged with the loss on the mound, despite a stellar effort. In six complete innings, he allowed just one earned run, struck out seven and walked one.
Game two was a completely different story as the Bears pounded the Lions with 23 runs. Things started quickly for Brown with junior Jeff Nichols hitting a three-run shot in the opening frame. It was his first home run of the season.
In the third, the Bears plated six runs to break the game open. The rally began after Columbia took out the first two batters in the inning. Back-to-back errors put two on base for freshman Devin Thomas, who singled through the right side, scoring the first run of the frame. Junior Chris Contrino, who finished the game with five RBI, followed with another single through the right side, this time scoring two runs.
Junior James Lowe earned a walk in his at-bat and sophomore slugger Danny Hughes brought in another run with a base-hit on the next play. Lowe crossed the plate while Hughes stole second base for the Bears fifth run of the inning following the hit. Junior Bobby Wiginton capped things off with an RBI single up the middle, giving Brown a 9-0 lead.
The Lions got one run in the bottom of the third and Brown tacked on another run in the fifth with another RBI single by Wiginton that scored Christian, who reached on a double. Columbia added a pair of runs in the bottom half of the inning.
The sixth inning was a gem for Brown as they hammered home nine runs on six hits. The inning began with Nichols being hit by a pitch. Thomas then singled to left field, setting things up for Contrino. Two runs scored as he ripped a double down the rightfield line.
After Brown took a 12-3 lead, Christian stepped into the batter's box with the bases loaded. The score quickly changed to 16-3 as he hit a grand slam, clearing the bases. The Bears tacked on two more runs by the end of the inning with an RBI single by Thomas and an RBI ground-out by Contrino.
Columbia scored three in the bottom of the frame but the Bears struck back with another big inning in the seventh. Christian recorded his second homerun of the game, this time a two-run shot, bringing in Brown's 20th and 21st runs of the game. Christian has homered four times in the last four games.
Wiginton followed up the homerun with a double and scored on the very next play as senior Bobby Deeb also doubled. Lowe brought in Brown's 23rd and final run of the game later on in the inning.
On the mound, senior Sam Jennings picked up the win, pitching five and two-thirds. Christian finished the game with a total of six RBI on 3-5 hitting. Contrino brought in five, going 4-6 at the plate. Wiginton went 4-7 with two RBI while Thomas went 2-6 with two RBI as well. In all, nine players drove in and scored at least one run while eight tallied hits.
Brown continues Ivy League doubleheader action tomorrow at Penn beginning at noon.