April 5, 2005

Bears Swept By Princeton In Ivy Opener

April 5, 2005

Box Score

Providence, RI - In its Ivy League opener, the Brown baseball team was swept by Princeton in a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon at Aldrich Field. The Bears were shutout for the first time this season in game one, 4-0, while the Tigers struck for six runs in the eighth inning to earn a 12-6 victory in game two. Brown now drops to 5-11 on the season while Princeton improves to 9-11, including a 4-0 Ivy start. The Tigers were given the home advantage in both games due to the fact they were originally scheduled to be played in Princeton.

In game one, the Bears managed just three hits, including two bunt singles, as Erik Stiller pitched the seven-inning shutout on the mound for Princeton. The Tigers got things rolling with two runs in the second off four singles and extended their lead to four with a run in the fourth and another in the fifth.

Brown posed its biggest threat in the fifth inning with Stiller hitting the first two batters but the Bears were unable to generate any offense. Sophomore Bryan Tews suffered the loss on the mound as he went 4.2 innings, allowing all four runs on eight hits. Junior Ethan Burton and freshman Jeff Dietz each pitched two-thirds of scoreless relief. Seniors Bobby Wiginton, Matt Kutler and James Lowe tallied the Bears three hits.

Game two proved to be a back and forth battle as the Tigers broke out for three runs in the bottom of the first, only to have Brown tie things up in the next inning. A double by junior Danny Hughes drove in one run with Hughes eventually scoring on wild pitch. An RBI single by senior Jeff Nichols brought in the third and final run of the inning.

In the third, junior Paul Christian belted a lead-off double to left field. Kutler later scored Christian with an RBI ground-out, giving Brown a 4-3 lead. A lead-off homerun by Princeton's Ryan Eldridge in the fifth re-tied the score at 4 all but the Tigers got the go ahead run by the end of the inning off a double by Stephen Wendell.

Scoreless for three straight innings, the Bears bats came back alive in the seventh, pounding out three hits to grab hold of a 6-5 lead. After a walk by sophomore Devin Thomas, Nichols doubled him home, for his second RBI of the game. Another double by Christian into the gap in left center drove in the go-ahead run for Brown.

Princeton responded to the pressure by plating the tying run in the seventh. Wendell cranked another RBI double out, tying the score at 6-6. Steven Miller pitched a no-hit eighth for the Tigers, who earned the Ivy League's automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament last season.

Things unraveled for the Bears in the bottom of the eight as Princeton broke the 6-6 deadlock with six runs on seven hits and one error. Junior Shaun McNamara began the inning on the mound for the Bears and gave up a walk to the first batter. Will Venable then doubled down the line in right field to advance the runner to third with no outs. Senior Chris Davidson then came in to relieve McNamara but was unsuccessful in escaping the tough jam.

Andrew Salini's single thru the left side proved to be the game-clincher as it easily scored the winning run for the Tigers. Despite Eldridge grounding into a double play in the next at-bat, the Tigers went on to pound out five more hits, including a triple and a double, to take a big 12-6 lead.

McNamara was charged with the loss on the mound while Miller earned the victory for the Tigers. Christian, Kutler, Nichols and junior Danny Hughes each tallied two hits in the night cap. Overall, Brown was out-hit 28-11 in the two games as the Tigers rocked the Bears for 19 in the second game.

Brown will look to rebound this weekend as it hosts Ivy foes Penn and Columbia on Saturday and Sunday respectively. Both doubleheaders are set to begin at noon.