Kutler and Larson Led Bears to Sweep Over In-State Rival Rhode IslandSenior Matt Kutler went 7-7 with five RBI while junior Eric Larson drove in seven runs on 4-7 hitting to lead the Brown baseball team to a two-game sweep over in-state rival Rhode Island on Wednesday. Larson drove in five runs off two homeruns to lead the Bears to an 8-3 victory in game one while Kutler's two-run double in the fourth inning of game two gave Brown the lead for good in an 8-5 win. The wins improve the Bears to 7-11 on the year.
Laron's two-run shot in the first inning of game one gave Brown the lead for good while his three-run blast in the fifth pushed the lead to five. Kutler gave the Bears a 4-1 cushion in the third with a two-run bomb as well.
Sophomore Ethan Silverstein had a solid outing, pitching four complete innings to earn the victory. Freshman Peter Moskal made his collegiate debut, rolling through three hitless innings to earn the save. The rookie struck out four and walked none.
Senior Bobby Wiginton drove in the Bears other run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, finishing the day 1-2 at the plate. Freshman Conor Reardon earned his second straight start at third base, going 1-2 with a run scored. Kutler went a perfect 3-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.
The homerun derby continued in game two the Bears rocked URI's Adam Perkins with back-to-back homers to get things rolling. Junior Paul Christian put one over the fence in right field and sophomore Bryan Tews, stationed at first, followed up with another blast to right field to give the Bears an early 2-0 lead. It was the first homer of Tews' career.
The Rams answered back with two runs in the bottom of inning off three singles and a wild pitch but Christian and Tews helped give Brown back the lead in the second. Christian's single to left field advanced senior Contrino, who led-off the inning with a walk, to third base. Tews then grounded out to second base, allowing Contrino to score. Kutler racked up his third RBI of the afternoon with a single to left field, which scored Christian from second.
A sacrifice fly in the bottom of the second got Rhode Island to within one, 4-3, and by the third, the Rams gained the lead with a two-run homer by Mike Rainville. Brown quickly erased Rhode Island's lead with a four-run fourth to grab hold of the lead for good, 8-5. Kutler's double down the left field line brought home two runs and Larson drove in his sixth and seventh runs of the afternoon with a single to left field.
Freshman Alex Silverman got the start on the mound, allowing the five runs, four earned, in five complete innings. Freshman Robert Hallberg closed things out, earning the first save of his career. In two scoreless innings he allowed just one hit and walked none.
Kutler went 4-4 to complete a perfect day at the plate. Brown's all-time RBI leader added three more to his career total while also scoring a run. Tews had a 2-4 day at the plate, scoring and driving in two runs. Christian also went 2-4 with a run driven in and two runs scored. Larson went 2-4 to close out the day 4-7 with seven RBI. Senior Jeff Nichols went 1-4 with a double as well.
Brown will get back to conference action this weekend, hosting Penn and Columbia in a pair of doubleheaders on Satur