Bears Split Doubleheader at Columbia
April 8, 2002
NEW YORK, NY - The Brown baseball team scored three runs in the top of the eighth inning to snap a 5-5 tie and earn an 8-5 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Columbia on Sunday. The Bears fell 7-3 in the second game to split for the second time in as many days.
In game one, freshman James Lowe (Asheboro, NC) notched the game-winning RBI in extra innings as he ripped a two-run double down the left field line in the eighth to put the Bears(11-14, 2-2 Ivy) ahead 8-5.
The game, which was scheduled for seven innings, was a back and forth battle from the start. The Bears scored a run in each of the first three innings but the Lions answered with two in the bottom of the first and one in the bottom of the third to knot the score 3-3 after three innings. Columbia scored two runs in the fourth and Brown came back with two in the fifth to tie the score 5-5. The score stood tied until the Bears plated three runs in the extra frame.
Senior catcher Greg Metzger (Trumbull, CT) led the offensive attack as he went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs. Fellow senior Shaun Gallagher (West Chester, PA) also added a leadoff double in the eighth inning to ignite the Brown rally.
Junior pitcher Dan Spring (2-3) (Washington, D.C.) picked up the victory for the Bears in relief of freshman starter Chris Davidson (Wolfville, Nova Scotia). Spring threw the seventh and the eighth for the Bears and held the Lions scoreless.
In game two, the Bears went down 5-1 after three innings and never fully recovered. Brown scored two in the top of the fourth to cut the Columbia lead to 5-3 after four innings, but the Lions added two more in the bottom of the sixth to move out in front 7-3.
Freshmen Chris Jernigan (Miami, Fl) (2 for 3) and Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ) (2 for 4) led the Bears offensively.
Senior Jamie Grillo (2-1) (Bellingham, MA) suffered the loss on the hill for the Bears despite throwing seven strong innings. Grillo gave up four earned runs and struck out six batters.
The Bears (11-14, 2-2 Ivy) return to action for a doubleheader with URI at Pawtucket's McCoy Stadium on April 10 beginning at 11 a.m.