April 9, 2005

Bears Earn Second Straight Sweep With 4-3 and 6-4 Come-From-Behind Wins Over Penn

April 9, 2005

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Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team earned a pair of come-from-behind victories over Penn on Saturday to improve to 9-11 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League. With Penn holding a 3-2 lead in game one, senior Matt Kutler hit a led-off homerun in the eighth inning to keep the Bears alive. Junior Danny Hughes later drove in the game-ending run in the 11th to give Brown a 4-3 win. A four-run eighth pushed the Bears to a 6-4 victory in game two.

By the third inning of game one, the Quakers held a 2-0 lead with a pair of RBI groundouts. Brown then tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth on a sacrifice fly by junior Eric Larson and a groundout by Hughes. Junior Paul Christian and senior Matt Kutler got the rally started on back-to-back singles.

Sophomore right-hander Bryan Tews cruised through four scoreless innings as the scheduled seven-inning game went into extra frames with the score still knotted at 2-2.

The Quakers pounded out a trio of singles in the top of the eighth to grab a 4-3 lead but Kutler quickly erased Penn's hope for a win when he sent the first pitch of the bottom of the inning over the right field fence.

Still deadlocked at 3-3 heading into the bottom of the 11th, the Bears loaded up the bases with a walk by Christian, a single down the right field line by Kutler and an intentional walk to Larson. Hughes stepped to the plate having gone 0-4 on the day but came through in the clutch, roping one deep into the gap in left center to give Brown its first Ivy victory of the season.

Kutler continued his hot hitting with a 4-5 performance while Christian went 2-5. Freshman Robert Hallberg got the win on the mound, the first of his career. Freshman Jeff Dietz and senior Chris Davidson each pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief.

Tews finished the day with a career-high ten strikeouts in 7.2 innings of work. He allowed just three runs, one of them unearned and walked none.

In game two, Penn got one on the board first with an RBI double in the second to take a 1-0 lead. The Quakers extended their lead to 3-0 with two runs in the fifth. A solo homerun by senior Chris Contrino cut the lead to two, 3-1, in the bottom half of the inning.

Penn got back its three run lead in the next inning, getting one run on one hit and one error but Christian brought it right back to two, 4-2, with a solo shot to left field, his fifth of the season and 21st of his career. He is now tied for fifth all-time at Brown in homeruns. Down two with one out in the bottom of the eighth, Kutler scorched a single to left center, his seventh hit of the afternoon and 14th in the Bears last four games. Senior Jeff Nichols reached on a throwing error by Penn's third baseman while Kutler moved all the way over to third with two outs. Sophomore Devin Thomas then tied the game up at 4-4 with a two-run single to the outfield. Senior Jimmy Lowe advanced Thomas over to third with a single on the next play.

Hughes got his second game-winning RBI of the day with a hard-hit grounder to the second baseman that allowed Thomas to score from third. Contrino gave the Bears an insurance run with a single that scored Lowe from second.

Hallberg got his second win of the day, retiring the side in the top of the ninth to ensure the 6-4 Brown victory. He pitched the final 3.1 innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five. Junior Shaun McNamara got the start on the mound, giving up three runs on seven hits in 4.2 innings.

Kutler went 3-4 in game two as he has gone 14-16 in his last four games. Contrino broke out of a slump with a 3-4 showing, driving in two runs. Thomas also drove in two runs on 1-4 hitting.

Brown will host Columbia in another doubleheader tomorrow at Aldrich Field. Game time is set for 12 noon.