April 16, 2006
Providence, RI - Despite 15 hits in game two, the Brown baseball team gave up its first place position in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division as Dartmouth swept both games of a doubleheader, 3-1 and 8-6, on Sunday at Aldrich Field. The Big Green improve to 9-3 in the league after taking three from the Bears in the four-game series. Brown, now 8-4 in Ivies, made a valiant comeback in the night cap, getting the winning run on base in the bottom of the ninth after trailing 8-2 early on in the game.
Junior Will Bashelor hit a two-out solo homerun to leftfield to give Dartmouth an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first of game one. Brown didn't get its first base runner until the fourth inning as senior Paul Christian earned a lead-off walk. Following two pop-ups, sophomore Jeff Dietz advanced to first on a fielding error by the Big Green's third baseman. Junior Devin Thomas made Dartmouth pay for the error as he lined a shot through the rightside, scoring Christian from second. Brown loaded up the bases on the next play with junior Eric Larson earning the second walk of the inning. Jeff Wilkerson, on the mound for the Big Green, got out of the bases loaded jam by catching sophomore Ryan Murphy looking at the plate.
With runners on the corner, two outs, and Bashelor stepping to the plate, Head Coach Marek Drabinski went to sophomore Rob Hallberg in the bullpen in the top of the fifth to get the Bears out of the jam. With the wind blowing out in rightfield though, Bashelor floated one over the head of Christian, scoring two runs for Dartmouth.
Down 3-1 heading into the bottom of the sixth, Brown threatened, getting the go-ahead run at the plate after junior Bryan Tews singled to shortstop and Dietz earned a walk. The Bears stranded both runners, however, as Thomas and Larson both flied out to leftfield to end the inning.
Hallberg kept Dartmouth off the board in the top of the seventh, striking out Dartmouth's Damon Wright to end the inning with two runners left on base. Murphy made a perfect bunt to lead-off the bottom of the inning as freshman Dan Shapiro pinch hit for freshman Matt Nuzzo, representing the tying run. Wilkerson struck out Shapiro, getting the first out of the inning. Papenhouse then nearly tied the game up with a deep fly to left that just barely stayed inside the fence. In Brown's last chance, Christian struck out swinging, tying things up temporarily between the two teams in the Red Rolfe Division.
Junior Ethan Silverstein suffered the loss in game one, pitching 4.2 innings. He allowed three runs off five hits. At the plate, Tews, Thomas and Murphy posted the Bears lone three hits on the day.
Brown got off to a rough start in game two as sophomore Alex Silverman allowed two hits, walked one batter and hit another to give Dartmouth an early 1-0 lead. Dietz came in to relief Silverman with still no outs and the bases loaded, getting the job done as the Big Green only scored one more run off a sacrifice fly. Brown got one run off a double to left center by Dietz in the bottom of the inning to cut Dartmouth's lead to just one run.
Dartmouth rocked Dietz with six runs off five hits, including a two-run homer in the second inning. Larson belted a solo shot over the fence in leftfield in the bottom of the inning to make it a six run game, 8-2. Things settled down for the next four innings as neither team got a run across home plate but Brown rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to get to within three, 8-5. Tews dropped a single to rightfield that went through the rightfielder's legs, allowing Tews to advance all the way over to third. Thomas scored Tews on an RBI groundout to the pitcher before Dietz and Hughes hit solo homeruns off back-to-back pitches.
Brown got another step closer in the eighth inning, scoring one run off two hits. Sophomore Brian Kelaher singled through the right side and moved over to third when Christian doubled to left center. He went on to score off a wild pitch but the Bears stranded runners at second and third.
With one last chance, Brown loaded up the bases on three walks in the bottom of the ninth but Dartmouth kept its composer, getting Larson to strike out swinging and Christian to fly out deep to center to end the game.
Dietz suffered the loss on the mound despite striking out a career-high nine batters in 7.2 innings. He also led Brown at the plate, going 4-5 with two runs driven in and a run scored. Kelaher went 3-4 with a run scored while Tews and Hughes posted two hits apiece.
Brown will take a break from Red Rolfe action on Wednesday when it welcomes in Quinnipiac. The one nine inning game will begin at 3:30 p.m.