April 17, 2004
Providence, RI - The Brown University baseball team earned a two-game split with Dartmouth in the first doubleheader of a four-game series on Saturday. In game one, a walk-off three run homer by freshman Devin Thomas gave the Bears a come-from-behind 4-2 win. Brown couldn't pull-off the sweep though as the Big Green took a 6-3 victory in the night cap. Brown is now 10-15 overall and 7-3 in Ivy play.
Dartmouth's run in the opening frame of game one proved to be the only run scored until the seventh inning as the Bears knotted up the score in their last chance at bat, sending the game into extra innings.
Brown starting pitcher senior Sam Jennings and Dartmouth starter senior Patrick Dowling dueled it out on the mound. Each allowed just four hits with Jennings cruising through four-straight hitless and six straight scoreless innings.
Trailing 1-0 in the final inning, senior Bobby Deeb got into scoring position with a lead-off double to centerfield. By the time junior Jeff Nichols stepped into the batters box, the Bears were down to their last out with Deeb still at second. The Bears' shortstop came though with a rip to right field that just stayed in fair territory, easily scoring Deeb for the game tying run.
The Big Green then regained the lead in the top of the ninth, going up 2-1, despite no hits in the inning. Once again Brown was down to its last chance in the bottom half of the frame but the heroics of Thomas pulled the Bears to a thrilling victory as he blasted a three-run shot over the fence in leftfield.
In game two, Dartmouth jumped out to a 4-0 advantage in the second, a lead they would not relinquish. Brown got a run in the third, fifth and seventh innings but was not able to break past the Big Green's steady three run lead throughout the contest.
On the mound, junior Chris Davidson suffered the loss. Freshman Brian Tews pitched two and two-thirds of solid relief, allowing no runs.
At the plate, Thomas led Brown with his three RBI on the day. Sophomore Paul Christian went 3-8, including his eighth homerun of the season in game two. Junior Bobby Wiginton went 3-7 on the afternoon as well.
The two teams will play another doubleheader tomorrow at Brown beginning at noon.