Two More Wins Over Dartmouth Pushes Bears Into Hunt For Ivy Title

Two More Wins Over Dartmouth Pushes Bears Into Hunt For Ivy Title
The Brown baseball team completed a four-game sweep over Dartmouth with a 10-4 win in game one and a 6-5 extra innings victory in game two on Sunday. The wins improve the Bears to 8-2 in Ivy play, putting Brown right within reach of first place Harvard, which holds a 10-2 record. Sophomore Bryan Tews went 4-5 with a grandslam to lead the Bears to the victory in game one.

After trailing 3-0 in the second game, the Bears overtook the lead, 5-3, but Dartmouth was able to rally together two runs in the eighth to send the game into extra innings. Tews ground out to second base scored senior Jeff Nichols, who reached on a double, for the game-winning run.

Tews grand slam in the second inning of game one surged Brown to a 4-0 lead and it never looked back, adding two more runs in the third and three more in the fourth. Dartmouth scored all four of its runs in the sixth inning with just one of them being earned. The Bears sealed the victory with one last run in the seventh for the 10-4 final.

Junior James Cramphin pitched another stellar game, tossing five straight scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. Three of the Big Green's four runs in the sixth were the results of two Brown errors. Cramphin has only given up one earned run in his last 14 innings pitched.

With the Bears getting two runs off a pair of sacrifice flies by junior Danny Hughes and and sophomore Devin Thomas in the third, junior Paul Christian recorded his eighth homerun of the season in the fourth, bringing in two runs while Thomas' double brought in the third run of the inning. Senior Bobby Wiginton added a solo shot in the seventh. Senior Chris Contrino posted two of the Bears 13 hits in the game as did senior James Lowe, who also scored three runs

Also adding hits were seniors Matt Kutler and Jeff Nichols. Freshman Rob Hallberg pitched 1.1 innings of hitless relief with a pair of strikeouts.

The Big Green scored a run in the first three innings to take a 3-0 lead but Brown rebounded back to knot things up with three runs in the fifth. Thomas led-off the inning with a single through the opposite side and stole second to get into scoring position. After Contrino earned a walk, Wiginton singled to left field to load up the bases. Dartmouth had a chance at a double play when Tews grounded out to third base but two runs ended up scoring when Dartmouth's thirdbaseman threw the ball away on a throw to second. Kutler later drove in the tying run with a sacrifice fly to left field.

Brown starter Shaun McNamara settled in nicely after the third inning, allowing just three hits, all of them singles, in four innings of play. With two outs and a runner on third, Hallberg came in to relieve McNamara on the mound and was able to end the inning without any damage being done.

A frustrated Dartmouth team rallied in the bottom of the eighth to get the tying run across the plate. A double followed by a triple brought in one run while a single on the next play tied things up at 5-5. Senior Chris Davidson stepped to the mound and recorded a crucile inning-ending strikeout.

The senior tri-captain went on to toss three more innings of hitless ball as the Bears loaded up the bases with one out in the eleventh inning. Following Nichols rip to the gap in left center, Contrino reached base after being hit by a pitch and Wiginton singled to right field. With the bases juiced, Tews cooly collected his sixth RBI of the day with a fielder's choice ground out to second which allowed Nichols to score from third.

Dartmouth got a runner in scoring position with one out in its last chance but Davidson got the last two batters to ground out and fly out, ensuring the Brown victory. He improves to 2-1 on the season.

Eight of Brown's nine batters recorded atleast a hit in game two as the team posted ten overall.

Brown will make-up its missed doubleheader with Cornell on Wednesday in Ithaca. The first pitch is set for 12 noon. The Bears will then host a pivotal four-game series with Harvard on Saturday and Sunday at Aldrich Field.