April 20, 2005
Ithaca, NY - The Brown baseball team (17-15, 9-3) split a doubleheader with Cornell, rolling to a 16-5 victory in game one before falling 8-6 in game two. Game two had been suspended due to rain in the eighth inning with the score tied 5-5 yesterday and was resumed today. The Big Red got the win by scoring three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Junior Paul Christian went a perfect 4-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, two RBI and four runs scored. Junior Danny Hughes drove in four runs off 3-5 hitting while senior James Lowe went 2-4 with a three-run homerun in the sixth and five total RBI. Senior Chris Contrino brought in four more runs, including a three-run shot of his own in the sixth inning.
Brown jumped out to a 2-0 lead in its first turn at the plate on an RBI double off the bat of Christian and a run-scoring single by Hughes. The Big Red charged back with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning to tie things up.
Brown responded in the top of the second by putting men on second and third with no outs as Contrino singled up the middle to drive in what proved to be the lone run of the inning.
After Cornell tied things up again with a solo homer in the third, Brown left the Big Red in the dust with a four-run fifth and eight-run sixth. Christian brought in the first of the 12 run outburst for the Bears with a single through the left side. Hughes then singled to right field to help bring in another run. A sacrifice bunt by Lowe plated another run to give Brown a 6-3 lead. The final run of the inning was scored off an error.
Brown followed up with an even bigger sixth as Lowe and Contrino each belted out three-run homeruns. Hughes brought in the other two runs of the inning with a single through the right side.
Sophomore Bryan Tews started the game on the mound for Brown, pitching 4.2 innings. He allowed just four runs, three earned, off four hits and struck out four. Sophomore Ethan Silverstein came in to relieve Tews, earning the win. He pitched 2.1 innings, giving up just one run off four hits and recorded five strikeouts.
The nightcap appeared that it would be more of the same for Brown, as the Bears struck for three runs on five hits in the first inning and left the bases loaded. In the second, Tews hit a one-out double to center field and advanced to third on a groundout, but after walking the next hitter, Big Red starter Walker Toma retired 11 of the next 13 batters to keep his team in the game.
The Big Red got two runs back in the bottom of the fourth on a sacrifice fly and a double down the left field line and tied the game at 3-3 in the fifth.
Cornell took the lead in the home half of the sixth but the lead was short-lived as Brown got a long, two-run homerun to left from Christian to take the 5-4 advantage. A pair of single sandwiched between a walk was enough for Cornell to get the tying run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh.
Overcast skies let loose with a steady drizzle through the middle innings of game two, but the field remained playable until the drizzle became a downpour in the top of the eighth. At that point the game was called with two runners on first and second, one out, and a 3-2 count on Tews at the plate.
The two teams resumed the game today but the Bears were unable to score a run in the eighth. Instead, Cornell went on to score three runs in the bottom of the eighth to earn the victory. Hughes hit a solo homer in the ninth to get Brown to within two but the next two batters grounded out to end the game.
Brown will now look to its crucial four game series with Harvard this weekend. The Crimson hold a 10-2 record with the Bears right on their tails in second with a 9-3 Ivy mark.