Paul Christian Ties School Record For Career Homeruns In 13-7 Loss To URI
April 27, 2006
Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team dropped a 13-7 decision to Rhode Island on Thursday afternoon. The game originally began back on April 12 as part of a doubleheader but was called after four innings due to darkness. The Rams held a 9-6 lead and today they extended that lead with two runs in the fifth and seventh innings. Brown got one run across the plate in the bottom of the seventh but it was too little, too late.
The first inning saw a combine seven runs as Brown held an early 4-3 lead thanks to a solo homerun by Christian and a three-run shot by Thomas. The homerun by Christian was the 32nd of his career, which ties the school record set by John King in 1979. The Rams equaled their run output in the second to take a 6-4 lead with the Bears going down in order in the bottom half of the inning. Another run in the third off a solo smash, extended Rhode Island's lead to three, 7-4.
Thomas' second homerun of the game got Brown to within one as he sent a two-run blast over the fence in left center but the Rams regained their lead of three with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth.
The Rams continued where they left off some 338 hours beforehand, scoring two more runs in the fifth as they posted runs in every inning up until that point. The Bears managed to keep Rhode Island off the board in the sixth but two more runs in the seventh put the game out of reach.
Sophomore Peter Moskal, who pitched three innings on April 12, was charged with the loss. Thomas' five RBI were a season-high as he finished the game 2-4. Christian and junior Bryan Tews also went 2-4.
Brown will wrap up the home portion of its 2006 schedule tomorrow when it hosts Yale in the first of two doubleheaders. The second twin billing, which concludes Ivy League play for both teams, will be held in New Haven on Saturday.