April 28, 2004
Providence, RI - In a game that saw a combined 44 hits, the Brown baseball team relinquished a nine-run lead, falling to UConn 26-21 on Wednesday. Not one inning went scoreless with the Bears putting up 11 in the fourth and the Huskies tallying 12 in the seventh. Despite holding a commanding 21-12 lead by the end of the fifth, UConn rallied back in the seventh to take the lead for good. The nearly four hour-long game was called at the end of eight innings due to darkness.
Each team recorded 22 hits as eight Brown players had multi-hit games, led by junior Bobby Wiginton's four. Wiginton tallied a triple and a two-run homer, driving in a team-high four runs. He also scored four. Junior Chris Contrino went 3-6 with three RBI and two runs scored. Senior Bobby Deeb broke out of his slump with a 3-6 showing, including a pair of doubles. Junior Jeff Nichols continued his hot streak going 3-6 at the plate with two doubles. Sophomore Paul Christian blasted two over the fence, his 10th and 11th of the season. Freshman Bryan Tews also went 3-4 with a pair of runs scored and driven in.
UConn jumped out with four runs in the opening frame on just one hit. Brown then creeped back with a run in the bottom half of the inning and two in the second. The Huskies brought in another four runs in the third to take an 8-3 advantage.
Going into the bottom of the fourth, UConn led 9-4 but the Bears exploded for 11 runs on nine hits to surge to a 15-9 lead in the bottom of the fourth. Brown tallied seven singles, a double and a triple in the frame. Wiginton, Contrino and Deeb all went 2-2 in the inning.
By the end of six, Brown was up 21-12, as it added a run in the fifth and five in the sixth. At that point Brown had twice as many runs as the Huskies had hits but the line score quickly changed in the top of the seventh as the Huskies hammered the Bears with 12 runs to go up 24-21. They added two more runs in the eighth, shutting down the charged up Brown offense in the last two innings for the 26-21 final.
Brown will close out the Ivy season with a four-game series with Yale beginning on Friday. The Bears will travel to New Haven for a doubleheader with the Bulldogs before hosting the last two games of the series on Saturday.