Bears Fail To Gain Any Ground on First Place Harvard with Split Against Yale

April 29, 2005

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Providence, RI - After taking the first game, 5-2, the Brown baseball team (20-18, 12-6) relinquished a 5-0 lead in game two, splitting a doubleheader with Yale on Friday afternoon. The Bears still remain one game behind first place Harvard in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division standings. Junior Paul Christian went 4-7 with three RBI in the two games while junior Shaun McNamara allowed just one earned run in the game one victory.

Yale threatened in the top of the first, getting runners on first and third with one out but McNamara got the Bulldogs to ground into a double play to escape the inning with no damage.

The Bears jumped on Yale starter Alex Smith early, getting one run off three hits. Junior Paul Christian ripped a double to left field and scored off a single by senior Matt Kutler to give Brown the early lead.

Despite a lead-off walk, McNamara shutdown Yale's bats in the second, posting his second straight scoreless inning. He went on to blank the Bulldog's in the third as well, getting Yale to ground into another double play.

Thomas got a one out single in the bottom of the third but Yale's second baseman made a diving play that led to a double play, quickly ending the Bear's chances of increasing their lead.

McNamara continued his dominance on the mound in the fourth as he got out of a one out, bases loaded jam. Yale tallied back-to-back hits followed by a walk to load up the bases but the next two batters grounded out to first base to end the inning with nothing to show for it.

Brown pieced together a three run fourth off one hit and one error to take a 4-0 lead. Junior Eric Larson earned a lead-off walk while senior James Lowe moved him over to second with a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Bryan Tews then singled to right field, advancing Larson to third.

After Smith walked senior Jeff Nichols to load up the bases, the Bulldogs second baseman made a costly error on what could have been an inning-ending double play. Instead one run scored and the bases remained loaded for Christian, who was hit by a pitch to bring in another run. Kutler, the Ivy League's top hitter, then gave the Bears a 4-0 lead with a fielder's choice ground-out to second.

The fifth went scoreless for both teams and McNamara cruised through the sixth, allowing just one hit before doubling up the Bulldogs to secure the shutout with just one inning left.

Brown took a 5-0 lead after Christian belted out his second double of the game in the bottom of the sixth, scoring Wiginton who reached after being hit by a pitch. The Bulldogs spoiled the shutout for McNamara in the seventh, scoring two runs off a pair of hits and one error for the 5-2 final.

In seven complete innings, McNamara gave up just six hits and struck out four. He was charged with just one of the Bulldog's runs, dropping his ERA to under five this season. Christian drove in two runs off his two doubles while Hughes went 2-3 at the plate as well. Kutler drove in two more runs for the Bears with a 1-3 performance.

Junior James Cramphin started on the mound in game two, pitching a scoreless first despite giving up a led-off single while the Bears rocked Yale starter Mike Mongiardini for three runs in the bottom half of the first.

Tews lead things off with a walk and Christian followed up with a single to left center. Kutler then walked to load up the bases with no outs. A passed ball allowed all the runners to move up on the next play, including Tews from third to give Brown a 1-0 lead. Thomas then singled to right field to bring in another run and a hard shot back to the mound by Lowe made it 3-0.

The Bears increased their lead to 5-0 in the second with a pair of runs off three hits. Christian drove in another run with a single up the middle while Lowe drove in Brown's fifth run.

Yale struck for a pair of doubles and singles in the third to tie the game up at 5-5. The Bears loaded up the bases in the bottom of the third with Hughes reaching on an error and the next two batters getting hit by pitches but Yale got off the hook, not allowing a run to score.

Instead, the Bulldogs took the lead in the fourth, getting four runs off five hits to go ahead 9-5. Cramphin's day ended after giving up two hits in the inning as sophomore Ethan Silverstein pitched a third of relief, surrendering two more runs before junior Ethan Burton came in and finally ended the inning.

Burton stayed in for the fifth and gave up just one hit as Christian continued his hot hitting with a run scoring triple down the right field line in the bottom half of the inning, cutting the lead to three, 9-6.

The Bulldogs went scoreless in the sixth with Burton pitching another effective inning and Brown came to within one, 9-8, with two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Contrino began the rally with a single up the middle while Tews walked and Christian reached on a fielder's choice. Kutler then came through with a two-run bloop single to left field.

Brown found itself in a huge jam in the eighth with runners on second and third with nobody out. Senior Chris Davidson came in to relieve freshman Rob Hallberg, who pitched two-thirds of an inning, and was untouchable. After getting the first out with a foul out to third base, he stuck out the next two batter's swinging.

Down one, 9-8, Larson drew a one out walk in the bottom of the eighth but Yale got the Bears to ground into a double play and tacked on two insurance runs in the top of the ninth to earn the 11-8 victory.

Tews went 2-3 at the plate with two runs scored and one driven in. Christian finished 2-4 with two runs scored and a run driven in as well. Lowe recorded two hits in five at-bats with a pair of runs driven in.

Brown will now play a double header at Yale tomorrow beginning at noon. Harvard will begin its four-game series at Dartmouth tomorrow as well.