Bears Drop Opening Two Against Yale
April 30, 2004
New Haven, CT - In the opening doubleheader of a four-game series, the Brown baseball team dropped both games to Yale on Friday. After scoring 21 runs against Connecticut on Wednesday, the Bears totaled five in the two games against the Bulldogs, falling 5-2 and 6-3. With the pair of losses, Brown is now in fourth in the Red Rolfe Division with an 8-10 Ivy record. The two teams entered the day tied for third place.
In the opening game Yale jumped out to a 3-0 by the end of the third inning and held on the rest of the way. Brown recorded a run in the fourth and another in the fifth but the Bulldogs combated that with two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Junior Jeff Nichols led Brown with his 2-2 performance at the plate. Juniors Bobby Wiginton and Chris Contrino scored the two Brown runs. Sophomore Danny Hughes tallied his team-leading 41st RBI in the loss.
On the mound, sophomore Shaun McNamara went the distance in a solid outing. He allowed just six hits and four earned runs despite picking up the loss, just his second of the season.
In the night cap, the Bears took their first and only lead of the afternoon in the opening frame with a run scored on a Yale wild pitch. However, over the course of the bottom half of the first and second innings, the Bulldogs scored all the runs they would need to earn the victory, recording two in the first and four in the second.
Sophomore James Cramphin pitched all six innings as well. Although allowing the six runs, Cramphin cruised the rest of the way, pitching five straight scoreless innings. He allowed just one hit in the five frames.
At the plate, Brown matched Yale in the hits column with eight. Senior Bobby Deeb went 2-5 with a run scored while six others tallied one hit each. Sophomore Paul Christian and junior James Lowe drove in a run each.
Brown will have the chance to even things up with Yale as it will host the final two games of the series on Saturday beginning at noon. It will mark the end of the Ivy season for both teams and the end of the home season for Brown.