May 1, 2004
Providence, RI - The Brown baseball team closed out the 2004 Ivy season in winning fashion, picking up a 4-2 win against Yale in game two of a doubleheader on Saturday. The Bears fell in game one 5-4 as they finish 9-11 in league play this season.
The Bears took a 1-0 lead in the opening frame with key base-running by Deeb, who line-out a lead-off single through the right side. He then stole second and advanced to third on a deep fly ball to centerfield off the bat of junior Chris Contrino. Deeb easily crossed home plate when junior Jeff Nichols lined one out to leftfield on the next play.
Nichols gave Brown a 3-0 lead in the third with a two-run bomb to leftfield that left in a hurry. He now has a career-high six homers on the season. Yale struck for two runs in the top of the fourth on four hits to cut the lead to one despite stranding two. The Bulldogs piled on three more runs in the next inning, going up 5-3.
In the Bears last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh junior Bobby Wiginton blasted a solo shot over the fence in leftfield to bring them to within one but it was the only run Brown could muster out of the inning.
Senior Sam Jennings, playing in his final home game, suffered the loss on the mound. In seven complete innings he allowed four earned runs, struck out four and walked only one batter. Six different players tallied all of the Bears six hits. Nichols drove in a team-high three RBI.
Once again Brown jumped out on the board first in the second game with a sacrifice fly by Contrino that scored junior James Lowe, who led-off the second inning with a double down the leftfield line.
Yale got the equalizer in the fourth with a pair of singles in the frame. Brown threatened in their half of the inning with two on and one out but a double play by the Bulldogs quickly ended the Bears chances.
In the seventh, the Bulldogs scored the go ahead run thanks to three straight base-hits as Brown drew up no runs since the second inning. Several deep fly balls fell just short of the fence but in the bottom of the seventh, Wiginton drilled one off the fence in leftfield, bringing in the tying run. Sophomore Paul Christian then roped a single into leftfield, scoring Wiginton for the go ahead run.
Brown added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth to take a decisive 4-2 lead. Nichols drilled one down the leftfield line just fair to take two bases. He was then advanced home by Lowe, who hit a fly to rightfield.
Freshman Bryan Tews recorded the win on the mound, pitching nine complete innings. He struck-out a career-high eight batters and walked none, improving his record to 2-0 this season.
Contrino led Brown with a 2-2 performance at the plate while driving in one run and scoring one. Lowe and Nichols both went 2-3, each scoring a run. Lowe also drove in a run.
The Bears will play at Boston College on Monday at 3:30 p.m. in a make-up game before closing out the 2004 season at Central Connecticut on Tuesday.