Bears Close Out Season with Split Against Central Connecticut
May 3, 2005
Providence, RI - Brown closed out its first winning season since 2002 with a split against Central Connecticut on Tuesday afternoon. The Bears bounced back from a 5-4 extra innings loss in game one with a 10-8 victory in game two. Brown finishes the season with a 22-19 overall and 14-6 Ivy record, the second best mark among the eight Ivy schools.
Senior Matt Kutler closed out a spectacular career at Brown, breaking virtually every batting record in school history along with the Ivy League's all-time hits record. His .427 batting average currently ranks tenth in the nation. As a team, the Bears boasted the number one offense in the Ivy League, leading the conference in batting average, scoring, homeruns, doubles and slugging percentage. The team's .311 average at the plate ranked 36th in the nation while its 2.23 doubles per game was 40th.
Playing in the final games of their careers, all eight of Brown's seniors saw action in today's games. Senior Chris Jernigan earned his first start of the season behind the plate in the first game while senior right-hander Joel DeMaria, who missed all of last season and most of this season with an injury, earned the start on the mound in game two.
In game one, freshman Peter Moskal got the start on the hill, pitching two scoreless innings. Sophomore Paul Costa tossed two innings while sophomore Ethan Silverstein pitched three innings. Senior Chris Davidson closed things out in the eighth.
Brown scored three runs in the bottom of the second off four hits to take an early 3-0 lead. Junior Danny Hughes ripped a double down the right field line and senior James Lowe drove him in off a sacrifice fly. Jernigan recorded his first hit of the season, a single to right field, on the next play while senior Bobby Wiginton followed up with a two-run double.
Central Connecticut came to within one, 3-2, with a pair of runs in the top of the fourth but the Bears tacked on another run in the fifth. Kutler got his second hit of the game and eventually scored off a single by Hughes.
The Blue Devils tied things up at 4-4 with a two run homer in the top of the sixth by Brent Currier, forcing extra innings. Central Connecticut went on to score the winning run in the top of the eighth after loading up the bases. Freshman Garrett walker notched the game-winning hit for the Blue Devils as Davidson was charged with the loss on the mound, dropping him to 3-3 on the year.
Kutler went 2-4 at the plate with a run scored while Wiginton went 1-4 with a pair of runs batted in. Both Hughes and senior Jeff Nichols finished a perfect 2-2 with a run scored. The Blue Devils jumped on the board early in game two, plating three runs in the top of the first off four hits. Hughes made it a one-run game with a two-run blast to left center in the bottom half of the inning.
Brown added three more runs in the second to take a 5-3 lead. Lowe began the rally with a double to right center while Nichols earned a walk. The duo advanced to second and third with a double steal and Wiginton scored Lowe with a grounder to shortstop. Nichols scored as the result of an error by the Blue Devils shortstop. Kutler then doubled deep to left center to bring in another run for the Bears.
Central Connecticut scored one run off two hits in the third to get to within one, 5-4, but stranded three runners. The Bears then extended their lead to three, 7-4, with a two run shot by sophomore Bryan Tews in the fourth.
The Blue Devils made it a one run game in the fifth with another two run homer but sophomore Devin Thomas gave Brown its biggest lead, 10-6, with a three-run blast in the bottom half of the frame.
CCSU scored one run in the sixth and seventh innings, including the seventh homerun of the game but could get no closer.
Freshman Alex Silverman, who pitched 3.1 innings, picked up the win on the mound, his second of the season. Seven players recorded a hit for Brown with Thomas driving in three runs with his homerun.