May 4, 2006

Bears Split Doubleheader with CCSU To Close Out 2006 Season

The Brown baseball team split a doubleheader with Central Connecticut State on Thursday to end the 2006 season. The Bears went 16-24 on the year and finished third in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division with a 12-8 record. The Blue Devils took game one, 6-4, before Brown earned a 10-8 victory in the night cap, scoring six runs in the seventh inning.

Brown scored one run off an error in the first inning of game one before CCSU took a 2-1 lead with three hits in the bottom of the second. A lead-off walk by sophomore Jeff Dietz in the fourth began a three-run rally as junior Eric Larson moved him over to third with a single up the middle. Junior Devin Thomas then drove in Dietz with a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Larson moved all the way over to third with back-to-back steals and scored with an RBI groundout by sophomore Ryan Murphy. Back-to-back doubles by freshman Rob Papenhause and sophomore J.J. Eno brought in one more run before the inning's end.

The Blue Devils quickly answered with four runs in the bottom half of the frame to regain the lead, 6-4. CCSU posted four singles in the inning as all four runs came with two outs. The next two innings went scoreless, leaving the Bears with one final chance at the win. The Blue Devils Ken Kerski picked up the save despite a two out double by senior Paul Christian.

Junior Bryan Tews suffered the loss on the mound, going 4.1 innings with six runs allowed off 11 hits. Senior Ethan Burton and junior Ethan Silverstein combined to pitch 1.2 innings of hitless relief.

At the plate, Eno led Brown with a 2-2 performance. Christian also posted two hits in four at-bats while four others added one hit each.

In the night cap, CCSU scored four runs in the first but the Bears made it a one-run game with a three run third. Tews drove in one run with a single to right field while Christian, who reached on a double to right field, eventually scored on a wild pitch. Thomas made it a one run game with a double to right field, allowing Tews to score from second.

A sacrifice fly by Tews in the fifth tied things up at 4-4 but the Blue Devils quickly regained a three-run lead, pounding out four hits in the bottom of the fifth. Three outs to victory, CCSU gave up six runs in the seventh inning as Brown was able to close out 2006 on a positive note.

An RBI single by Christian began the rally as Tews followed up with a single to right. With one out in the inning, sophomore Jeff Dietz ripped a double to center field to bring in another run. A ground out by sophomore Ryan Murphy allowed the third run of the inning to score, tying the game up at 7-7. With two outs and the bases loaded, freshman Matt Nuzzo was hit by a pitch to bring in the go-ahead run. A two-run single by freshman Dan Shapiro on the next play gave the Bears some breathing room, which they would need. The Blue Devils loaded up the bases in the final frame with just one out, scoring one run off a fielder's choice before Dietz got CCSU to ground out to end the game.

Four players posted multiple hits in game two, including Christian, Tews, Dietz and junior Robert Dykehouse. Tews and Shapiro each drove in a pair of runs as well. On the mound, Dietz earned the victory, his fourth of the season. Senior Shaun McNamara started the game, pitching 4.1 innings.