NEWBERRY, S.C. � Brown University starting pitcher Ethan Silverstein (Woodbridge, Conn.) turned in a strong eight inning performance, as the visiting Bears stole a game at Kirkland Field from the Newberry College Indians 9-4 in college baseball action. Brown University improves its record to 4-8 on the season, while Newberry drops to 13-21 overall.
Silverstein (1-0) scattered ten hits over eight complete innings, while striking out five Indian batters.
Brown drew first blood in the second inning, when a pickoff throw from Newberry catcher Curt Marshall (Rock Hill, S.C.) sailed into center field, allowing Brown outfielder Eric Larson (Bradenton, Fla.) to score from third. With a man on and two outs, Brown third baseman Chris Contrino (Marlboro, N.J.) knocked an RBI double to right field, giving the Bears the 2-0 advantage.
Newberry answered in their half of the second, when Indian first baseman Malcolm McLeod (Chapin, S.C.) hit an RBI triple to cut the lead to 2-1. The Indians would level the score at two runs apiece, when Josh Buckley (Greer, S.C.) crossed the plate after a Ryan Easterby (Charleston, S.C.) groundout.
Newberry took the lead in the very next inning, when T.J. McCord (Manning, S.C.) lined an RBI double down the left field line, scoring Indian speedster Jamall Kinard (Newberry, S.C.) all the way from second, making the score 3-2. Newberry would extend its lead to 4-2, after a sacrifice fly from McLeod scored Anthony Dillenger (Gaffney, S.C.).
McCord went 3-for-5 in the game with an RBI. McCord and second baseman Matthew Webb (Cheraw, S.C.) were the only players to collect multiple hits for Newberry. Webb went 2-for-4 on the evening.
However, the Indian lead was short-lived as Brown would comeback to knot the game at four in the top of the fourth. Both Jeff Nichols (Medford, N.J.) and Devin Thomas (Gainesville, Fla.) would drive in runs in the inning.
The Brown bats really got going after the fourth, as the Bears would notch runs in each of the next four frames to seal the road victory. Thomas would hit a solo-shot in the sixth for Brown, the only home run of the contest for either team.
Brown�s Larson had a stellar game at the plate for the Bears, going 3-for-4 with a double. Nichols also was productive from the nine-hole, going 2-for-4 and recording an RBI for his efforts. Thomas led the Bears with two RBIs in the game.
Newberry starting pitcher Joel Crisp (Summerville, S.C.) had a decent outing, lasting 6.1 innings and only surrendering four earned runs. He was tagged with the loss, dropping his record to 1-3 on the season.
Brown continues its southern road swing tomorrow against #14 South Carolina. Newberry is back in action tomorrow as well, traveling to Hartsville, S.C. for a 1 p.m. game with Coker College.