Bears Edged by Elon 11-9
March 28, 2002
ELON, NC - In the second game of a two-game series with the Elon Phoenix, the Bears fell 11-9 on Wednesday afternoon.
Trailing 11-3 in the top of the ninth inning, the Bears rallied for six runs to pull within two runs of the Phoenix. The inning was highlighted by a three-run homer off the bat of senior John Cappello (Cranston, RI). However, the Bears did not complete the comeback attempt as they were defeated 11-9.
Freshman Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ) extended his hitting streak to eight games as he went 2 for 4 with a homerun and four RBIs. Sophomore Rob Deeb (West St. Paul, MN) went 2 for 5 with two stolen bases and freshman Chris Jernigan (Miami, FL) was 2 for 4 on the day.
Freshman Eli Friedman (Pittsburgh, PA) started on the hill for the Bears and went six innings, giving up six earned runs while striking out three batters. Junior Justin Lebowitz (Aberdeen, NJ) came on for the seventh and sophomore John Magaletti (Scarsdale, NY) made his debut on the mound for the Bears in the eighth inning.
The Bears jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first when Nichols drove in senior Rick Lynn (Towaco, NJ) with a groundout to shortstop. However, Elon scored two in the first, five in the second and two more in the third to take a 9-3 lead after three innings of play.
The Phoenix extended their lead to 11-3 by pushing across one run in both the fifth and sixth innings.
In the top of the ninth, freshman Cameron Mitchell (Lincoln, RI) (Athens Drive HS/Raleigh, NC) started the Bear rally with a double to left center. Junior Dan Spring (Washington, D.C.) followed with an RBI double that scored Mitchell. Lynn singled to right field to knock in Spring and the score stood at 11-5 with no outs. With Lynn on third, Nichols came through with an RBI single that scored Lynn. Then Cappello provided the heroics with a two-out three-run homer to left field that made the score 11-9.
The Bears are now 6-8 and will be back in action on Thursday, March 28 at UNC Greensboro in a 4 p.m. game.