Bears Fall 8-7 to UNC Greensboro in 15 Innings
March 29, 2002
GREENSBORO, NC -- In one of the longest games in recent Brown baseball history, the Bears dropped a heartbreaking 8-7 decision in fifteen innings to UNC Greensboro at UNCG Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
The Bears (6-9) trailed 7-1 going into the eighth inning when they put six runs up on the board to tie the game 7-7. Brown lost the game on a bloop single to right field in the bottom of the fifteenth.
Senior pitcher Bryant Romo (Arcadia, CA) suffered the loss on the hill for the Bears despite throwing six strong innings of relief. Romo entered the game in the ninth with the score knotted 7-7. He gave up one run on four hits while striking out four batters. Freshman Chris Davidson (Wolfville, Nova Scotia) made his first collegiate start on the mound for the Bears and went six innings giving up six runs on 11 hits.
Offensively the Bears were led by sophomore Matt Kutler (Omaha, NE) who went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple. Sophomore Rob Deeb (West St. Paul, MN) and senior Rick Lynn (Towaco, NJ) also added two hits apiece for the Bears. Freshman Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ) extended his hitting streak to nine games with an RBI single in the eighth inning.
UNC Greensboro had the upper hand for most of the early going, as the Spartans claimed a 7-1 lead after seven full innings of play.
However, the Bears mounted a serious comeback in the top of the eighth inning. Kutler led off the inning with a pinch hit double to left center that began the rally. Two batters later, Lynn singled and Deeb was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Kutler scored on a passed ball and Lynn came home on a Spartan balk to make the score 7-3. Nichols followed with a single to plate Deeb and bring the Bears within three runs of the Spartans at 7-4. With two outs and runners on first and second, freshman James Lowe (Asheboro, NC) slapped an RBI double down the left field line to score Nichols. Freshman Adam Royster (Bethesda, MD) and Lowe both came around to score on an outfield error to tie the score 7-7.
The Spartans scored the winning run with one out in the bottom of the fifteenth on a single to right field.
Brown fell to a record of 6-9 with the loss and will return to action on Friday, March 29 for a doubleheader at Duke beginning at 3:00 p.m.