Bears Split Doubleheader With Crimson

The Brown baseball team split a pair of games with the Harvard Crimson on Saturday, falling 8-0 before rebounding to take a gritty 10-7 decision in action from Aldrich-Dexter Field.

Brown's offense managed just four hits in support of starter Jonathan Stern in the first game, as Stern went the distance allowing 8 runs, just one of which was earned, as the Bears made five errors behind the junior starter. Harvard struck for a 7-run third, and starter Justin Nyweide cruised the rest of the way, going the full seven and striking out four for his second win of the season.

In the nightcap, the Bears fell behind 2-0 in the top of the first, but came back with three runs in the second and two more in the fifth to take a 5-2 win. Harvard quickly rebounded to score four runs in the top of the sixth, taking a 6-5 lead on starter Jim Johnson.

The Brown offense came firing back in the eighth though, knocking starter John Birtwell from the game after an errant pickoff throw plated both Matt Kutler and Todd Iarussi. For the game, Kutler went 3-4 with 2 runs scored and a ribbie, while John Cappello stroked a pair of doubles. Iarussi, Rick Lynn, and Rob Deeb each had a pair of hits as well, with Lynn coming within one stolen base of the single season record with two more swipes.

The Bears, now 16-17 overall and 7-5 in Ivy play, face the Crimson in another doubleheader on Sunday, beginning at noon at Aldrich-Dexter Field.