Crimson Sweep Bears In DoubleheaderThe Harvard University offense battered Brown pitching on Sunday for 35 hits and 26 runs, sweeping a doubleheader from the Bears by 11-5 and 15-8 scores, overshadowing a record-setting afternoon for Brown shortstop Dan Kantrovitz.
In the first game, Harvard jumped out to a 6-0 lead after three and 7-1 lead after four, but the Bears put four runs on the board in the fifth inning to pull within two runs of Harvard. Dan Spring started the rally with a towering two-run jack, and then Dan Kantrovitz followed suit with a two-run homer of his own, bringing Brown within two, 7-5. However, Harvard struck for another single run in the sixth, and added a three-run homer in the seventh to take the 11-5 win.
The home run by Kantrovitz set the Brown record for career hits, as he passed Jeff Lawler of the Class of 2000 with the 189th hit of his career. He went 4-4 in the first game of the doubleheader. Jamie Grillo took the loss, going two-plus innings and allowing six earned runs.
In the second game, Brown took a 3-1 lead in the home half of the first on a three-run homer by John Cappello, but Harvard rallied for a run in the third and three more in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. Unfortunately, the fifth inning became Brown's Achilles' heel, as the Crimson sent 14 men to the plate and scored eight times, pulling away from the Bears, as Brown used three pitchers in the inning. All but one Harvard player finished the game with at least two hits, and every Harvard position player scored at least one run.
Brown scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings on solo homers by Rick Lynn and Shaun Gallagher. Cappello pitched the final four innings of the game and stopped the bleeding for the Bears, allowing just a single earned run and striking out three.
The Bears, now 16-19 overall and 7-7 in the Ivy League, host Sacred Heart in a doubleheader on Tuesday before getting back to league play with a home-and-home series with Yale next weekend.