Bears Sweep Crusaders, Head To Cornell With Division At Stake

May 1, 2001

The Brown baseball team began its most critical week of the season with a sweep on Tuesday of Holy Cross, downing the host Crusaders 13-3 and 5-4 in action from Worcester. The wins improved Brown to 21-22 overall.

In the first game, starter Justin Lebowitz went six strong innings to earn his second victory of the season, scattering just four hits and striking out five. Brown gave him ample run support, striking for seven runs in the first three innings and putting up five more in the sixth to outdistance Holy Cross.

Offensively, Bobby Deeb, batting in the leadoff spot for injured Rick Lynn, went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, while Dan Kantrovitz went 3-3 with 4 runs scored. John Cappello added a three-run jack in his 2-4 day.

In the second game, Shaun Gallagher hit a game-winning homer in the seventh, his second in less than a week, to lead Brown to the 5-4 win. David Greci pitched the first five for Brown, allowing six hits and just two earned runs. Erik Bass pitched the last two for the Bears, allowing just one hit and a single unearned run to earn the victory.

For the game, Todd Iarussi went 3-4, Cappello went 2-4, and Gallagher went 2-4. Kantrovitz added another hit, pulling ahead of Gallagher in the race for the single-season hits record. Kantrovitz now has 64 hits on the year, while Gallagher is at 63. The wins also made the Class of 2001 the winningest class in Brown history, as they picked up their 78th and 79th wins, passing the mark set by the Class of 1988.

The Bears face Cornell on Wednesday in Ithaca. A sweep will give the Bears a share of the Rolfe Division title, and they will face Dartmouth in Hanover on Thursday with the title at stake if they sweep the Red on Wednesday. Game time is set for noon in Ithaca.