May 1, 2002
CAMBRIDGE, MA - The Brown baseball team dropped a heartbreaking 13-12 decision to the Harvard Crimson on a solo homer in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday afternoon at O'Donnell Field.
The Bears (22-21, 10-6 Ivy) now trail the Crimson (15-21, 11-5 Ivy) by one game in the Rolfe Division standings with four Ivy games remaining for each squad.
Brown led 11-4 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but Harvard came back with six runs in the bottom of the inning and eventually tied the game 12-12 in the eighth.
The game was tied 2-2 through four innings when the Bears erupted for seven runs in the top of the fifth, highlighted by a three-run homer by senior Greg Metzger (Trumbull, CT).
Metzger led the Brown hitting attack as he went three-for-five with a double, homer and four RBI. Fellow senior John Cappello, who started on the hill for the Bears, helped his own cause with a three-for-four performance at the plate with three RBI. Sophomore Rob Deeb (West St. Paul, MN) and freshman Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ) each hit solo homers for the Bears and sophomore John Magaletti (Scarsdale, NY) went two-for-five with a double.
Despite throwing six and a third strong innings, Cappello was charged with seven earned runs on seven hits while striking out seven. Sophomore Sam Jennings (New Ashford, MA) came on in the seventh and gave way to junior Dan Spring (Washington, D.C.) (3-5), who took the loss in the bottom of the ninth.
The Bears will be back in action on Friday, May 3 at Yale for a pivotal Rolfe Division doubleheader beginning at noon.