The Brown baseball team split its first two games of the season on Saturday, dropping the first game of the season 12-3 to UNC-Wilmington, before freshman Jason Priede nailed a two-out double in the seventh to give Brown a 6-5 win over the Seahawks in game number two.
Trailing 5-3 in the seventh inning of the second game, freshman Robert Deeb singled off UNCW reliever Fred Wray and after Rick Lynn grounded into a fielder’s choice, freshman Matt Kutler singled. Dan Kantrovitz then walked to load the bases and Brian Meadows spelled Wray. Meadows induced a fly ball from Todd Iarussi for the second out before walking Greg Metzger and setting up Priede’s dramatic two-out double on a 1-0 pitch into left-centerfield, plating three runs and giving Brown the 6-5 lead.
Sam Jennings then came out of the pen for Brown to earn his first collegiate save, fanning one with the tying run on second to give Brown its first win of the 2001 season.
Brown starter Jim Johnson lasted just 3 1/3 innings in the first game of the twinbill, as he allowed 9 hits and let the Seahawks jump out to an early lead. Sophomore Dan Spring went 2-4 for Brown, scoring one run and stealing a base, while Iarussi went 1-2 with a run scored in Brown’s losing effort.
Brown faces the Seahawks on Sunday at 1:00.