Freshman Matt Kutler, who on Monday was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week, went 4-5 with 8 RBI as the Brown baseball team defeated the University of Hartford in a marathon on Tuesday, 12-11. The game, which took more than 3 hours and 40 minutes to complete, gave Bruno its fifth straight victory.
Brown fell behind 4-1 after the first inning and a half, but the Bears’ bats came to life in the home half of the second. After Steve McCaughey walked, Dan Spring reached on a bunt single, and Rick Lynn walked to load the bases, Kutler delivered with a single to right field that scored McCaughey and Spring, Kutler’s second RBI single of the game, as he plated Lynn in the first.
Brown spotted the Hawks two more runs in the top of the third, but six runs in the third for Brown gavethe Bears some breathing room. Once again, Kutler’s bat provided the strongest blow, as he nailed a three-run homer that cleared the right field fence.
Hartford rallied to take an 11-10 lead in the top of the seventh, but the Bears fought back to score two of their own that same inning, again off the bat of Kutler. This time, the freshman from Omaha, Nebraska got up with first and second and doubled to the gap in right center, plating Spring and Lynn.
The Bears, now 11-13 overall, will take on Dartmouth this weekend. The game were originally scheduled to be played in Hanover, but have been moved to Brown, where the teams will play a pair of doubleheaders on Friday and Saturday, each beginning at noon.