May 2, 2001

Baseball Defeats Cornell In Twinbill To Clinch Tie For First In Rolfe Division

May 2, 2001

The Brown baseball team swept the Cornell Big Red on Wednesday, downing the Red 7-1 on a one-hitter by Jim Johnson and then breaking out the bats for a 14-5 win in game two. The win clinched a tie of first for the Bears in the Ivy League's Rolfe Division.

Johnson tied the Brown record for career wins with his 19th victory, going the distance and fanning 11 in the first game, leading Brown to the 7-1 win. John Cappello paced the Brown offense with a 4-4 showing at the plate, driving in five runs. Robert Deeb went 2-4 with a run scored, and Dan Kantrovitz went 2-3 with 3 runs scored. Shaun Gallagher added two more hits and scored twice for the victors.

Needing the sweep, Bruno sent Jonathan Stern to the hill in game two, and he responded with 6 2/3 strong innings, striking out seven and allowing five runs. The Red rallied within one in the seventh, scoring three times to make it a 6-5 game, but Brown exploded in the top half of the eighth. Fourteen Brown batters came to the plate and the Bears scored 8 times, the inning keyed by a bases-clearing triple by senior co-captain Todd Iarussi.

Matt Kutler, already the only player in Brown history to have five hits in a game twice, turned the feat again with a 5-6 game, knocking in three. Gallagher went 3-5 and Cappello 4-5, while Greg Metzger and Kantrovitz each contributed a homer and three ribbies.

Brown, which tied the school record for wins in a season with 23 and is now 12-8 in the league, faces Dartmouth on Thursday with the Rolfe Division title at stake. Game time is set for 3:00 in Hanover.