March 13, 2002
GREENSBORO, NC - The Brown baseball team opened the 2002 season by winning three out of four games at North Carolina A&T on March 9-10.
On Saturday the Bears (3-1) swept both ends of a doubleheader, defeating the Aggies 8-5 in the first game and 18-15 in the second game. The following day, the Bears dropped a 12-2 decision in game one before coming back with a huge 16-3 victory in the second half of the doubleheader.
In game one on Saturday, senior hurler Jonathan Stern (Long Valley, NJ) picked up his first win of the season by tossing a complete game. Stern went the distance for the Bears, giving up four earned runs on eight hits while striking out four.
Offensively, the Bears were led by senior Rick Lynn (Towaco, NJ) (2 for 4), sophomore Matt Kutler (Omaha, NE) (2 for 3, 1 RBI), and senior Greg Metzger (Trumbull, CT) (2 for 4, 2 RBI). Sophomore Robert Deeb (West St. Paul, MN) and senior Shaun Gallagher (West Chester, PA) also chipped in with 2 RBIs apiece.
In a marathon extra-inning affair in the second game, the Bears pulled through with an 18-15 victory. Sophomore John Magaletti (Scarsdale, NY) notched the game-winning RBI in the top of the ninth inning when his single plated Metzger to break a 15-15 tie. Lynn followed with a double that knocked in two more runs and the Bears jumped out to an 18-15 lead that would hold in the bottom of the ninth.
Junior pitcher Dan Spring (Washington, D.C.) came on in the seventh inning for the Bears and earned his fist victory of the season by keeping the Aggies scoreless in two and a third innings of work while striking out six. Senior southpaw John Cappello (Cranston, RI) started the game for Brown, going five and a third innings, giving up seven earned runs on nine hits.
Kutler and Metzger were each 3 for 6 with two RBIs on the offensive end. Gallagher was 2 for 4 with three RBIs including his first home run of the season. Freshman James Lowe (Asheboro, NC) blasted a home run in his second collegiate at bat as he finished the day 2 for 5 with three RBIs.
On Sunday, the Bears suffered a 12-2 loss in the first game of the day. Brown fell behind early and could only manage four hits on the afternoon. Magaletti was 2 for 3 with an RBI and Metzger added his first homer of the season.
Sophomore Sam Jennings (New Ashford, MA) started on the hill for the Bears and went five innings.
Game two on Sunday was a different story as the Bears exploded for 16 runs and 10 hits as they crushed the Aggies 16-3.
Freshman pitcher Eli Friedman (Pittsburgh, PA) came up huge for the Bears as he picked up the win in his first career collegiate start. Friedman threw six strong innings, scattering ten hits and surrendering three runs while striking out six. Senior Bryant Romo (Arcadia, CA) came on in the seventh and retired the side in order.
Gallagher led the offensive attack, going 3 for 4 with an RBI. Lowe also came up big with two hits and five RBIs to finish the first weekend of the season with 8 RBIs. Kulter added three RBIs for the Bears, and freshman Cameron Mitchell (Apex, NC) launched the first home run of his collegiate career.
The Bears will return to action on Saturday, March 16 for a doubleheader at High Point University beginning at noon.