April 4, 2002
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown baseball team picked up its second consecutive victory over one of the top ranked teams in New England by downing Northeastern 7-5 on Thursday afternoon in the home opener at Aldrich-Dexter Field.
Senior Rick Lynn (Towaco, NJ) extended his hitting streak to nine games as he notched the game-winning RBI with a two out single to left field in the bottom of the eighth inning to break a 5-5 tie.
The Bears (9-12) jumped out to an early 5-2 lead after scoring five runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. However, Northeastern (10-3) came back to tie the game 5-5 with two runs in the top of the eighth inning. The Bears answered with two runs in the home half of the eighth to go out in front 7-5.
Senior John Cappello (Cranston, RI) started on the hill for the Bears and went five innings. Cappello held the Huskies to two runs on five hits and did not allow an earned run. Junior Dan Spring (Washington, D.C.) came on in the sixth and senior Bryant Romo (Arcadia, CA) (1-1) picked up the victory for the Bears as he held the Huskies scoreless over the last one and a third inning.
Senior catcher Greg Metzger (Trumbull, CT) was 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs to lead the Bears offensively. Sophomore second baseman Rob Deeb (West St. Paul, MN) also had a big day at the plate as he went 2 for 5 with a triple and three RBIs. Freshman Cameron Mitchell (Lincoln, RI) (Athens Drive HS/Raleigh, NC) was also 2 for 3 on the day for Brown.
In the bottom of the eighth inning with the score tied 5-5, Metzger got things going with a double to right center. Freshman Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ) followed with a sacrifice bunt to move Metzger to third base. After freshman Adam Royster (Bethesda, MD) struck out, Lynn ripped an RBI single through the left side to give the Bears a 6-5 advantage. Lynn stole second, and Deeb knocked him in with an RBI single to left center to extend Brown's lead to 7-5.
The Bears improved to a record of 9-12 with the victory and will return to action on Saturday, April 6 for a doubleheader at Pennsylvania beginning at noon.