Bears Edged by UConn 8-6
May 8, 2002
STORRS, CT - The Brown baseball team fell 8-6 to the University of Connecticut Huskies at J.O. Christian Field on Tuesday afternoon.
The Bears (25-23, 13-7 Ivy) jumped out to an early 4-0 lead after only two and a half innings of play thanks to a sacrifice fly from senior Greg Metzger (Trumbull, CT) and an RBI double off the bat of sophomore Rob Deeb (West St. Paul, MN).
However, the Huskies answered with two runs in the bottom of the third and added another in the fourth to cut Brown's lead to 4-3 after four full innings. Brown kept the lead through six and a half innings until the Huskies plated two runs in the seventh and three more in the bottom of the eighth to move out in front 8-4.
Brown fought back with two runs in the top of the ninth inning to make the final count 8-6 in favor of UConn.
Deeb went two-for-four with an RBI double and sophomore Matt Kutler (Omaha, NE) went two-for-five with two singles. Freshman Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ) also added a double for the Bears.
Junior Justin Lebowitz (Aberdeen, NJ) started on the hill for the Bears and went six and two-thirds innings. Lebowitz (0-1) allowed only four earned runs on nine hits while striking out five. Freshman Eli Friedman (Pittsburgh, PA) and senior Bryant Romo (Arcadia, CA) came on in relief during the final two innings.
The Bears return to action for a one-game Red Rolfe Division playoff against the Harvard Crimson in Cambridge, MA on Wednesday afternoon beginning at 3 p.m. The winner of the game will host Princeton in the Ivy League championship series on Saturday and Sunday May 11-12.