May 6, 2002
PROVIDENCE, RI - The Brown baseball team will play a one-game playoff at Harvard on Wednesday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m. to determine the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division champion.
The winner of the playoff will host the Princeton Tigers in the Ivy League championship series on Saturday and Sunday May 11-12 with the winner advancing to the NCAA Regionals on May 30-June 2.
Brown and Harvard finished tied atop the Rolfe Division standings at 13-7 after the Crimson split a doubleheader at Dartmouth on Sunday. Harvard won the right to host the playoff game because earlier this season the Crimson swept Princeton, the winner of the Lou Gehrig Division, while the Bears split with Princeton back on April 13.
All three teams ended the season with a 13-7 Ivy League mark, but both Brown and Harvard hold the tiebreaker edge over Princeton, which lost its final game of the Ivy season on Sunday 4-2 in 14 innings to the Cornell Big Red.
The Bears (25-22, 13-7 Ivy) broke the school record for wins this season with a doubleheader sweep at Yale on May 3. Brown had reached the previous mark of 23 wins in each of the last three seasons.
Brown and Harvard (17-22, 13-7 Ivy) split four games during the regular season. Three of the four games were decided by one run as the Bears picked up 6-5 and 3-2 wins while falling 4-2 and 13-12. Wednesday's game will mark the fifth meeting between the teams this season.