Troy, AL – Brown kicked off a four-game series at Troy on Saturday afternoon, dropping a pair to the Trojans by scores of 9-2 and 6-3, the latter only decided when a late rally by the Bears came up just short. Junior catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NJ) led the way offensively for Brown, going a combined 3-7 at the plate, while adding an RBI and a pair of walks.
Troy struck early and often in the first game, getting at least one run across the plate in each of the first three innings while taking a 5-0 early lead. Brown answered back in the fourth with a pair of runs though, including a sacrifice fly from junior Josh Feit, who also had a double in the game.
From there on though, it was all Troy, as the Trojans scored the last four runs of the contest to finish with a 9-2 lead. Rookie Cody Slaughter enjoyed perhaps his best offensive game of the season, with a 3-4 performance, including a double.
In the rematch later in the afternoon, Troy again came out swinging, using a three-run second inning to take the early lead. Brown answered quickly in the top of the third though, as Graham Tyler led off the inning with a double, which was followed two batters later by an RBI double from Colantonio to cut the deficit to 3-1.
After the Trojans added one more in the bottom of the frame, both pitching staffs stepped up in the middle innings, as the only runs scored by either side were a pair by Troy in the sixth, giving the home team a 6-1 lead going into the final inning. In the top of the ninth, Brown mounted a comeback bid though, scoring a pair of runs before Troy was finally able to close out the game. The frame was highlighted by an RBI double from senior Chris Tanabe to cut Troy’s lead to 6-3. Brown was unable to come all the way back though, and the Trojans held on for the victory.
Brown will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when the Bears take on Troy for a third game at 1:00 p.m.