Bears Fall at FIU in Series Finale, 8-3

Miami, Fla. – Junior starter Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.) went 5.0 innings for Brown, allowing just two earned runs and five hits, while striking out three, but FIU was able to take advantage of him leaving the game, scoring three runs as soon as he exited on their way to a 8-3 win over the Bears. FIU improves to 4-5 on the year, while the Bears fall to 0-3 after their opening series of the season.

FIU took an early 1-0 lead on a home run in the bottom of the first inning by second baseman T.J. Shantz. The Bears came back in the third with a run of their own, but the Panthers went on to score at least one run in three of the next four innings, including three in the sixth, to take a commanding 6-1 lead.

The FIU lead expanded to seven after the eight innings, but the Bears refused to quit, plating two runs in the top of the ninth but the comeback would be too little, too late as Brown was topped, 8-3.

Junior first baseman Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) and rookie right fielder Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) both went 2-for-3, accounting for four of Brown's six hits.

Marcal followed back-to-back singles in the third inning by senior Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) and Slaughter with a double to left center which put Brown on the board and tied the game up at one.

After two solid innings, Carlow went on to shutout the Panthers in the third and then give up lone runs in the fourth and fifth before exiting, trailing 3-1.

The Brown bullpen could not keep the deficit at two however as FIU pounced on the relief pitching, plating three runs in the sixth inning.

FIU added two more in the eighth to increase their lead to 8-1, but Brown refused to quit, plating an unearned run on a wild pitch and a second on an RBI single from junior John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.), before the Panthers' John Costa was able to record the final out of the game.

The Bears return to action on March 16, 17 and 18 with a three-game set at Tulane.