Brookline, Mass. – The Brown baseball team took an early 2-0 lead on the road at Northeastern on the strength of junior Cody Slaughter's (New Port Richey, Fla.) two-run home run, but the Huskies fought back to tie the game at three in the second inning, before taking the lead in the fifth and holding on for a victory over the Bears, 4-3.
The game was NU's home-opener and the second-straight year they played Bruno in a one-run game at Freidman Diamond to start their home slate. Last season Brown was victorious, 6-5.
Slaughter ended the day 1-for-4 with a run, two RBI on his first blast of the season and later added a walk, while senior shortstop Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) tallied Brown's (0-4) third RBI in the second inning on sacrifice fly to take a 3-0 advantage.
Northeastern (8-4) had a big second inning, plating three runs on four hits to tie up the game, and then found the eventual game-winner in the fifth on a sacrifice fly from Matt Miller.
NU catcher John Puttress went 3-for-3 in the game with two RBI, while starter Matt Cook went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out seven for his first win of the season.
Rookie pitcher Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) started for the Bears and struck out five in 4.0 innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits.
The Brown bullpen was solid in the game, as sophomore Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) and rookie Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) combined four scoreless innings. Galan struck out three in 2.2 innings, while Wright K'd one in 1.1. Neither walked a batter.
Brown heads south to New Orleans tomorrow and takes on Tulane in a three-game set this weekend.