PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown baseball closed out its home schedule on Wednesday afternoon at Murray Stadium, taking on Marist in a doubleheader. The Bears could not overcome some impressive Red Fox pitching in game one, 6-0, and despite a late comeback in game two, the Bears fell, 4-2.
Marist (20-21) used four pitchers in game one, but the Red Foxes combined to hold Brown (9-35) to just two hits in the seven-inning affair. The game started as a pitching duel as sophomore Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) tossed four scoreless frames to start the game.
The Red Foxes stuck first, getting three runs in the fifth inning on four hits including a two-run single from shortstop Zack Shank. Marist would go on to tally three more runs in the top of the seventh as their pitching continued to stymie the Brown bats.
The Bears fell behind early in game two as the Red Foxes tallied two runs in the first inning and registered two more in the fourth to take a 4-0 lead.
Brown kept swinging however as sophomore Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) blasted his fifth home run of the season in the fifth inning to bring the Bears within three.
Bruno would close within two runs in the next frame as rookie Ross Julian (Dunsable, Mass.) came through with an RBI single which plated senior Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.), but Brown could get no closer as Marist pitcher Kevin McCarthy came in for the save.
Freshman pitcher Ed Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, Mass.) was strong out of the pen in game two, going 3.1 innings, allowing just two hits, a walk and no runs while striking out one.