AUBURN, ALABAMA - The Brown baseball team (1-4) fell to Auburn (10-3) tonight by a final score of 9-4. The game was the first of a three-game away series against the Tigers.
"We are not going to win many games when we commit five errors," said head coach Marek Drabinski, "especially against a good team like Auburn. Seven unearned runs will not get you many wins. I thought we swung the bats very well, but our defense let us down tonight."
Auburn took an early lead, scoring a run in the first inning on a triple from Jackson Burgreen and an RBI double from Ryan Tella. The team extended its lead in the second inning, scoring an additional two runs on three hits and one error.
Brown responded in the third inning however, when junior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, NC) hit a solo homerun down the right field line to narrow Auburn's advantage to two. The Bears made up the difference late in the game, scoring another two runs in the top of the sixth to tie the score, 3-3. Senior Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, FL) walked to start off the inning, and that was followed by a RBI double to left center from junior Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, CA). Sophomore Nick Fornaca (San Diego, CA) then singled to right center to bring Van Boom in to the plate.
Brown carried its momentum into the next inning, briefly taking the lead in the top of the seventh. Junior J.J. Franco (New York, NY) singled to left field, and sophomore Will Marcal (Lexington, MA) followed that up with a single to center. Van Boom then hit his second RBI double of the game to score Franco. Auburn retaliated immediately, however, with a massive seventh inning during which they scored six runs on three hits, including a homerun from Jordan Ebert, and one error. Neither team would score in the final two innings, giving the Tigers the 9-4 win over the Bears
Brown had a strong showing at the plate, totaling twelve hits in comparison to Auburn's nine, and batting .333 as a team, but struggled to convert those hits into enough runs. Van Boom had an excellent outing for the Bears, going 2-for-4 with two RBI doubles and a run. Massey also went 2-for-4 and hit Brown's first homerun of the season. Foranca, Marcal, and Franco all tallied two hits for the Bears, and senior John Sheridan (Palo Alto, CA) and Slaughter each singled.
Junior Anthony Galan (Watchung, NJ) made his second start of the season against the Tigers, pitching six solid innings for the Bears and only allowing three earned runs on six hits and one walk. Freshman Austin French (Orange, CT), who relieved Galan in the seventh, received the loss for the Bears. Sophomore Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, MA) and sophomore Chris Smith (Colleyville, TX) also made appearances on the mound for the Bears.
Brown will take on Auburn again tomorrow, March 9th, at 5:00 pm CT in the second game of the three-day series.