FAIRFAX, Va. – Senior Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) tossed seven scoreless innings and senior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) drove in three runs as the Brown baseball team downed George Mason, 6-3, to open a three-game series Friday afternoon at Spuhler Field.
Brown racked up 13 hits and moved to 1-3 on the season, while George Mason dropped to 9-7 overall.
Whitehill threw seven scoreless innings, and allowed just three hits to go along with seven strikeouts to pick up the win in his first start of the season. Anthony Montefusco allowed three runs over six innings for the Patriots to take the loss.
Massey drove in three runs on two hits, while senior J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) led the way with three hits and junior Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) drove in a pair of runs. Junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) and freshmen Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) and Joshua Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) also posted multi-hit games.
Brown jumped out to an early lead with three runs on four hits in the first inning. After Franco, Kerr and Huntley reeled off three straight singles to load the bases, Marcal drew a one-out walk to score the first run of the game. From there, Massey singled through the left and Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) drove in Huntley on a ground out to second to give the Bears the lead, 3-0
After Whitehill kept the opposition silent over seven innings, the Patriots rebounded with a pair of runs on four hits in the bottom of the eighth to trim the deficit to one, 3-2.
Nevertheless, the Bears answered right back with three more runs in the top of the ninth. With the bases loaded, Henry crossed the plate after Marcal was hit by a pitch, before Massey hit a single to right field to drive in two more runs and give the visitors the four-run lead.
George Mason made a final attempt with a run in the bottom of the ninth, but Nathan Mann (Winter Haven, Fla.) denied any hope of a comeback to seal the victory.
Brown returns to action on Saturday when they take on George Mason in the second game of the series at 2 p.m.