FAIRFAX, Va. – Sophomore Kevin Guthrie (Sarasota, Fla.) led the way with three hits and the Bears made a late charge with a run in the ninth, but the Brown baseball team fell at George Mason, 5-2, Saturday afternoon at Spuhler Field.
Brown moves to 1-4 on the season after taking the opening game of the series on Friday, while George Mason improves to 10-7 overall.
Junior Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) allowed four runs on seven hits in five innings of work for the loss, but also added seven strikeouts, while Jared Gaynor limited the Bears to one run in 8.2 innings to earn the win.
In addition to Guthrie, junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) and sophomore Cam Wilkie (Mississauga, Ontario) drove in one run apiece, while junior Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) collected a pair of hits.
After four scoreless frames, the Patriots opened up the scoring in the bottom of the fifth, using three hits to score four runs. Luke Willis hit an RBI triple to left center, before Blaise Fernandez and Tucker Tobin blasted back-to-back home runs to lift the home side on top, 4-0.
George Mason tacked on another tally in the bottom of the sixth when Fernandez drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to give the Patriots the five-run advantage.
Brown struck back in the top of the eighth as Kerr singled to right field to send in freshman Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) and cut the lead to four, 5-1.
The Bears made a final attempt in the ninth as Guthrie and Marcal hit a pair of singles to put two men on with two outs. From there, Wilkie hit a pitch-hit single to drive in Guthrie and trim the lead to three, but the Patriots escaped without any more damage to seal the win.
The Bears return to action on Sunday for the third and final game of the series against George Mason at 1 p.m.