Troy Uses Big Eighth Inning to Win 11-2 Over Brown

Troy, AL – Brown lost its third game to Troy on Sunday afternoon, as the Trojans used an eight-run eighth inning to blow open a previously tight 3-2 game, eventually taking an 11-2 win over Bruno.  The Bears held a 2-1 lead for the first four innings behind an impressive outing by rookie starter Kevin Carlow, but Brown couldn’t hold off the late charge for Troy’s offense.

After the Trojans scored the initial run of the game, taking a 1-0 lead in the first inning, Brown answered back with a pair of its own in the second.  In the top of the frame, the first two Brown batters reached base, followed by a bases-clearing two-run double from sophomore Mike DiBiase to give the Bears a 2-1 lead.

From there, it was all Carlow for several frames, as the freshmen went 5.2 innings and allowed just three runs, only one of them earned, while striking out five.  The charged loss was the first of the season for Carlow, who previously had been the pitcher of record in both of Brown’s wins to date.

A pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the fifth gave Troy a 3-2 lead, which held up going into the bottom of the eighth, as it appeared Brown would have a chance to steal a victory in the ninth.  The Trojans quickly dispelled that thought though, putting together a big eighth inning to effectively seal the game.  Though Troy had no extra base hits in the frame, the home squad was able to string together a number of baserunners en route to the eight runs.  Brown had one last chance for a comeback in the ninth, but the deficit proved too large, and Troy held on for an 11-2 win.

Brown and Troy will wrap up their four-game series tomorrow afternoon, when the teams meet for the final time at 3:00 p.m.