Miami, Fla. – For the second-straight game the Brown baseball team was right with the FIU Panthers, but in the end it was the home team who was able to come away with a one run victory. Brown also scored two runs in the first inning for the second-straight game but FIU came back to take a 4-3 lead in the fifth. The Bears got two runners on base in the ninth inning, but the Panthers' closer was able to shut the door on the FIU win.
FIU improves to 3-5 on the season while Brown falls to 0-2. The Bears and Panthers will wrap up the three-game series tomorrow afternoon at 12:30 p.m.
Senior Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) had a big night for the Bears, going 1-for-4 with his first home run of the season, a two-run blast to centerfield, while rookie relieve Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) chipped in 3.2 scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out one.
The Brown offense came out strong for the second game in a row as DiBiase clobbered a pitch over the centerfield fence in the first inning, to put the Bears up 2-0.
Bruno would extend the lead three in the top of the third. After the Bears loaded the bases, junior John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) got on with a fielder's choice which allowed DiBiase to score and put Brown up, 3-0.
The FIU bats began to wake up in the bottom half of the third as last night's hero Adam Kirsch delivered with a two-RBI double to cut the Brown lead to just one.
The Panthers would score in each of the next two innings, both on sacrifice flys, to go ahead, 4-3.
The Brown lineup was limited by superb relief pitching by FIU as Eddy Pidermann and Michael Gomez combined to go 4.0 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits, with six strikeouts and one walk.
With one last chance in the top of the ninth, senior captain Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) led off the inning with a single to left and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Junior Cody Slaughter (New Port Richey, Fla.) was able to draw a walk to put two on with just one out for the Bears, but Gomez struck out the next two batters to register his third save of the season.