PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was all Brown in the Bears' home-opener at Murray Stadium on Thursday afternoon as Bruno used 21 hits to blow by Maine, 22-4. The Black Bears held a 4-2 lead after the top of the third inning but Brown used four frames with three-plus runs and some solid pitching from junior Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) to shut down Maine and outscore the Black Bears 17-0 in the final six innings.
Mayo overcame the early runs and shut out Maine for five-straight frames, going 8.0 strong innings, giving up just three earned runs for his and Brown's first win of the season.
The Bears (1-7) actually trailed early in the game as Maine (6-12) worked their way out to a 4-2 lead in the top of the third inning, but Brown responded quickly, getting to the Black Bear pitching in a big way.
Rookie third baseman Nick Fornaca's (San Diego, Calif.) two-RBI double to the left-center gap gave Brown a 5-4 lead, an advantage they would not relinquish. Fornaca ended the day 4-for-4 with a run and four RBI, getting another two-RBI hit with a triple in the fourth.
Brown kept the runs coming in the fourth as Slaughter's bomb opened the floodgates. The Bears would tally five runs in the fourth, one in the fifth, three in the seventh and then eight runs in the eighth inning.
Senior captain and shortstop Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) went 3-for-4 on the day with four runs and two walks, while Slaughter and Van Boom each finished 3-for-6 and five RBI.
The Bears are back in action this weekend as they kick off an eight-game California road-trip with a doubleheader at Pacific on Saturday, March 24 at 4 p.m., EST.
Brown's next home game is on Wednesday, April 4, when they take on Sienna in a doubleheader at 2 p.m.