AUBURN, ALABAMA - The Brown baseball team (1-6) fell by a score of 6-3 to Auburn (12-3) in the final game of a three-game series versus the Tigers.
The Tigers knocked in two runs in the second inning to take the lead, and then tacked on an additional three runs in the fifth inning. The Bears countered in the seventh inning however, when sophomore Will Marcal (Lexington, MA) singled up the middle and junior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, NC) singled to right center to score Brown's first run.
Auburn added another two runs to its tally in the bottom of the seventh, but Brown continued to fight and scored two runs in the ninth. Junior Wes Van Boom (Trabuco, CA) singled to left field to start the inning, and Massey and junior Nate Kukowski (Brentwood, TN) followed suit, each hitting a single to load the bases. Freshman Jake Levine (Newton, MA) singled to second base to bring in Brown's second run, and senior John Sheridan (Palo Alto, CA) hit a sacrifice fly to bring in the third.
The Bears totaled ten hits in comparison with Auburn's six, but struggled to convert them into runs. Marcal had an impressive outing for the Bears, batting 3-for-4 and scoring a run. Kukowski, who went 2-for-3 and drew a walk, and Massey, who tallied two hits and an RBI, were also key contributors to Brown's offense. Sheridan, Van Boom, and junior Matt DeRenzi (Mendham, NJ) all singled for the Bears as well.
Senior Kevin Carlow (Mystic, CT) received the loss for the Bears, pitching five innings and allowing four runs on five hits and three walks, while striking out three. Senior Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, TX), freshman Austin French (Orange, CT), junior Lucas Whitehill (Manhattan Beach, CA) and freshman Kevin Guthrie (Sarasota, FL) all made contributions on the mound for the Bears.
The Brown baseball team will take a weekend off before traveling to Washington for a four-game series versus Washington State from March 23rd-25th and two games at Gonzaga on March 26th. The Bears will begin Ivy League play on March 30th with a doubleheader at Cornell.