PULLMAN, Wash. – The Brown University baseball team jumped out to an early lead and benefited from strong relief pitching down the stretch, but it was not enough to hold on for the victory as the Bears fell to Washington State, 8-2, in the first of a four-game set Friday evening at Bailey-Brayton Field.
Brown dipped to 1-7 overall to kick off an eight-game road trip, while the Cougars improved to 12-8 on the season.
Junior Nate Kukowski (Brentwood, Tenn.) went 2-for-4 at the plate for the Bears, while junior Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) took the loss as the starter, allowing five earned runs over three innings of work. Senior Will Lacker (Brookline, Mass.) provided five innings of relief, giving up one earned run with a pair of strikeouts. Juniors Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) and Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) drove in one run apiece.
Brown got off to a quick start with a pair of runs in the top of the opening frame. Senior John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) led off the inning with a single through the left side before sophomore Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) reached one batter later on a single down the right field line. After Van Boom followed with a single to drive in Sheridan for the first run of the game, Massey picked up an RBI on a sacrifice fly to give the visitors an early 2-0 lead.
The Cougars answered right back in the bottom half of the first, using five hits to push across four runs for the 4-2 advantage.
Washington State struck again in the third inning with three more runs as Nick Tanielu started it off by scoring on a wild pitch. P.J. Jones followed with an RBI single to short and Brett Jacobs added a sacrifice fly to push the home side on top, 7-2.
The score remained unchanged over the next four innings until the Cougars added a final run in the eighth to seal the victory. In the end, Brown outhit the Cougars by an 8-7 margin.
The Bears continue the four-game series on Saturday, March 23 when they take on the Cougars at 5p.m. ET.