March 26, 2013

Baseball Edged by Washington State, 3-1

PULLMAN, Wash. – The Brown baseball team shutout Washington State through the first five innings behind the arm of senior Kevin Carlow (Mystic, Conn.), but could not hold off the Cougars as the Bears fell, 3-1, in the series finale Monday evening at Baily-Brayton Field. 

The Bears dropped to 1-10 on the season, while Cougars improved to 15-8 after the series sweep.

In a game highlighted by solid pitching on both sides, Brown starter Carlow put up an impressive showing on the mound for the Bears, allowing just one run and four hits over six innings to go with seven strikeouts. Kellen Camus earned the win for the Cougars by tossing three innings of one-hit ball to close out the game, while sophomore Eddie Fitzpatrick (North Attleboro, Mass.) took the loss for the Bears in relief.

Junior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) went 3-for-4 at the plate to pace the Brown offense, while Nate Kukowski (Brentwood, Tenn.) also added a pair of hits.

The teams went scoreless over the first five innings of the contest as Carlow set the tone early by striking out the side in the opening frame. After threatening on several occasions with four hits over the first five innings, the Bears broke through in the sixth when sophomore Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) worked a two-walk. Marcal advanced to second on a single by Kukowski and then crossed the plate when freshman Kevin Guthrie (Sarasota, Fla.) singled to center to give the visitors the 1-0 lead.

Washington State responded in the bottom of the sixth on an RBI double by Nick Tanielu to even the score at 1-1.

The Cougars struck again the next inning when Colin Slaybaugh smacked a two-out single to left center to move out in front, 2-1. Washington State added another run in the eighth frame on the bat of JJ Anderson to give the home side the two-run advantage before closing it out in the ninth for the win.

The Bears continue their six-game West Coast road swing with a doubleheader on Tuesday, March 26, against Gonzaga at 6 p.m., EST.