WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Senior J.J. Franco (New York, N.Y.) launched a three-run, go-ahead triple in the eighth inning to highlight an eight-run frame, as the Brown baseball team rallied past William & Mary, 16-15, on Monday afternoon at Plumeri Park.
Brown captured its second straight victory to move to 4-6 on the season, while the Tribe dropped to 16-7 overall.
Franco went 4-for-6 at the plate, and drove in three runs to go along with four runs scored. Franco is the toughest batter to strikeout among NCAA Division I batters so far this season, going 40 plate appearances without a strikeout through the first 10 games.
Freshman Joshua Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) drove in a team-high four runs on a pair of hits and also scored two runs. Senior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) and junior Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) recorded three hits and three RBIs apiece. Junior Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) and freshman Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) added three and two hits, respectively.
Junior Nathan Mann (Winter Haven, Fla.) earned the win in relief, allowing two runs in 2.2 innings, including a perfect ninth to seal the victory. Joseph Gaouette was handed the loss for William & Mary, giving up four runs out of the bullpen. As a team, Brown collected a season-high 19 hits.
The two teams went right to work offensively to start the game, as Brown opened with three runs in the first inning on a two-run double by Huntley and an RBI single from Massey to spot the visitors the early advantage.
After the Tribe answered with four runs in the bottom of the frame, the Bears came back with three more in the top of the second. Once again, Huntley singled down the left field line to drive in a pair, before Marcal singled up the middle to send in Massey, giving the Bears the two-run lead.
Brown tacked on another run in the top of the fourth when Sredojevic sent a single to center to push the visitors in front, 7-4. Nevertheless, William & Mary responded with three runs in the bottom of the fifth to even it all up at seven runs apiece.
Despite a solo home run from Massey in the top of the seventh, the Tribe scored six runs on six hits in the bottom of the inning to take a commanding 13-8 lead.
Faced with a five-run deficit, the Bears exploded for eight runs in the eighth to move back in front. After Sredojevic singled with the bases loaded, Massey and Marcal hit back-to-back doubles to pull the Bears within one run. From there, Wes Van Boom (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) walked and Tim McKeithan (Arden N.C.) reached on an error to load the bases with two outs, before Franco tripled to send all three runners across the plate. Franco later scored on a wild pitch as the Bears took the lead, 16-13.
William & Mary made it interesting with two runs in the bottom of the eighth, but Mann retired three straight batters in the ninth to halt an hope of a Tribe comeback and seal the win for the Bears.
Brown opens up a two-game set on Tuesday, March 25 when the Bears visit Richmond at 3 p.m.