COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Rookie Garett Delano (Callahan, Fla.) recorded three hits, but the Brown baseball team fell to No. 12 Texas A&M, 6-4, in the series opener Friday night at Blue Bell Park.
Brown (0-4) racked up 12 hits by means of eight different players, while Texas A&M also posted 12 hits to improve to 12-3 on the season.
Delano went 3-for-4 and drove in a pair of runs with his first career home run. Fellow rookie Rich Ciufo (Medford, N.Y.) and junior Sam Grigo (Westbrook, Conn.) had two hits apiece. Logan Foster led the Aggies with three hits, one homer and two runs scored.
Senior Christian Taugner (Roselle, Ill.) took the loss with five earned runs in six innings, all over the first two frames, to go along with three strikeouts. Freshman Will Tomlinson (Irvine, Calif.) and senior Samuel Hauser (New York, N.Y.) provided back-to-back scoreless innings in relief. Brigham Hill allowed four runs over five innings in the win for the Aggies.
Brown jumped out to an early lead as Rob Henry (Cranston, R.I.) hit a leadoff double to left center and then advanced to third on a groundout, before Grigo drove home the first run of the game with a single up the middle, touching up Hill for his first allowed run of the season.
Texas A&M evened the score in the bottom half of the frame when Foster hit a solo shot to right center. The Aggies carried over their momentum into the second inning, scoring five runs on six hits for the 6-1 advantage.
Brown responded in the top of the fourth when Mark Sluys (Gig Harbor, Wash.) drew a walk and Delano followed with a two-out homer to left field. Willy Homza (Anchorage, Alaska) added a two-out RBI single in the top of the sixth to pull the Bears within two, 6-4.
Brown continued to put the pressure on the Aggies as the Bears threatened with baserunners over the final three innings, but the home bullpen managed to preserve the two-run lead, as Landon Miner closed the door in the ninth to secure the win.
The two teams will meet in game two of the series tomorrow at 3:05 PM EST.
Photo Credit: Thomas Campbell/Texas A&M Athletics