MOBILE, Ala. – Junior Kevin Guthrie racked up four hits and drove in three runs, but the Brown baseball team dropped its season opener at South Alabama, 9-7, to kick off a four-game series Friday evening at Stanky Field.
Brown moved to 0-1 on the season but totaled 13 hits as a team, while South Alabama improved to 6-3 on the season.
Guthrie went 4-for-5 at the plate, including a home run and a double and also scored two runs. Senior Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and junior Noah Shulman (Merrick, N.Y.) posted two hits apiece, while sophomore Marc Sredojevic (Mendham, N.J.) drove in a pair of runs.
Senior Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) allowed seven earned runs over 4.1 innings with five strikeouts in a loss, while Mike Dolloff earned the win for the Jaguars in relief.
Brown went right to work in the first inning as sophomore Joshua Huntley (Aurora, Colo.) drove in Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) with a sacrifice fly to left center. The Bears tacked on another run in the second when Guthrie launched a home run over the left field fence to give the visitors a 2-0 advantage.
South Alabama responded with two runs on a pair of hits in the bottom of the third to even up the game at 2-2.
The Bears answered back in the top of the fourth as rookie Brian Ginsberg (Calabasas, Calif.) hit an RBI single to left center to move out in front by one run. Brown added two more runs in the fifth, when Guthrie doubled down the left field line to send in Marcal and Sredojevic for the 5-2 lead.
Nevertheless, South Alabama roared back in the bottom half of the frame with five runs on five hits, and then added two more runs in the bottom of the sixth for the 9-5 lead.
Brown made it interesting with two runs in the bottom of the ninth, as Sredojevic hit a single up the middle to drive in a pair of runs and cut the lead to two, but Shane McKinley came in from the bullpen to get the final two outs and seal the victory.
Brown continues the four-game series on Saturday when they play game one of a doubleheader against the Jaguars at 2 p.m.