GREENSBORO, NC – Senior Josiah Brazier got his first career start on the mound Thursday against Roanoke College at Guilford College. It took a bit for him to settle in, giving up six runs in the early going, but managed to quiet the Roanoke bats long enough for the Presque Isle bats to come alive.
With two outs in the sixth, the Owls took advantage of two walks and an error to load the bases. Alex Csiernik drew a walk to drive in the first run of the game, and freshman Mitch Thayer hit a hard single to drive in two, cutting the Roanoke lead in half.
After another shut out inning from Brazier, the Owls continued their rally in the top of the seventh. With one out Justin Bergeron singled, and Brazier walked. With two outs Cam Morrell drove in Bergeron with a single, setting the table for sophomore Adam Begos, who hit a ringing double to drive in two and tie the game up.
Brazier took the mound again in the seventh and looked to be rolling, quickly getting the first two outs. Will Decker broke that up with a double, and Jacob Clifton capped his big day with his second homerun of the day, giving Roanoke a lead they would not surrender.
"Josiah really proved himself today," said Coach Pankow, "he is a guy that hasn't been looked on to contribute on the mound much at all in the past, but wanted to step up this year. It took him a while to settle in, but when he did, he was quite effective and gave us a chance to win a game. Although he took the loss today, he stepped up in a big way. The team as a whole did a great job of sticking with it when we struggled early with the bats, stuck with it and rallied. Unfortunately it came up short today, but they showed the type of character and fortitude it takes to be successful in tough spots."