Brown racks up 5 Ks, earns first college win at Holy Cross

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Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Mar 6, 2023

Summoned from the bullpen, Holy Cross relief pitcher Oliver Brown of Anchorage shut down Penn State and picked up the win as the Crusaders won 11-5 in Cary, North Carolina.

Brown pitched three innings and struck out five of the 15 batters he faced, ending the fourth, fifth and sixth innings with Ks.

The freshman right-hander earned his first winning decision in his third appearance on the young NCAA Division I season.

Brown entered the game in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and two outs. He got out of the jam on four pitches, ending with a swinging strikeout.

He got out of a two-on, one-out jam in the fifth inning with back-to-back strikeouts. He gave up a run in the sixth but ended the inning with another K.

Brown set season highs with innings and strikeouts, and has lowered his ERA from 16.20 to 6.35 after a disastrous debut.

He also got his first base hit last month against VMI, smacking a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning of a 12-3 win.