After a bumpy start to his freshman season, Tyler Brown recovered in a big way Tuesday night.
Georgia Regents used a solid all-around game backed by Brown’s pitching to beat Paine 9-2 at Lake Olmstead Stadium.
Brown threw six scoreless innings on three hits for his first career college win.
The freshman from Statesboro, Ga., was efficient throughout, striking out four while not allowing a walk.
The right-hander also kept the ball on the ground, inducing nine groundball outs.
Coach Jason Eller said Brown had a good fall, sporting a hard, moving fastball and tight breaking ball. But he struggled as the season began, allowing seven earned and 14 total runs in eight innings in his first four appearances.
Brown’s firm fastball returned Tuesday, and he baffled Paine’s hitters with a late-breaking curveball.
“It just didn’t have the same life as the fastball had in the fall,” Eller said. “All of a sudden, he comes out tonight and it’s very firm. I was very impressed. It’s nice to pick him back up and count on him.”
Along with strong pitching and hitting, the Jaguars played reliable defense, which helped Brown’s ground ball tendencies.
“My team played great defense tonight,” Brown said. “A key part of pitching is trusting your defense and trust what they do behind you. They showed up tonight, and we played great and came together.”
Georgia Regents (8-11) scored five runs in the second inning, batting around after two-run singles by
JD Sabo and Ryan Khan and an RBI single by Chase Lloyd.
They added two runs in the sixth on an RBI double by Tyler Roberts and a wild pitch, and two more in
the seventh on a triple by Lloyd and single by Zach Murray.
Sabo went 2 for 4 with a walk, two RBI and two stolen bases. Lloyd added two hits and two RBI, while Murray, Ross Miles and Bradley Dennis each had two hits.
Paine’s Cordale Duncan went 2 for 3 with an RBI. Leadoff hitter Jonathan Richey went 2 for 4 for the Lions (3-11).