Brown’s first inning grand slam gets the Friars started

Archbishop Curley scored four runs in the top of the first inning, but needed single runs in the fourth and seventh to claim a 6-4 win over host St. Mary’s in the MIAA A Conference baseball opener for both schools, Monday in Annapolis.

Nick Brown drilled a first inning grand slam for the Friars of St. Mary’s ace Stephen Pelli and finished the game with two hits, one run scored and four RBI.

Tyler Locklear added two hits, including a double, and two runs scored and Jalen March also had two base hits for Curley (4-1 overall).

Leading 5-4 in the top of the seventh, senior Paul Nixon drilled an RBI single to plate an insurance run for Curley and closer Corey Burton did the rest. Burton was nearly flawless in two innings of relief, allowing no hits, one walk and striking out four.

Nixon made the start and pitched five innings for the win. He allowed five hits and all four St. Mary’s (3-2 overall) runs, but nothing after the second. He struck out nine Saints.

Pelli took the loss, pitching five innings and allowing five runs (four earned). He struck out seven and walked three.

Pictured above: Curley’s Nick Brown, a Towson University commit, hit a first inning grand slam to spark the Friars.