Brown (5-1) scattered seven hits while allowing two runs in six innings for the Dolphins (12-5) in the win. Freshman Cecile Gomez held the Spartans (9-7) scoreless in the final 1.2 innings for her second save of the season.
"This was total team effort in getting this big win," JU head coach Ali Higgs said. "Everyone did their part to set up this victory. I look foward to us carrying this effort over into our second game tonight."
Senior Sarah Simon drove in three of the five JU runs, while freshman Emily Sanchez had three hits. Simon, junior Karson Tuck and freshman Sable Lee all recorded two hits.
Michigan State got three hits from Alyssa McBride and Sara Bowling finished 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI in the loss. Dani Goranson (2-4) took the loss after allowing three runs on six hits in 2.1 innings of work.
With two outs in the bottom of the first inning, Sanchez singled off of Goranson to keep the inning alive. Simon followed with a home run to right field for the early 2-0 advantage.
The Dolphins extended the lead to 3-0 in the third inning on an RBI single by Tuck to score sophomore Jackie DiPiazza.
Bowling had a solo home run to get the Spartans on the board in the fourth inning, but Sanchez answered with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning to score Lee for the 4-1 lead.
In the top of the sixth inning, Kylene Hopkins led off with a single and McKinzie Freimuth walked to start the frame. Bowling followed with a single to score Hopkins and move Freimuth to third. Gomez relieved Brown and retired to the next hitters to get out of the jam.
Simon added a two-out single in the bottom of the sixth inning, while Gomez stranded two runners on base in the seventh inning to secure the JU win.
The Dolphins end the evening against host FAU at 8 p.m. Fans can follow the action through live stats at JUDolphins.com.