Columbia, S.C. – The Bears dropped a pair of tough games to a powerful South Carolina squad, falling 8-4 and 10-7 to the Gamecocks in an afternoon doubleheader. In the latter game, Brown took an early 6-2 lead as the team looked for its second upset of the season after knocking off Pepperdine, but South Carolina came on strong in the later innings for a comeback win.
The home team was in control from the beginning in the early game, as South Carolina took a 7-2 lead after three innings, getting to Brown starter Mark Gormley quickly. The Bears struggled throughout the game to make consistent contact, picking up only four hits as a team, including two by sophomore Graham Tyler. Both Tyler and junior catcher Matt Colantonio each had two RBI’s as well, accounting for all four of Brown’s runs between them. Though Bruno tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth to edge back on South Carolina, Brown couldn’t find enough offense to come all the way back, falling by a final margin of 8-4.
In the second half of the doubleheader, the Bears quickly rediscovered their offensive rhythm, scoring six runs over the first four innings. The offensive outburst was highlighted by a pair of back-to-back extra base hits in the third. Junior Pete Greskoff doubled to deep center with two outs, followed by a two-run home run to right field from sophomore Mike DiBiase, the first home run of his career.
Though South Carolina picked up two runs of its own in the bottom of the frame, Brown answered back with three more in the top of the fourth, pushing the margin to 6-2. Converted pitcher Josh Feit showed his potential as a hitter, hammering a pitch over the wall in left field for another two-run home run before the Gamecocks could record an out. Colantonio then added another RBI on the day, hitting a one-out single later in the frame for Brown’s sixth run.
While Brown appeared poised for an upset win, South Carolina struck quickly to regain control of the game, putting up seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to take a 9-6 lead that would not be relinquished. Each side added one more run in the later innings, but the Bears were again unable to come all the way back, leaving with a 10-7 loss.
Brown will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when the Bears wrap up their series with South Carolina at 1:30 p.m.