COLUMBIA, S.C. – Senior Daniel Massey (Greensboro, N.C.) and freshman Robert Henry (Cranston, R.I.) recorded two hits apiece, but the Brown baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheader to top-ranked South Carolina, 13-0 and 8-0, in the season opener Saturday at Carolina Stadium.
Brown opens the season at 0-2 overall, while South Carolina remains undefeated at 14-0 to start the season.
In the first game, Jordan Montgomery allowed four hits in 5.1 innings of work to earn the win, while senior Anthony Galan (Watchung, N.J.) allowed seven earned runs with three strikeouts over 4.1 innings for the loss. Massey led the Bears offensively with a double, while juniors Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) and Dan Kerr (Westfield, N.J.) and Henry recorded one single apiece.
South Carolina opened up the scoring in the second with four runs on five hits for the early lead.
Brown threatened in the top of the fifth as Kerr opened the frame with a single to right and later moved to third when Massey hit a one-out double to right field, but Carolina escaped out of the inning without any damage.
The Gamecocks tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the fifth behind a sacrifice fly and a single to left, giving the home side the advantage, 6-0. After a five-run sixth inning, Carolina added one more tally in the eighth en route to the shutout victory.
In the second game, junior Dave St. Lawrence (Thompson, Conn.) allowed just four earned runs over seven innings of work. Juniors Nathan Mann (Winter Haven, Fla.) and Taylor Wright (Berwyn, Pa.) combined for the final inning of relief, while Jack Wynkoop limited the Bears to four hits over eight innings to earn the win.
After a scoreless three innings, DC Arendas put the Gamecocks on the board with a solo homer in the fourth. Carolina added three more runs over the next two innings, as Marcus Mooney hit a two-run triple in the fifth, followed by a sacrifice fly from Connor Bright in the sixth for the four-run advantage.
After South Carolina extended its lead with a four-run eighth inning, the Bears tested Taylor Widener with a pair of hits in the ninth, but the home side held on for the shutout.
Brown wraps up the three-game set with South Carolina on Sunday, March 9 at 12:30 p.m.