March 4, 2007
Statesboro, GA - Six errors leading to six unearned runs proved to be the difference in the final game of the Georgia Southern Eagle Invitational, as the Brown baseball team (1-3) fell to Kennesaw State (6-6), 11-6. The Owls scored runs in every inning but the fifth and seventh, including five runs in the final two frames to seal the victory.
Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) got the start on the mound, throwing five innings after tossing two innings of relief Saturday evening. He allowed just two earned runs on 11 hits, striking out four and allowing no walks. He gave way to freshman Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA), who went 2.2 innings in his collegiate debut, allowing two earned runs on three hits and two walks, striking out three. Junior Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) worked the final 1.1, giving up one earned on three hits and one walk, striking out two.
After rapping 30 hits in two games on Saturday, the Bears managed seven on Sunday. Junior left fielder Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) and senior second baseman Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) each had two hits and an RBI, with Murphy scoring twice and Tews once. Dietz helped himself by going 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.
After the Owls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, the Bears fired right back for three in the bottom of the inning. Sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) led off with a single, then stole second. A Murphy walk and Tews single loaded the bases, and two batters later Dietz walked to bring home Daniels. Sophomore Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) reached on an error by the third baseman, which allowed Murphy and Tews to cross the plate. Although Nuzzo was able to steal second to put runners on second and third with one out, the Bears were unable to bring them plateward.
Kennesaw State was able to spread four runs over the next five innings before the Bears struck again in the bottom of the sixth. Freshman Chris Tanabe (Jupiter, FL) pinch hit to lead off and walked, as did sophomore shortstop Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) behind him. Junior Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT) pinch hit and hit into a fielder's choice, then Daniels was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Murphy hit to the second baseman, whose throwing error allowed all the runners to move up one base for one run, and Tews hit into a fielders' choice to bring a second run home. Catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) was intentionally walked to load the bases for Dietz, but the junior struck out to end the rally.
After the Owls tacked on two in the eighth and three in the ninth, Dietz was able to bring Tews home for the final RBI, but that would be all the scoring for Brown.
With their season-opening weekend in the books, the Bears turn their attention to next weekend's series with #4 South Carolina. The Gamecocks feature Baseball America Preseason All-American Justin Smoak at first base, and are currently 10-1.