March 11, 2007

#2 South Carolina Pulls Away From Bears Late, Completes Sweep, 9-4

March 11, 2007

Box Score

Columbia, SC - The third game between the Brown baseball team (1-6) and #2 South Carolina (13-2) proved to be the closest in the series. The Bears tied the game with a three-run seventh inning, but the Gamecocks scored four on a grand slam in the bottom of the inning and got another run in the eighth to take a 9-4 victory.

Sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) and senior tri-captain Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) both had two hits to lead the Bears. Daniels also scored two runs and had two stolen bases, while Thomas drove in a run and stole a base himself. Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) went seven innings on the mound, giving up eight runs on seven hits and three walks, striking out three. He also drove in three runs at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a sac fly to extend his hit streak to seven games.

After the Gamecocks took a 2-0 lead in the first on a two-RBI double by Preseason All-American Justin Smoak, Brown got one back in the third. Daniels led off with a single and stole second after a Brown strikeout. A single by Thomas moved him to third, and Dietz helped his own cause with a sacrifice fly to right. Thomas stole second during the next at-bat, but Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) struck out to end the inning.

South Carolina added single runs in the fifth and sixth to go up 4-1, but the Bears tied it up in the top of the seventh. Sophomore Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA), playing third base for the first time this season, led the inning off with a walk. Junior Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) followed with a single to left, and Daniels was hit by a pitch to load the bases with no outs. Junior Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT) struck out, followed by Thomas, whose sacrifice fly brought in Papenhause and moved Murphy to third. Daniels then stole second, allowing him to score with Murphy on a single to left-center by Dietz.

Unfortunately for the Bears, those would be their final runs of the game. In the bottom of the inning, senior Drew Martin pinch hit with the bases loaded, taking Dietz deep for a grand slam. South Carolina added one more in the eighth off of junior Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) for the final 9-4 score.

Brown will not play again until March 22, when they play Sacred Heart at Harbor Yards in Bridgeport, Conn., home of the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League. That will serve as a prelude to the Bears' Spring Break trip back to the state of South Carolina.