March 26, 2007
Charleston, SC - After falling behind 7-2 in the fourth, the Brown baseball team (4-9) responded with four runs in the fifth, but it wasn't enough, as the Bears dropped the last of a four-game series with Charleston Southern (13-18), 7-6. Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) drove in four runs, three coming on a home run in the fifth, and four pitchers combined for five innings of scoreless relief for the Bears.
The Buccaneers opened with two runs in the first, but Brown tied it back up with runs in the second and third. Junior Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, NJ), who started at designated hitter, drove in sophomore shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) with a single to put Bruno on the board. Dietz followed in the third with his first RBI, as he brought junior left fielder J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) all the way around on a single.
In the bottom of the fourth, CSU appeared to break the game open, as they touched starter Rob Wilcox (Columbia, SC) for five runs by stringing together five hits, culminating in a three-run home run by catcher Stephen Herzog. That inning would prove to be Wilcox's last, as the freshman finished with three strikeouts, giving up six earned runs on nine hits and no walks.
The Bears answered back in the top of the fifth. Sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) led off, reaching on an error by the shortstop, then stealing second and advancing to third on a wild pitch. After an Eno walk, senior catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) singled to right, driving Daniels in. CSU changed pitchers, but Dietz took David Perkins' first pitch and drilled it over the fence, bringing the Bears within one. Perkins was able to settle down from there, retiring the next three hitters to end the rally.
The Brown bullpen did its part to keep the Bears in it, keeping the Bucs off the scoreboard the rest of the way. Senior Paul Costa (East Providence, RI) threw 1.2 hitless innings, followed by senior Anthony Vita (West Babylon, NY), who allowed one hit and struck out one in 1.1 innings in his season debut. Freshman Will Ellis (Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, FL) started the eighth, getting two outs before giving way to junior closer Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ), who got the final out. Unfortunately, the Bears could not get the tying run past second, taking the loss.
Each of the Bears' top five hitters scored at least a run, as number two hitter Eno scored twice and Daniels, Thomas, Dietz and Nuzzo all scored once.
With its series at Charleston Southern over, Brown will start a two-game series with another Charleston school, The Citadel, on Tuesday. That game, as well as Wednesday's will be at 6 p.m.