March 26, 2009
Los Angeles, CA - Playing for the fifth consecutive day, the Bears dropped a pair against USC on Wednesday evening, losing the opener 7-4 before falling 5-1 to the Trojans in the rematch. Senior Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) had a solid day at the plate, going two-for-seven over the two games, and adding a run, a walk, and an RBI. With the losses, Brown falls to 3-10 on the season, while USC improves to 10-10 overall.
Riding the momentum from a big win over Pepperdine on Tuesday, the Bears came out strong in the opener. A pair of RBI doubles from Papenhause in the second, and senior Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, N.J.) in the third highlighted the scoring for Bruno. Behind a terrific start from junior Rob Wilcox (Columbia, S.C.), who pitched seven innings and allowed just two runs, Brown surged to a narrow 3-2 lead in the top of the eighth.
However, sophomore Matt Kimball (Nashville, TN) entered the game in the bottom of the frame, and gave up five runs, allowing the Trojans to regain the lead. Brown showed some life in the ninth, as sophomore Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) hit a solo home run with one out to close the gap to three runs, but the Bears couldn't complete the comeback, and USC held on for a 7-4 win.
Pitching was again important in the second game, as USC senior Anthony Vasquez pitched a no-hitter through 5 1/3 innings before junior Chris Tanabe (Jupiter, FL) was able to push a single through the left side. That hit scored Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI), who had reached on a walk and stolen second, and marked the only run the Bears would manage in the game. Brown also got efficient pitching from several players, most notably starter Will Weidig (Katy, TX), who threw two innings and gave up one run. Kimball also appeared again, throwing a perfect eighth inning.
The Bears will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Ithaca, N.Y. to start the Ivy League schedule with a doubleheader against Cornell.