Columbia, S.C. – Brown lost its third game to South Carolina in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday afternoon, as the Gamecocks took a 6-5 win in ten innings after a rally by the Bears in the top of the ninth forced extra innings. Junior Pete Greskoff led the way for Brown offensively, tallying a big two-run home run in the sixth inning, cutting the South Carolina to 3-2 at the time.
Brown starter Rob Wilcox turned in a solid performance for Bruno, throwing 6.1 frames against the powerful bats of the Gamecocks, and allowing just four earned runs to keep the Bears in the game. After South Carolina jumped out to a 3-0 lead early on, the Bears answered back in the sixth with Greskoff’s home run.
In the top of the seventh, Brown took its only lead of the game, scoring two more runs to go up 4-3 in pursuit of the upset. Senior Chris Tanabe had the big hit of the inning for Bruno, knocking in an RBI single, as the other Brown run scored on a wild pitch. South Carolina answered back quickly in the bottom of the frame though, picking up two runs of its own to go up 5-4 and regain control of the game.
The Bears rallied once more in the ninth though, playing small ball in an attempt to manufacture a run, which paid off with Ryan Zrenda’s RBI single to tie the game. Junior Matt Kimball then breezed through South Carolina’s lineup in the bottom of the frame, holding the score at 5-5 and pushing the game into the 10th. Once there though, the Gamecocks were finally able to put away the persistent Bears, scoring in the bottom of the inning to seal a 6-5 walkoff win over the visitors.