March 10, 2007
Columbia, SC - The members of the Brown baseball team (1-4) can take solace in playing even baseball for six innings on Friday night with #2 South Carolina (13-2). However, in terms of the final score, two six-run rallies by the host Gamecocks put the game out of reach, as the Bears lost, 13-1.
South Carolina's big innings came in the first and eighth, bookending an otherwise-even game. In the first, the Gamecocks were able to score a run and put runners on first and second with no outs without even recording a hit, then started driving the ball, sending six runners across on four hits, two errors, a hit batter, a wild pitch, and two walks.
The Bears were able to plate one run in the top of the second. Senior catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) led off the frame with a single to center, followed by a single to left from junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL). Thomas and Dietz later advanced on a wild pitch, and the former scored when junior left fielder Ryan Murphy (Hillsborough, CA) reached thanks to a fielding error.
Starting pitcher James Cramphin (Simsbury, CT) also settled down in the second, allowing just one more run in five more innings of work, giving up three more hits and two more walks. For the game, he went six innings, allowing seven runs, five earned, giving up six hits and four walks while striking out one.
Cramphin gave way to senior tri-captain Ethan Silverstein (Woodbridge, CT), who threw two innings. After a clean seventh, the explosive South Carolina offense went off, scoring six runs on six hits and one error.
Brown and South Carolina will play again Saturday at 4 p.m.