March 10, 2007
Columbia, SC - After allowing 12 of 13 runs in two rallies on Friday night, the Brown baseball team (1-5) prevented any innings of that magnitude on Saturday, but the result was the same. Second-ranked South Carolina (14-2) scored runs in five of its eight turns at the plate, taking an 11-2 win in the second of a three-game series with the Bears.
Three freshmen split the innings on the mound for Brown. Rob Wilcox (Columbia, SC) got his first collegiate start in his hometown, taking the loss. He allowed five runs, four earned, in four and two-thirds on eight hits and one walk. He gave way to Will Weidig (Katy, TX), who allowed four runs in two and a third. Lefty Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA) threw the eighth, allowing two runs, one earned.
At the plate, the Bears were held to four hits and four walks, as Gamecocks sophomore starter Mike Cisco held them to two hits in six innings, striking out eight. Senior tri-captain Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) and junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) were both 1-for-3 with an RBI, with sophomores Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, NJ) and Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) also adding a hit apiece.
Brown finally broke through in the eighth inning. Freshman Nick Puñal (Wellington, FL) led the inning off with a pinch-hit walk. He was retired on the next play, as Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) reached on a fielder's choice, and junior J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) walked to put runners on first and second. Daniels then came in on a Thomas single to right, with Eno following on a Dietz single to left. Shapiro walked after a Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) strikeout, leading to a South Carolina pitching change, but Nuzzo flew out to right to end the inning.
The Bears threatened in the middle innings, but were unable to put any runs across. In the fourth, sophomore center fielder Daniels and Thomas were both hit by pitches, putting runners on first and second with one out. A Dietz flyout advanced Daniels to third, but a strikeout ended the inning. In the fifth, Shapiro and Nuzzo led off with a pair of singles, then advanced to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by junior Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ). However, the Gamecocks got a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.
The third and final game of the series will be Sunday at 1:30 p.m.