March 25, 2007
Charleston, SC - After doing so just twice in its first nine games, the Brown baseball team (4-8) scored at least nine runs for the third straight game, winning its third straight over Charleston Southern (12-18), 10-2. Senior catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) led the Bear bats, going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, four RBIs, and two runs scored. Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) went eight solid innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on eight hits and four walks while striking out five batters.
Thomas led an attack that was spread among several Bears. Junior second baseman J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI) hit his first career home run, as he went 2-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Dietz helped his own cause with a 2-for-5 day at the plate, driving in two runs, while sophomore shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) was 2-for-5 with one RBI.
Sophomore center fielder Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) was the only starter who did not record a hit, going 0-for-3, but he still managed to score three runs, walking twice and reaching on a fielder's choice. He also stole two bases, bringing his season total to nine.
Brown jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the third. With Daniels on second after a steal and freshman Nick Puñal (Wellington, FL) on third with two outs, Eno singled, bringing Puñal home. Thomas then brought Eno and Daniels in on a double to right center, which Dietz followed with a double down the left field line.
In the fifth, Daniels walked, stole second and took third on an error by the catcher. Thomas drove him in with a single for the only run of the middle innings for Brown. In the seventh, Eno drove in sophomore third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) with a homer to right. Thomas followed with a triple to right, scoring on a Dietz single.
The Bears finished the Buccaneers off in the ninth, scoring two more runs. Daniels led off with another walk, advancing to second and third on wild pitches. After junior Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT) walked for Eno, Thomas singled to bring Daniels home. Nuzzo singled two batters later to drive in Kelaher for the game's final run. Junior Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) pitched a scoreless ninth to close the game.
The Bears will go for a sweep of CSU on Monday. First pitch is at 2 p.m.