March 30, 2005

Bears Unable To Hold Off #8 South Carolina

March 30, 2005

Box Score

Columbia, SC - With the scored tied at 2 all heading into the eighth inning, the eighth ranked South Carolina Gamecocks plated five runs to earn a 7-2 win over the Brown baseball team on Tuesday night in front of over 2,000 fans at Sarge Frye Field. Freshman righthander Jeff Dietz had a no hitter going until a homerun in the sixth put an end to his bid. With junior James Cramphin on the mound, the Gamecocks got five runs on five hits in the eighth to seal the victory, their 20th of the season. The Bears are now 4-9 on the year with just two games left until the Ivy season.

While Brown got a run in both the first and third innings, Dietz cruised through five hitless innings on the pitcher's mound. Junior Danny Hughes drove in Brown's first run with a single to first base while senior Matt Kutler drove home senior Bobby Wiginton, who had a lead-off double, in the third.

With the scored tied 2-2, Dietz left the game with one out in the seventh, ending a solid outing where he allowed just two runs on four hits. The rookie walked just two while striking out six.

Junior Ethan Burton stepped in to relieve Dietz, striking out Michael Campbell, one of USC's top hitters, with runners on second and third. Cramphin took over and got the Gamecocks to pop-up, ending the inning with the score still tied at 2-2.

USC loaded up the bases with one out in the eighth with a single, double and intentional walk. Joey Fiddle then singled to right field, driving in two runs to give the Gamecocks a 4-2 lead. A two-run single by Chris Brown followed by a an RBI double by Campbell put USC ahead by five, 7-2, by the time the dust cleared.

With one last chance in the top of the ninth, Brown couldn't get a rally going as it only managed two hits in the final six innings of the game.

Wiginton, who scored both of the Bear's runs, and Kutler both went 2-5 at the plate. Hughes went 2-4 while junior Eric Larson, senior James Lowe and senior Jeff Nichols added one hit apiece.

The Bears will finish up their spring break trip at Western Carolina, which upset top-ranked Georgia Tech lastnight. Game one is set for 7 p.m. on Wednesday night while game two will take place on Thursday at noon. The Ivy season will begin with a trip to Cornell on Saturday.