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Chances slip away, Bucs shut out

The Rams weren't expecting No. 2 starter Shane McCain to toss a two-hitter.

By KEITH NIEBUHR
Published May 5, 2007


TAMPA - In the immediate moments after Fort Pierce John Carroll's 5-0 win over Berkeley Prep on Friday, neither coach knew exactly what to say.

Both were a little stunned.

The Rams weren't expecting No. 2 starter Shane McCain to toss a two-hitter. And the Buccaneers weren't expecting to struggle at the plate, in the field and - at least in a few key moments - from the mound.

"It was just one of those games, " Berkeley Prep coach Justin Houston said. "We didn't really play well in any phase."

Against McCain, a sophomore lefty, the Bucs (19-9) had little success. In the first, Berkeley Prep had a chance to go ahead, but the Bucs left runners on second and third. McCain got out of another slight jam in the third, then had no troubles after that.

In fact, the Bucs went hitless in the four innings.

"What a job, " John Carroll coach Mike Easom said of McCain's effort. "He struggled early throwing strikes, but he got better and better as the game went on."

Berkeley Prep pitcher Eddie Sipple allowed just five hits over five innings. Problem was, three went for doubles and another was a two-run homer by Jeff Eubank in the fifth. John Carroll (17-7) also took advantage of three Berkeley Prep errors.