Bears Sweep Penn, Earning First Victories of the Season

April 1, 2006

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Philadelphia, PA - In its Ivy League opener, the Brown baseball team swept Penn on Saturday, giving the Bears their first victories of the season, 9-6 and 19-5. After struggling with an 0-12 record to open the season, the Bears tallied 35 hits in the two games, giving them a 2-0 start in Ivy play. Junior Bryan Tews allowed just two earned runs in seven complete innings in game one and went a combined 8-10 at the plate with six RBI and six runs scored.Senior Shaun McNamara also went the distance in game two, striking out seven and walking just one.

The first three innings of game one went scoreless before Brown broke for three runs in fourth and four runs in the fifth. Sophomores Jeff Dietz and Ryan Murphy along with junior Devin Thomas, all recorded singles in the fourth with Murphy earning an RBI. Junior Eric Larson and freshman Rob Papenhouse brought in the Bears other two runs with sacrifice flies.

Senior Paul Christian hit a lead-off single to left field to start the rally in the fifth. Junior Bryan Tews, who was also on the mound for the Bears, followed with a double to right field which scored Christian. Senior Danny Hughes then scored Tews with a double of his own while Murphy belted a two-run homer over the fence in right center. Penn posted four runs in the fifth off four hits but the Bears tacked on two more runs in the sixth to take a 9-4 lead. Tews posted his second double of the game to score Papenhouse while Hughes got his second RBI of the day with a single to left field.

The Quakers scored two runs in the seventh but it wasn't enough as Tews went the distance on the mound. He allowed just two earning runs in seven complete innings, striking out a season-high eight and walking just one. At the plate, Tews went 3-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Hughes finished game one 2-4 with two RBI and a run scored. Murphy went 2-3 with two RBI and two runs scored. Also recording hits were Christian, Dietz, Thomas, Larson and Papenhouse.

In game two, Brown pounded out 23 hits as it dominated the game from start to finish. A five-run first followed by a two run second quickly gave the Bears a 7-1 lead. The offensive show continued as they tacked on three more runs in the third and by the end of the sixth, they extended their lead to 15 runs, 17-2.

Christian and Tews both tallied five hits each while Hughes and Dietz recorded four each. Christian posted a pair of doubles with three RBI and two runs scored. Tews hit a three-run homer to lead Brown with four RBI and four runs scored.

Hughes also added a two-run homerun, driving in three runs and scoring three runs. Dietz had a pair of doubles with two RBI and two runs scored. Thomas added two hits, both doubles.

On the mound, senior Shaun McNamara earned his first victory of the season, pitching all nine innings. He allowed five earned runs, striking out seven and walking just one.

The Bears will play a doubleheader at Columbia tomorrow at 12 noon before finally making their way home. Brown will host in-state rival Rhode Island on Wednesday in its home opener.