April 4, 2009
Providence, R.I. - Senior Rob Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) enjoyed a tremendous offensive day, leading the Bears to a pair of high-scoring Ivy League wins. Papenhause was four-for-four with seven RBI's, three home runs, and four walks, and Brown knocked off the Quakers 9-8 and 18-11. With the wins, the Bears improve to 9-12-1 overall and 5-1 in league play, while Penn falls to 10-14 and 0-6.
The first game was a thriller, as the lead changed constantly on a stream of home runs, as the wind was blowing out for the entire contest. Papenhause started off the scoring with a solo home run, giving Brown the early 1-0 lead through two. The Quakers answered in the third, picking up four runs of their own on a grand slam to regain the lead.
Senior Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) then answered with a solo shot in the fourth, closing the gap to 4-2, but Penn again had an answer, scoring another run in the fifth. In the bottom of the fifth, however, the Bears broke through for a game-changing rally. After Bruno loaded the bases, sophomore Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.) drew a walk to bring in the first run, followed by Daniels, who crushed a ball to right field for a grand slam, his second home run of the day. The hit gave Brown a 7-5 lead, and the Bears would hold on for an exciting 9-8 win, highlighted by a second home run from Papenhause.
In the rematch, Brown started off quickly, as the first three runners reached base, including a pair of doubles. After a ground out and a walk, Papenhause came up in the six spot and hammered a ball over the fence for a three-run home run. Though Penn escaped the inning without further incident, the Bears still held an early 5-0 lead. The scoring continued in the second, as the Quakers picked up three runs in the top of the frame, only to see Brown answer with three of its own in the bottom. Sophomore Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) and rookie Graham Tyler (Cranston, R.I.) each hit home runs in the second, accounting for all three runs between them.
The action then slowed down slightly, as Penn edged its way back into the game, closing to within 9-7 after five innings. However, after two outs to start the sixth, Brown got a pair of runners on base to set up Greskoff's second home run of the game, a three-run shot to put the Bears up 12-7 and seal the game. Both teams exchanged runs over the final three frames, but Brown held on for the win by a final margin of 18-11.
The Bears will be back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they continue Ivy play with a doubleheader against Columbia at Murray Stadium starting at 12:00 p.m.