April 14, 2007
Providence, RI - In an awesome offensive display, the Brown baseball team (12-14, 7-3 Ivy League) scored 30 runs in its doubleheader against Dartmouth (5-19-1, 2-8) at Edward B. Aldrich 1893 Field on Saturday, sweeping by scores of 20-2 and 10-3. With the wins, the Bears keep pace with Harvard, setting up a battle for first place in the Red Rolfe Division next weekend. Sunday's scheduled doubleheader between Brown and Dartmouth has already been postponed due to a forecast for heavy rain through Monday, as has Harvard's second doubleheader with Yale.
In the first contest, the Bears got at least one run in each of the seven innings, while junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) struck out 11 batters in his third complete game of the season. After allowing a double and a home run to the first two batters of the game, Dietz settled in nicely, allowing just three baserunners the rest of the game.
The entire lineup got in on the action in the blowout, as all nine starters and sophomore Brad Rifkin (Columbia, MD), Brown's lone substitute, got hits. In fact, Rifkin's pinch hit single in the seventh was the first hit of his collegiate career, as he beat out the throw after a diving play by the third baseman. Freshman Chris Tanabe (Jupiter, FL) crushed his first collegiate home run, en route to going 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a team-high five RBIs, a double, a walk, and his first collegiate stolen base. Sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) led the team with four runs scored, going 2-for-6 with two runs batted in and one of his two steals on the day. Sophomore third baseman Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) and junior left fielder Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) both had three hits to lead the team, adding three runs scored apiece.
In game two, three of the Bears' first four batters in the third inning hit home runs to break the game open. In that contest, senior James Cramphin (Simsbury, CT) had his second consecutive game with double-digit strikeouts, whiffing 10 batters in six innings, giving up just five hits and two walks. Freshman Will Weidig (Katy, TX) picked up his first collegiate save by throwing the last three innings, giving up two runs on six hits with one strikeout.
The second contest started out a bit slower, but Brown pulled away in the middle innings. The Bears got on the board first in the third, when Daniels tripled with one out and senior catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) brought him in with a sacrifice fly. The following inning, Dietz led off with his fifth home run of the season, and after a strikeout, senior Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) and sophomore Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, NJ) followed suit. Papenhause was then hit by a pitch, and scored on a double by junior J.J. Eno (Kahului, HI).
In the sixth, Tews led off with his second home of the day, his fifth of the year, and later Murphy brought in Shapiro and Papenhause on a single for an 8-1 Brown lead. Sacrifice flies by Tanabe and sophomore Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) in the seventh and ninth, respectively, gave the Bears their final total.
Tews was 3-for-3 in that game with two solo homers, also laying down a sacrifice bunt and drawing a walk. Dietz and Nuzzo both had a pair of hits and an RBI, with Dietz also scoring three times.
With Sunday's doubleheader called off, the Bears will hit the field next on Tuesday for a doubleheader at Aldrich Field against Marist. Those games will be the first of seven home games in six days for Brown, which will also play a single game against Connecticut on Wednesday and host Harvard for four games over the weekend. Sunday's games will be made up within two weeks, per Ivy League rules, and will likely be played at Dartmouth, the original site of the contests.