April 29, 2006
New Haven, CT - The Brown baseball team ended its 2006 Ivy League schedule on a high note by sweeping Yale in New Haven on Saturday. The Bears, 15-23 overall and 12-8 in Ivy play, earned the victories in the final inning of both games, 8-6 and 2-1. After a big four run seventh in the opening game, freshman Ro Papenhause drove in what proved to be the winning run in the ninth inning of the night cap. Sophomore Jeff Dietz was dominant on the mound in game two while sophomore Rob Hallberg earned the save in both games.
Dietz drove in Brown's first run of the afternoon in the top of the first of game one. Yale countered with a run off a passed ball in the bottom half of the frame but an RBI double by senior Paul Christian and an RBI single by senior Danny Hughes, allowed the Bears to take a 3-1 lead in the second.
The two teams traded runs in the third before Yale tied things up in the fifth, 4-4, with two runs off two hits. Brown avoided extra innings by scoring its four runs in the seventh, all with two outs. A double by junior Bryan Tews scored junior Devin Thomas who reach on an error. Junior Eric Larson, returning from an injury, then tripled home Tews.
The Bears piled on two more runs with RBI singles sophomore Brian Kelaher and Christian, which they would need as Yale did threaten in the bottom of the frame. A two-run shot by the Bulldogs made it a two-run game with just one out and with the tying run at the plate, Head Coach Marek Drabinski went to his closer. Hallberg got Yale to fly out in its last two chances, ensuring the Brown victory.
In game two, an RBI single by Papenhause gave Brown a 2-0 lead in the ninth as Dietz shutdown Yale for the first eight innings. He allowed just six baserunners, two of which reached on errors, while striking out ten.
The Bulldogs again threatened in their last crack at a win or tie, scoring one run before senior Ethan Burton and Hallberg combined to record the final two outs of the game via the strikeout.
Brown will close out its season with doubleheaders at Central Connecticut and Maine on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.