April 17, 2007
Providence, RI - Thanks to the always unpredictable New England weather, the Brown baseball team got just two games in that week. However, that was enough for senior tri-captain Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) to make a strong impression, as his performance in a doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors.
Tews led Brown with four hits in seven at-bats, posting team highs with a .571 average, .625 on-base percentage, 1.571 slugging average, two home runs and 11 total bases. In the Bears' second game with Dartmouth, Tews ripped both of his homers in a 10-3 Brown win, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a sacrifice bunt.
Tews' versatility in the field has allowed the Bears to move him between second base and first base, allowing for the optimal lineup depending on Brown's pitcher. The defending Ivy League batting champ brought his average up to .304 on the year and .400 in Ivy League play, the latter number good for seventh in the Ancient Eight. Tews is also tied for fourth with 28 total bases in League play.
Also named to the Honor Roll was junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL). Dietz allowed a double and a home run to the first two batters of the first Dartmouth game, but allowed just three hits and no walks thereafter, striking out 11 in his third straight complete-game victory. Dietz' 2.57 ERA in Ivy games is third in the League, while his 3.56 ERA overall is sixth. He is also fourth with 36 overall strikeouts and third with 24 Ivy strikeouts.
As a team, the Bears are the class of the Ivy League at the plate. The team's .298 average and 6.73 runs per game on the season are tops among Ivy teams. In League play, Brown has been even more dominant, as the team's .344 average is 49 points higher than any other team, and the team's 88 runs are tops in the League, even though Penn and Columbia have played four more games.