Brown Sweeps Penn on Meiklejohn Dedication Day

Box Score - Game 1

Box Score - Game 2

PHILADELPHIA - The Quaker baseball team was swept by a hungry Brown squad, 9-6 and 19-5, Saturday afternoon at Meiklejohn Stadium.

Brown (2-12, 2-0 Ivy) picked up its first two wins of the 2006 season after beginning the year with a brutal schedule that included nationally ranked Florida State and Vanderbilt.

The Quakers (6-16,2-4 Ivy)dropped their fifth and sixth straight games, falling victim to a hot-hitting Bears team that had the top batting average in the Ivy League coming into the weekend despite their lackluster overall record.

In game one, Brown broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning when Ryan Murphy put down a bunt single that was picked up and thrown errantly to first base by pitcher Bret Wallace, allowing Jeff Dietz (who singled) to score from third. Two sacrifice flies gave Brown a 3-0 advantage.

The Bears extended their lead to 7-0 in the fifth inningafter back-to-back RBI doubles by Bryan Tews and Danny Hughes, followed by a big two-run homer to right field off the bat of Murphy.

Penn fought back in the bottom half of the fifth, as a two-out error by the Bears resulted in a four-run rally by the Quakers. After Scott Graham reached on the error andDoug Brown walked, it set the stage for a two-run double by Joey Boaen. Josh Corn knocked Boaen in on a single on the next at-bat, and Corn eventually was driven home on a base-hit by Tim May, making the score 7-4.

But Brown gave itself a bigger cushion with two runs in the sixth inning off Wallace, including another RBI double from Tews, who was also the starting pitcher for the Bears.

Corn brought Penn within three after blasting a two-run homer to left field in the final seventh inning, but it would be all the Quakers could muster, as Tews got two groundouts to end the game.

Tews (1-2) allowed six runs, just two earned, on eight hits with eight strikeouts in the complete game win, while going 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored to lead the Bears (a sign of what was to come in game two).

Wallace (2-1) gave up nine runs, eight earned, on 11 hits through seven innings, striking out five and walking just one in the process. Boaen had three hits for the Quakers while Corn added two hits and three RBI.

In the nightcap, it was all Brown, as its potent offense amassed 23 hits and scored at least one run in eight of nine innings in a 19-5 loss for Penn.

Tews once again shined for the Bears, as he was a ridiculous 5-for-6 with four RBI and four runs scored, including a three-run home run to left field in the sixth inning.

Penn starter Steven Schwartz had a rough day, as Brown batters tagged him for 10 runs on 12 hits in the first 2 1/3 innings.

Hughes and Eric Larson also homered for the Bears, while Paul Christian went 5-for-7 with three RBI and three runs scored in the Brown rout. Starter Shawn McNamara cruised with the big lead, pitching a complete game while allowing five runs on 10 hits with seven strikeouts and just one walk.

Boaen and Corn had two hits for Penn while freshman Jeff Cellucci added two hits and two RBI.

Between games, the stadium was officially dedicated with a ceremony and plaque presentation that honored University of Pennsylvania supporter Bill Meiklejohn, W '42, and included speeches by Penn Athletic Director Steve Bilsky and President Dr. Amy Gutmann.

Meiklejohn threw out the first pitch of the second game to Bilsky and was presented with a proclamation, a Quaker baseball jersey and an engraved Louisville Slugger bat to celebrate and thank one of the school's most generous donors.

The Quakers are back in action at Meiklejohn Stadium for another Ivy doubleheader tomorrow at noon against Yale.