June 2, 2007
Round Rock, TX - In a first-class pitchers' duel, the Brown baseball team was eliminated from the NCAA Austin/Round Rock Regional on Saturday, falling 4-2 to Wake Forest (34-28). Senior James Cramphin (Simsbury, CT) went 8.2 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on six hits and one walk, striking out four while earning the tough-luck loss. The Bears finish their season with a school record for wins at 27-21.
The Demon Deacons got on the board quickly, putting two across in the top of the first. Cramphin got to 0-2 counts on three of the first four batters, but those resulted in a single, a hit-by-pitch and an RBI double. Wake got one more run on a groundout to second to take a 2-0 lead.
The Bears got one back in the third. Sophomore Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) continued his hot weekend, leading off with a double to right center. He moved to third on a bunt single by sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI), then scored on an infield single by junior Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ), who was 2-for-3 with a walk on the day.
Cramphin got into a groove in the meantime. In the fourth, after allowing a triple to the second batter of the frame, he helped himself with a great defensive play. Wake's Andy Goff attempted to squeeze home Evan Ocheltree from third, but Cramphin fielded the ball and flipped it to catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) in one motion in plenty of time to retire Ocheltree.
Cramphin faced three batters in the ninth, allowing one baserunner on an error, a sacrifice bunt, and striking out a batter, but things got dicey for the Bears after he was removed. Head Coach Marek Drabinski went to freshman Will Weidig (Katy, TX), who hit the first batter he faced on his first pitch. After coming out to argue the call, Drabinski was charged with a visit to the mound, his fourth of the game, when he walked up the third base line and replaced a divot on the grass. Unfortunately, that meant he had to pull Weidig.
The next pitcher, junior Peter Moskal (Glastonbury, CT), also hit the first batter he faced on his first pitch, prompting Drabinski to then turn to senior Anthony Vita (West Babylon, NY) with the bases loaded. Vita walked Wake Forest slugger Allan Dykstra on a 3-2 pitch, after just missing with his 2-2 offering, and after he threw a ball to the next batter, Drabinski pulled him for junior Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC). The tall righty walked in a run with three more balls, but struck out the next batter to end the inning. The Bears got one run in the ninth when junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) broke out of an 0-11 slump with a home run to center, but that would be all the offense in the inning.
With the loss, Brown became the fifth Ivy team in the past six years and seventh in the last nine to go 0-2 at the NCAA Regionals.