April 10, 2007

Thomas and Cramphin Named Ivy Player and Pitcher of the Week

April 10, 2007

Providence, RI - Brown seniors Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) and James Cramphin (Simsbury, CT) have been named the Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the Bears' 3-1 weekend against Columbia and Penn.

Thomas, the team's catcher and number-three hitter, was locked in at the plate over the four contests, going 10-for-15 (.667 avg.). The tri-captain was a perfect 7-for-7 against Columbia, and had home runs in three of Brown's four games, one to each part of the outfield. He led the Bears in every offensive category except steals and sacrifices, getting on base at a .706 clip, and posting a 1.467 slugging percentage. He had eight runs scored and 12 RBI, also hitting a double and a triple. His 6 home runs and 32 RBIs lead the Bears, while his 3 triples tie for the team lead and his .337 average is tied for first among Brown's Ivy qualifiers. Thomas currently leads the Ivy League in batting average (.483), RBIs (16), and total bases (29), and is tied for the lead in home runs (3) and triples (2) in Ivy play. His defensive reputation is also well-known throughout the League, as Ivy teams have fewer stolen-base attempts against the Bears per game (0.75) than any other in the Ancient Eight.

Cramphin was lights-out in his start on Saturday, holding the Lions to three hits and two walks over eight innings, striking out 11, before tiring a bit in the ninth and finally allowing a run in an 8-1 Brown victory. His final numbers (8.1 IP, 4 h, 1 er, 4 bb, 11 k) were still impressive, as he knocked 1.28 off of his season ERA and moved to 2-1 on the year. Cramphin now leads Brown in strikeouts with 28 in 34.0 innings pitched, and his 17 k's in Ivy play is tied for third in the League.

With the three wins this weekend, Brown is tied with Harvard atop the Red Rolfe Division at 5-3. As a team, the Bears' .319 average in Ivy League play is more than 10 points ahead of any other club. Junior Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ) and sophomore Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) are second and third in the League with averages of .476 and .467, respectively, in eight Ivy games. Senior tri-captain Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL) is 13th with a .357 average. Sophomore leadoff man Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) is second in the League with 17 steals overall and four steals in Ivy play, while he is third with 24 overall runs scored and tied for third with 10 Ivy runs.