April 19, 2007
Providence, RI - Before the Brown baseball team kicks off a crucial four-game series with Harvard on Saturday, a special pre-game ceremony will be held to officially dedicate Murray Stadium, the Bears' home field.
Located on Aldrich Field, Murray Stadium will be dedicated in grateful recognition of Suzanne and Terrence Murray and their children, longstanding Brown Sports Foundation Vice President Paula Murray McNamara '84 and Christopher D. Murray '94, for their commitment to Brown and generosity in funding this stadium for Brown University baseball. The Murray family gift funded landscaping around the stadium, a new infield for the baseball diamond, and other improvements around the park.
University President Ruth J. Simmons, Director of Athletics Michael Goldberger, and Corporation fellow Elizabeth Zopfi Chace '59 will join the Murray family at the event, which will begin with the unveiling of a plaque behind the stadium's press box at 11:45 a.m. The ceremony will then move down onto the diamond, where Terry Murray will throw out the first pitch.
The Bears and Crimson enter this weekend tied atop the Red Rolfe Division at 7-3. Brown has easily been the top hitting team in the Ancient Eight with the top batting average in the Ivy League at .344, 49 points better than the next-best team, and the most runs scored with 88. The Bears also lead the League with 12 home runs and eight triples, and are tied for first with 17 stolen bases.
The trio of junior Ryan Murphy (Mantoloking, NJ), sophomore Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA), and senior Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) is currently 1-2-3 in the league in batting average in Ivy games, at .500, .436, and .432, respectively. Senior Bryan Tews (Park Ridge, IL), fresh off being named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Tuesday, is just a few spots behind in seventh with a .400 average. Thomas tops the league with 19 runs batted in, three triples, and 33 total bases, and is tied with Tews and two other players with three home runs. Sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) tops the Ivy League with 15 runs in League play, is tied for first with six stolen bases, and is tied for second with two triples.
On the mound, the Bears are tied for third in Ivy play with a 4.27 ERA. Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL), who is tied for second with five doubles at the plate, is tied for third with a 2.57 ERA and is third with 24 strikeouts. Senior James Cramphin (Simsbury, CT) is just behind him in sixth with a 2.66 ERA, while he sits one strikeout from the Ivy lead with 27 k's.
Harvard, on the other hand, leads the Ivy League by 1.25 runs with a 2.85 team earned-run average. Junior Brad Unger is tied for fourth in the League with a 2.57 ERA in conference play. Freshman Max Perlman is 10th at 3.15, freshman Eric Eadington is 13th at 3.48, and junior Shawn Haviland is 14th at 3.57. At the plate, juniors Matt Vance and Tom Stack-Babich are 12th and 13th in the League with respective .361 and .355 averages, while the Crimson are fourth as a team with a .276 average.
Fans in attendance at Saturday's games will be treated to unlimited free hot dogs and drinks, while supplies last. For fans that cannot attend the games, Brown Student Radio will be broadcasting the first game of each doubleheader (12:15 Saturday, 1:00 Sunday), on 88.1 FM in the Providence area and on the Internet at www.bsrlive.com.