Steve Daniels Named Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year; Four Others Named To All-Ivy First Team

Steve Daniels Named Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year; Four Others Named To All-Ivy First Team

May 9, 2006

Princeton, NJ - Brown freshman outfielder Steve Daniels was named the Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Year while a total of five players earned All-Ivy honors for the 2006 baseball season as voted on by the league's eight head coaches. Senior outfielder Paul Christian, junior second baseman Bryan Tews, junior catcher Devin Thomas, as well as sophomore utility player Jeff Dietz all received First Team All-Ivy honors. Tews also earned Second Team All-Ivy honors as a pitcher as did sophomore closer Rob Hallberg to round out the Bears honorees.

The highly versatile Tews earned the league's overall batting crown, hitting .390 on the year. In Ivy games only, he batted a team-high .380 and drove in 17 runs, tied for second on the team. He also led the team with 20 runs scored. Serving triple duty throughout the year, Tews pitched, batted and fielded, starting nine games on the mound and 26 in the field. He was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week after hitting .579 with four homeruns and ten RBI in Brown's first four Ivy games of the year. On the mound where he earned Second Team All-Ivy honors, Tews posted a 3-5 record with all three wins coming in Ivy play. He was second in the league with a mere 1.85 ERA in Ivy games.

Christian led Brown with 59 hits on the year and was third with a .360 average at the plate. His 37 RBI also led the team as did his eight homeruns. Christian tied the school's career homeruns record, knocking out 32 throughout his four-year career. In Ivy games, he was second with a .365 average off a team-high 31 hits. His 18 runs driven in led the team while his 19 runs scored were second. He strung together a 16 game hitting streak and had 17 multi-hit games. In addition, he led the Bears with 16 doubles. This marks the third straight season Christian has earned First Team honors.

Thomas was tied for third on the team with 29 RBI this season while his .324 average ranked fifth. His 32 runs scored and 12 doubles were second on the team. In a game against Rhode Island, Thomas drove in a season-high five runs off a pair of homeruns. He has now earned All-Ivy honors every year since beginning his career at Brown.

Dietz was a unanimous First Team selection at the utility position as he started 29 games at various positions in addition to pitching. He finished second on the team with a .364 average and 33 runs driven in. His 17 RBI in league play were tied for second. On the mound, Dietz posted a 2.73 ERA and struck out 31 batters, second in the league, in Ivy games. Last season, he earned Second Team All-Ivy honors as a starting pitcher.

Hallberg picked up three saves on the year as he saw time in 19 games, going 2-3. In Ivy League play, he recorded a 0.68 ERA, one of the best among relievers in the Ancient Eight. In 26.0 innings of work, Hallberg was tied for second for Brown with 35 strikeouts.

Daniels hit .309 in 34 games in his first season with the Bears. In Ivy games only, he hit .350, which ranked third on the team. In addition, Daniels led Brown with ten stolen bases on the year, including eight in Ivy play.

Player of the Year
Marc Sawyer, Yale (Jr., 1B, Largo, Fla.)

Pitcher of the Year
Shawn Haviland, Harvard (So., P, Farmington, Conn.)

Co-Rookies of the Year
Adam Cole, Harvard (Fr., P, Sudbury, Mass.)
Stephen Daniels, Brown (Fr., OF, Fox Point, Wisc.)

First Team All-Ivy
P - Shawn Haviland, Harvard (So., Farmington, Conn.)
P - Josh Faiola, Dartmouth (Sr., Pueblo, Colo.)
RP - Matt Fealey, Yale (Sr., Queens, N.Y.)
C - Devin Thomas, Brown (Jr., Gainesville, Fla.)
1B - Josh Klimkiewicz, Harvard (Sr., Lexington, Mass.)
1B - Mark Sawyer, Yale (Jr., Largo, Fla.)
2B - Bryan Tews, Brown (Jr., Park Ridge, Ill.)
3B - Steffan Wilson, Harvard* (So., State College, Pa.)
SS - Morgan Brown, Harvard (Sr., Alstead, N.H.)
OF - Will Bashelor, Dartmouth (Jr., Bozrah, Conn.)
OF - Paul Christian, Brown (Sr., Chapel Hill, N.C.)
OF - Matt Vance, Harvard (So., Solana Beach, Calif.)
UT - Jeff Dietz, Brown* (So., Almonte Springs, Fla.)
DH - Dan Neczypor, Columbia (So., Cambridge, Mass.)
DH - Stephen Wendell, Princeton (Sr., Charleston, S.C.)

Second Team All-Ivy
P - Alec Smith, Yale (Sr., Turlock, Calif.)
P - Bryan Tews, Brown (Jr., Park Ridge, Ill.)
RP - Rob Hallberg, Brown (So., River Edge, N.J.)
C - Josh Corn, Penn (Jr., Allendale, N.J.)
2B - Aaron Prince, Princeton (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
3B - Sal Iacono, Princeton (Jr., Staten Island, N.Y.)
SS - Dan Soltman, Yale (So., Evanston, Ill.)
OF - Brian Kaufman, Cornell (So., Austin, Texas)
OF - Lance Salsgiver, Harvard (Sr., Davison, Mich.)
OF - Damon Wright, Dartmouth (So., Dallas, Texas)
UT - Henry Perkins, Columbia (So., Skaneateles, N.Y.)

Honorable Mention All-Ivy
P - Christian Staehely, Princeton (So., Houston, Texas); Erik Stiller, Princeton (Jr., Bryan, Texas); Jeff Wilkerson, Dartmouth (Jr., Walnut Creek, Calif.)
RP - Doug Brown, Penn (Jr., Philadelphia, Pa.); Brett Rosenthal, Yale (Jr., Irving, Texas)
C - Zach Wendkos, Princeton (Sr., St. Petersburg, Fla.)
2B - Seth Gordon, Cornell (Sr., Albany, N.Y.)
SS - Dan DeGeorge, Princeton (Fr., Flemington, N.J.); Craig Rodwogin, Columbia (Jr., Marlboro, N.J.)
OF - Jake Doyle, Yale (Jr., Wilmington, Del.); Andrew Salini, Princeton (Sr., Andover, Mass.)
DH - Tim May, Penn (Fr., Mission Viejo, Calif.)