Bears Excel on Summer Baseball Scene

Aug. 27, 2007

Providence, RI - After bringing home the program's first-ever Ivy League Championship this past spring, the men of the Brown baseball team continued to represent their school well in various summer leagues over the past few months. Bears brought home two All-Star nods, and led their leagues in various categories for the summer.

Senior Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ) was dominant as the closer for the Manchester (CT) Silkworms of the New England Collegiate Baseball League. A mid-season All-Star and All-NECBL Second Team honoree, Hallberg led the league with 12 saves, setting a Silkworms team record. Hallberg was second in the league with 20 games finished, and placed third with 21 appearances in Manchester's 41 games. In 25.2 innings, Hallberg posted a 1-1 record and 1.05 earned run average, striking out 41 batters, walking just seven, and holding batters to a .119 average. Fellow senior Brian Kelaher (Farmington, CT) joined Hallberg on the Silkworms, playing in 22 games.

Sophomore Will Weidig (Katy, TX) was also named an All-Star as a starting pitcher for the Colleyville LoneStars of the Texas Collegiate League. In seven starts, Weidig went 3-1 with a 3.32 ERA. He struck out 36 batters and walked just eight in 38.0 innings of work.

Last season's Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL), was also impressive out of the bullpen, doing his work for the Wareham Gatemen of the historic Cape Cod Baseball League. In 19 appearances, which ranked third in the league, Dietz worked 24.2 innings, posting a 1-1 record and 0.73 ERA. He finished nine games, and struck out 28 batters while walking eight. Juniors Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA) and Robert Papenhause (Hillsborough, CA) also saw action in short stints on the Cape.

The highlight of the summer at the plate for the Bears came from junior Dan Shapiro (Basking Ridge, NJ), who played for the Jersey Pilots of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League. Shapiro finished third in the league with a .374 batting average while leading all players with 16 stolen bases. He also placed second with a .474 on-base percentage and 43 hits. A left-handed hitter who often sat against left-handed pitchers during the spring, Shapiro hit .429 against southpaws over the course of the summer.

The Bear who traveled farthest from College Hill was Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI), who played for the Anchorage Glacier Pilots of the Alaska Baseball League. Before having his season prematurely end due to an injury after 21 games, Daniels hit .266, stealing nine bases in 10 attempts.

A bit closer to home, Papenhause and sophomore Matt Boylan (Danvers, MA) both played for the Amsterdam Mohawks of the New York Collegiate Baseball League. Papenhause started 30 games for the Mohawks, joining the team after his stint on the Cape. Boylan appeared in nine games, starting five. He posted a 1-2 record with a 4.45 ERA.