April 30, 2006

Dunphy, Navis and Dashefsky star as baseball sweeps Trinity, 2-0 & 4-1

HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Brandeis University baseball team clinched a 20-win season today with a sweep of Trinity College, 2-0 and 4-1.

Brandeis (21-13-1) got stellar performances from a pair of seniors in game one of the twinbill. Lefthander Tim Dunphy (Cambridge, Mass.) moved to within two of the University's single-season record for victories by tossing a seven-hit complete game shutout. He struck out three and walked none. Dunphy allowed Trinity (17-16) one hit in each inning, but never allowed a runner past second base, as the Judges turned two double plays and senior catcher Phil Aurigemma (Westborough, Mass.) caught a Bantam runner stealing. The game was scoreless until the seventh inning, when Aurigemma walked and sophomore CF Chuck Sheehan (Lexington, Mass.) singled to put runners on the corners with two out. Senior 1B Chris Navis (Walpole, Mass.) followed with a triple that produced the game's only runs.

In the second contest, junior LF Ben Dashefsky (Massapequa, N.Y.) went 4-4 with two doubles and two RBI as the Judges took a 4-1 decision. With the bases loaded in the second inning, Dashefsky stroked his first two-bagger of the game, with three runs coming home thanks to a Trinity error. Those would be the only runs that the sophomore Tyler Robinson (Manotick, Ont.) would need, striking out nine Bantams in six innings of work. He gave up six hits, walked three and allowed one earned run to even his record at 4-4 on the campaign. Rookie James Collins (So. Boston, Mass.) put two runners on base in the seventh, but Dunphy retired the final batter for his first career save.