PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the 2011 season nearly upon us, two Brown position players have been honored by CollegeBaseballInsider.com in their yearly conference preview. In a poll of Ivy League coaches, senior Pete Greskoff was selected as one of the Ivy League's most dangerous power hitters, while classmate Matt Colantonio received the nod for most underrated hitter.
Greskoff, who shared the award with Alexander Aurrichio of Columbia and Will Davis of Penn, was a powerhouse for the Bears last season, blasting 17 home runs while tallying 43 doubles 54 RBI and a .647 slugging percentage; all team highs. The first baseman recorded seven home runs and 24 RBI in Ivy League play last season.
In Ivy League play, Greskoff tied for first with seven home runs and finished second with 24 runs scored, and 24 RBI.
Colantonio batted .346 last season, while finishing first on the team with two triples and third with 30 RBI. His patience at the plate is evident in his numbers as he led the squad with 35 walks while striking out only 17 times. The catcher also boasted an impressive .406 on-base percentage while ranking third on the team with 33 runs scored.
The backstops' numbers in Ivy League play were just as impressive, batting .347 over 20 games while finishing third in the league with 14 walks.
There is less than a month before the Bears' first game of the season. Brown kicks off its 2011 slate on March 4th, when the team travels to Vanderbilt.
Pictured Above: College Baseball Insider's "Biggest Power Threat" Pete Greskoff