Six Bears Earn All-Ivy League Baseball Honors
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Ivy League office announced on Thursday afternoon that six Brown baseball players earned All-Ivy honors for the 2011 season. Senior Matt Colantonio (Garden City, N.Y.), junior Mike DiBiase (Weston, Mass.) and sophomores Heath Mayo (Whitehouse, Texas) and John Sheridan (Palo Alto, Calif.) were named to the second team, while seniors Matthew Kimball (Nashville, Tenn.) and Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, Conn.) were honorable mention selections.
Colantonio, the starting backstop for the past four years and 2011 captain, led the Bears with a .301 average, 136 at-bats, 31 runs, 41 hits, 12 doubles, a .426 slugging percentage and a .424 on-base percentage. The senior is seventh all-time in Brown baseball history with 171 games played and ninth with 132 runs scored. Colantonio's .462 on-base percentage in league games was third in the conference and his 17 runs scored were eighth-best.
DiBiase was a true hitter for the Bears this season, manning the designated hitter spot all year, while leading the team with three home runs, 20 RBI and 21 walks. The junior also racked up 21 runs and seven doubles, which were both second on the squad.
Mayo, the 2011 team MVP, was lights-out in Ivy League play this year, leading the conference with a 1.51 ERA and zero home runs given up, while allowing just six earned runs, also a league-best mark. The sophomore was also fifth in innings pitched at 35.2. Mayo also led the Bears with a 3-1 record overall and a 3.06 ERA.
Sheridan, made the most of his time on the basepaths this season, swiping 13 bags in league play to lead all players by a five-base margin. The centerfielder was a perfect 13-for-13 in steal attempts and finished 23-for-24 overall. The sophomore was second on the team with a .287 batting average and third with 18 runs scored in just 37 games played this season.
Kimball, who is Brown's all-time saves leader (11) and third with 57 games pitched, was fifth in league play this season with 32 strikeouts and eighth with just six free passes issued. The senior finished first on the squad with eight starts, 42 strikeouts and five complete games and was second with a. 3.74 ERA.
Zrenda, who had been one of Brown's most consistent players entering this season, battled his way through injury this year and is now 10th in program history with 584 at-bats. In just 15 Ivy League games this year, the senior tallied six runs, 13 hits, two doubles, a home run and nine RBI.
Pictured: Senior captain Matt Colantonio. Photo courtesy of DSPics.com