March 10, 2004
The Brown University baseball team has suffered a tough blow prior to the start of its 2004 campaign with senior leftfielder Matt Kutler (Omaha, NE) missing the entire season due to an injury.
The two-time First Team All-Ivy selection tore ligaments in his right hand in practice last week and has since undergone surgery. A full recovery is expected in 6-8 weeks. Kutler was on the verge of breaking several school records, including the all-time hits record, in his final year with the Bears. The 6'1" Kutler has 187 hits for his career, just 21 shy of the all-time Brown record of 208.
In addition to hits, Kutler was just two RBI away from breaking the school record for RBI in a career with 123. He is also fourth all-time at Brown in doubles (43), third in extra base hits with 66 and his .537 slugging percentage ranks eighth all-time. His .351 career batting average is good for eighth all-time as well.
Last season, the Omaha, NE native led the Ivy League with 66 hits and 44 RBI, starting all 47 games. His .369 average was first for Brown and fifth in the league as he hit safely in 38 games, including 15 straight. "He is one of the top three hitters that I've coached here at Brown," said Brown Head Coach Marek Drabinski of the three-time All-Ivy selection.
Brown will open up the 2004 season at #14 University of Florida this Friday at 6:30 p.m. for a three-game series. Game two will be played on Saturday at 2 p.m. while the series will wrap up on Sunday at 12:30 p.m.