Matt Kutler Unanimously Selected Ivy League Player of the Year
May 6, 2005
Princeton, NJ - In a unanimous vote by the league's eight head coaches, Brown senior outfielder Matt Kutler was named Ivy League Player of the Year. Kutler, who also received First Team All-Ivy honors for the third straight time in his career, led the Ancient Eight in eight different batting categories and finished the season ranked tenth in the nation with a .427 batting average. In addition, junior second baseman Paul Christian was named First Team All-Ivy while senior outfielder James Lowe, freshman right-hander Jeff Dietz and sophomore infielder/pitcher Bryan Tews received Second Team All-Ivy honors. Sophomore catcher Devin Thomas earned his second straight All-Ivy Honorable Mention as well.
Kutler recently received the Fritz Pollard Award, given to Brown's male varsity athlete of the year. The Omaha, NE native broke virtually every batting record in the school's history along with the Ivy League's all-time hits record, compiling 260 career hits.
In Ivy games only, Kutler batted .459 with 39 hits and 16 runs batted in. Brown finished the Ivy season 14-6, its best record ever. Kutler was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week on April 12 after leading the Bears to a 6-0 week, posting a .640 average at the plate with six runs scored and six runs batted in.
At one point during the season, he went 14-16 in four games, including a 7-7 performance in a two-games series with the University of Rhode Island. He posted a total of 22 multiple hit games and strung together a 16 game hitting streak. Kutler posted a .974 fielding percentage in the outfield, recording 74 putouts.
Christian, a First Team All-Ivy selection a year ago, posted a .372 average in Ivy play, driving in a team-high 22 runs. He led the league in runs scored with 43 on the season and was tied for second with eight homeruns. He already ranks fourth in Brown history with 24 career homeruns. Christian also led the Bears with 14 doubles on the season, ten coming in league play.
Lowe had a tremendous Ivy League season, batting .397 in all 20 games with 27 hits and 19 RBI. He received the Cliff Stevenson Award, which is presented to the Brown male varsity athlete who best exemplifies a boundless enthusiasm, indomitable spirit and devotion to the quality of life at Brown and the surrounding community. Lowe closed out his career ranked seventh all-time at Brown with 122 career RBI as well as the school's all-time hit by pitch leader. A clutch hitter for Brown, Lowe batted .482 at the plate with runners on base.
Dietz earned a spot in the starting conference rotation, recording all four of his victories in Ivy play. In his last two starts of the season, he gave up just one earned run in each game for which he was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week. He led the team with a 3.60 ERA, including a mere 2.75 ERA in Ivy games. Dietz picked up his second win of the season in a 17-4 win over Dartmouth, pitching eight innings, giving up just two earned runs in the outing. He allowed just four runners to get into scoring position. His 2.75 ERA in Ivy League play ranked second in the League.
Tews posted a .321 average in 14 games out in the field in Ivy play. Also a conference starter on the mound for the Bears, Tews drove in 12 runs off 17 hits. He was named the Ivy League's Player of the Week after batting .478 with eight RBI and tossing a two-hitter in a week where the Bears surged to second place in the Red Rolfe Division standings. In the four-game sweep at Dartmouth, Tews batted .571 in 14 at-bats, driving in eight runs and scoring four.
Thomas tallied 22 hits for a .310 average in league play. He led Brown to a key 6-5 extra innings victory over Harvard, smashing out a two-run homer to tie the game. His 17 runs scored ranked fourth on the team while his seven doubles were tied for second.