Eight Bears Earn Ivy League Baseball Post-Season Honors
May 15, 2002
PROVIDENCE, RI - Eight members of the Brown baseball team garnered post-season Ivy League honors as voted by the league's eight head coaches.
Headlining the Bears' selections was senior right-hander Jonathan Stern (Long Valley, NJ) who was named Ivy League Co-Pitcher of the Year. Stern went 7-4 this season with a 3.28 ERA and 71 strikeouts. In Ivy games, Stern went 4-1 with a 2.97 ERA. Stern recorded a season-high 14 strikeouts in a Rolfe Division playoff game at Harvard on May 8.
Completing the Brown first-team contingent were senior catcher Greg Metzger (Trumbull, CT) and sophomore left fielder Matt Kutler (Omaha, NE). Metzger, a unanimous first-team selection and player of the week honoree, hit .335 with a team-high nine homers and 39 RBI. The senior started 47 of 48 games and hit .403 with seven homers and 23 RBI in Ivy games.
Kutler, an All-Ivy honorable-mention in 2001, finished ninth in the league with a .358 batting average and led the league with nine triples. The sophomore set the Brown season (9) and career mark (13) for triples this spring. Kutler tied for first in the league with 64 hits, ranked fourth in RBI with 43, third in doubles with 14 and third in total bases with 105.
Four Brown players were named to the second-team, including sophomore second baseman Robert Deeb (West St. Paul, MN), freshman third baseman Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ), senior center fielder Rick Lynn (Towaco, NJ) and senior utility man John Cappello (Cranston, RI). Deeb (.329), Nichols (.317), Lynn (.315), and Cappello (.333) all hit above .300 in Ivy League games.
Junior relief pitcher Dan Spring (Washington, D.C.) was named an All-Ivy honorable-mention as he posted four victories and three saves in 16 appearances.
Brown tied with Dartmouth for the most first-team selections with three each.