May 16, 2008
Providence, RI - Six members of the Brown baseball team were named All-Ivy on Friday after a vote by the League's eight head coaches, led by senior designated hitter Conor Reardon (Branford, CT), who was named to the League's First Team. Joining him were junior center fielder Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) and freshman second baseman Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT), who were named Second Team All-Ivy. Rounding out the Bears' selections were senior relief pitcher Rob Hallberg (River Edge, NJ), junior shortstop Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA), and sophomore right fielder Nick Puñal (Palm Beach, FL), who received Honorable Mention.
Reardon was fourth in the Ivy League with a .421 batting average and third with 32 hits in conference play. He struck out just three times in 76 at-bats, starting all 20 League games. For the season, he led the Bears with a .396 average, good for fifth in the League, was second on the team with a .443 on-base percentage, .478 slugging percentage, 62 hits (5th in the League), and 10 doubles, and third with 75 total bases. He finished the season on a team-high 18-game hitting streak, and currently ranks as the fifth-hardest batter to strike out in all of Division I, going down just once every 26.2 at-bats. A history concentrator with a 3.94 GPA, Reardon was recently named a First Team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District selection. His success this season was quite unexpected, as an off-field injury caused him to miss the past two seasons. His career batting average of .378 would be the best in Brown history if he had accumulated enough at-bats to qualify.
Daniels led off and played center field in Brown's last 92 games, dating back to opening day of the 2007 season. One of three players to start all 44 games this season, Daniels hit .341, finishing with team highs with 63 hits, fourth in the Ivy League, 42 runs, fourth in the League, five triples, second in the League, and 19 stolen bases, third in the League. In Ivy play, he was eighth in the League with 18 runs and seventh with six steals, hitting .359. The 2006 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Daniels is already second all-time in Brown history with 12 career doubles and fifth with 57 career steals. In the field, he made just one error all season in 91 chances, also making his fair share of spectacular diving catches. He was named a Second Team CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District selection, posting a 3.47 GPA as an economics concentrator.
After a slow start to his rookie season, Zrenda broke out during League play, hitting .341 and tallying team highs with four sacrifice flies and four sacrifice bunts. Despite sitting at just .229 midway through the season, Zrenda got his final average up to .298, hitting .377 (23-for-61) over the team's final 22 games. He ended the year on a seven-game hit streak, hitting .500 (13-for-26) over that stretch.
Hallberg finished his career as Brown's all-time appearance leader, pitching in 72 contests. He also tied for Brown's career saves record, bringing his total to 10 with three this season, and set a new mark by averaging 10.46 strikeouts per nine innings over his four seasons. In six Ivy League appearances this year, he recorded two saves, striking out eight batters in 7.2 innings and posting a 2.35 earned-run average, a team low. A Second Team All-Ivy selection in 2007, Hallberg made 19 appearances on the season, going 1-3 with three saves and a 5.75 ERA, striking out 17 batters in 20.1 innings.
Nuzzo led the Bears in home runs (6) and runs batted in (40) this season, finishing third in the Ivy League in the latter category. In Ivy play, Nuzzo was also second with seven doubles and fifth with 17 RBIs. He hit .298 on the year, with a team-high 12 doubles. Nuzzo started all 44 contests at shortstop after starting all 48 last season, when he was named First Team All-Ivy and Second Team All-New England.
Puñal finished 14th in the Ivy League with a .364 batting average in his first season as a starter. He raised his average 160 points this season, after hitting .204 in 2007, playing mostly as a defensive replacement. His 35 RBIs were second on the club this spring, as were his seven stolen bases.
2008 All-Ivy Baseball
* - Unanimous Selection
Player of the Year: Henry Perkins, Columbia
Pitcher of the Year: Russell Young, Dartmouth
Rookie of the Year: Nick Cox, Columbia*
Blair Bat Winner: Noah Cooper, Columbia
P - *Russell Young, Dartmouth (Sr., Cleburne, Texas)
P - John Baumann, Columbia, (Sr., Westport, Conn.)
RP - *Steve Gilman, Yale (Sr., Annandale, N.J.)
C - Jack Murphy, Princeton (Soph., Lakeland, Fla.)
1B - *Mike Pagliarulo, Dartmouth (Jr., Winchester, Mass.)
2B - *Henry Perkins, Columbia (Sr., Skaneateles, N.Y.)
3B - *Spencer Lucian, Princeton (Sr., Portola Valley, Calif.)
SS - *Erik Bell, Dartmouth (Sr., Sierra Madre, Calif.)
OF - *Damon Wright, Dartmouth (Sr., Dallas, Texas)
OF - *Josh Cox, Yale (Sr., Gainesville. Fla.)
OF - Nick Santomauro, Dartmouth (Soph., North Caldwell, N.J.)
UT - Nathan Ford, Cornell (Jr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
DH - Conor Reardon, Brown (Sr., Branford, Conn.)
DH - Noah Cooper, Columbia (Sr., Penn Valley, Pa.)
P - Joe Scarlata, Columbia (Jr., East Walpole, Mass.)
P - Brian Irving, Yale (Sr., Hamden, Conn.)
RP - Ryan Smith, Dartmouth (Fr., Greenlawn, N.Y.)
C - Ryan Lavarnway, Yale (Jr., Woodland Hills, Calif.)
1B - Adrian Turnham, Princeton (Jr., Houston, Texas)
2B - Ryan Zrenda, Brown (Fr., Old Lyme, Conn.)
3B - Mike Roberts, Columbia (Jr., Lynnfield, Mass.)
SS - Dan Williams, Penn (Fr., Southhampton, N.J.)
OF - Steve Daniels, Brown (Jr., Fox Point, Wisc.)
OF - Jason Banos, Columbia (So., Lynnfield, Mass.)
OF - Nick Cox, Columbia (Fr., Lake Mary, Fla.)
OF - Domenic Di Ricco, Cornell (Jr., Portola Valley, Calif.)
P - Chase Carpenter, Dartmouth (Sr., Bartlett, Tenn.)
P - Christian Staehely, Princeton (Sr., Houston, Texas)
RP - Rob Hallberg, Brown (Sr., River Edge, N.J.)
C - Dean Forthun, Columbia (So., Glendora, Calif.)
2B - Steve Gable, Penn (So., Emmaus, Pa.)
SS - Matt Nuzzo, Brown (Jr., Everett, Mass.)
SS - Dan DeGeorge, Princeton (Jr., Flemington, N.J.)
OF - Nick Puñal, Brown (So., Palm Beach, Fla.)
UT - P.J. Gorynski, Yale (Sr., Queens, N.Y.)
DH - Mickey Brodsky, Cornell (Fr., Encino, Calif.)