May 18, 2007
Providence, RI - In preparation for its first-ever trip to the NCAA Regionals, the Brown baseball team has added four games to its schedule. The Ivy League Champion Bears (24-18) will play a doubleheader at the New York Institute of Technology (23-23) on Saturday, May 19, followed by a doubleheader against Patriot League Champion Lafayette (32-17) on Thursday, May 24, at Marist. All four games will be nine innings.
All four games will count towards the Bears' season record and statistics, notable because the team and several team members are nearing Brown records. The program's all-time record for wins in a season, 25 (set in 2002), is within reach. Senior catcher Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) who was unanimously voted the Ivy League Player of the Year on Thursday and has already set Brown single-season records in home runs (15) and runs batted in (61), is just three runs scored away from breaking the mark of 50 set by Joe Stepp '00 in 1999, and just 10 hits from the current record of 73 set by Matt Kutler '05 in 2005. Junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL), the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, is one victory away from tying the mark set by Bob Thornley '71 in his senior season of eight, and he needs just five doubles to reach the mark of 20 set by Todd Iarussi '01 in 2000 and Jeff Nichols '05 in 2003. Sophomore Steve Daniels (Fox Point, WI) needs 11 at-bats to pass Shaun Gallagher '02 with 180, two triples to pass Kutler's mark of nine, and could also pass Rick Lynn '02 with eight more stolen bases to reach 34. Sophomore Matt Nuzzo (Everett, MA), who currently sports a 19-game hitting streak, needs a hit in five more games to tie Gallagher and Dan Kantrovitz '01 at 24.
The Bears have not played since sweeping Penn in the Ivy League Championship Series on May 5. They will find out where and against whom they will be playing at the NCAA Regionals (June 1-4) on May 28.