May 26, 2004

Christian, Wiginton and Nichols Earn All-New England Honors

May 26, 2004

For Immediate Release: May 25, 2004 Brown sophomore Paul Christian (Chapel Hill, NC), junior Bobby Wiginton (Fresno, CA) and junior Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ) have been named to the 2004 All-New England Collegiate Baseball Team and will compete in the New England Collegiate All-Star Game on Sunday, May 30, at Fenway Park, starting at 7:00 p.m., following the Red Sox vs. Mariners game. Christian was a first team All-New England selection, while Wiginton and Nichols were second team All-New England honorees.

A first team All-Ivy selection, Christian led the Bears with 11 homeruns, second in the league, while batting .349 on the season. He had two multi-homerun games, including a grand slam. Christian also finished second in the league with 47 runs scored and went errorless in 73 chances in right field. Christian batted .347 in the Ancient Eight and recorded six RBI in a win over Columbia.

Wiginton, who was also a first team All-Ivy selection, recently earned CoSIDA District I Academic All-American honors. The left fielder led Brown and was second in the Ivy League with a .415 overall and .437 league batting average. Wiginton averaged an astonishing .667 with the bases loaded, and also averaged .542 with runners on base, both coming in conference play. He put together a pair of 10-game hitting streaks during the season, and compiled 14 multi-hit games, including four hits on two occasions.

A second team All-Ivy choice, Nichols finished the year red-hot at the plate, batting over .420 in the Bears' last 10 games of the season. A shortstop, he finished with a .342 average with 32 RBI in all games, fourth on the team. In Ivy League play, Nichols batted .391, sixth in the league, with 16 RBI and 24 runs scored, third best in the Ivies. Nichols' 53 total bases in conference play led the league.