April 28, 2008
Providence, RI - Brown senior righthander Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) has been named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Silverman ended his career in style on Saturday, striking out 16 Yale batters in a seven-inning two-hitter in his final start, one short of the Brown single-game record, as the Bears won 8-0.
Over the seven innings, Silverman allowed just five fair balls to be hit out of the infield. The only jam of the game for Silverman came in the fifth, when he got a bit wild and walked the bases loaded with one out. However, he used the wicked slider he had working all day to strike out the Bulldogs' 2-3 hitters to end the jam, cruising the rest of the way to one of three Brown shutouts on the weekend.
The 16 strikeouts are believed to be a Brown record for a scheduled seven-inning contest. Bob Thorley '71 set the single-game record of 17 on April 13, 1971 against Northeastern.
The win brought Silverman's record to 5-2, with the five wins a team high. He finished his season with 49 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings, posting a 6.23 ERA. For his career, Silverman was 10-7 with a 6.40 ERA, striking out 97 batters in 108 1/3 innings.