April 29, 2008
Providence, RI - After tossing two of their team's three complete-game shutouts against Yale over the weekend, Brown pitchers Alex Silverman (Wilmington, NC) and Mark Gormley (Milton, MA) were named the Ivy League Pitcher and Rookie of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday.
Silverman, named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week on Monday, struck out 16 Yale batters in seven innings in his final career start on Saturday. Getting the start in the first game on Senior Day, Silverman came within one of Brown's single-game strikeout 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.
Gormley may not have had Silverman's strikeout numbers, but his performance on Sunday was just as impressive. The southpaw needed just 94 pitches to complete nine innings of work, blowing past his previous career high of 6 1/3 innings in a 9-0 Brown win. Gormley worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the third, inducing a groundout and a double-play ball. The win evened Gormley's record at 3-3, and gave him a 3.74 ERA in League play, eighth in the League.
The third Brown pitcher to throw a shutout over the weekend, sophomore Will Weidig (Katy, TX), was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll. He struck out seven Yale batters en route to his fourth win of the year. The big Texan allowed just four baserunners, all on singles, and did not allow a runner past second all game. He needed just 91 pitches to finish the game, allowing just six balls to be hit out of the infield, two for hits. The complete game was Weidig's second of the season, as he finished with 45 strikeouts in 49 1/3 innings.
Silverman is the first Bear to win Pitcher of the Week this season. Gormley's win is the fourth for a Brown rookie, as catcher Matt Colantonio (Garden City, NY) won on March 25 and April 8, and first baseman Pete Greskoff (Paoli, PA) won on April 15.
The Bears (19-24) will play at Bryant on Wednesday, attempting to win 20 games for the third time in four years. First pitch at the Bryant Baseball Complex is at 3:30 p.m.