May 1, 2007

Jeff Dietz Named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week

May 1, 2007

Providence, RI - Brown junior Jeff Dietz (Altamonte Springs, FL) was named the Ivy League's Pitcher of the Week on Tuesday for his phenomenal performance in two key League games last week. Dietz won both of his starts on short rest, including the Bears' Red Rolfe Division-clinching victory on Sunday over Yale.

At Dartmouth on Wednesday, pitching on three days of rest, he went six innings, scattering 5 hits and one walk, striking out six. He allowed two runs, one earned, both of which came in the first inning. He did not allow a run in his next 12 innings pitched after those runs scored, including a complete-game shutout against Yale on Sunday, again on just three-days' rest. Dietz clearly did not have his best stuff in that game, as could be expected from the workload, but he shut the Bulldogs down on guts and will.

For the week, Dietz posted a 0.69 ERA and just a .204 batting-average against. He allowed just 10 hits and two walks in 13.0 innings pitched, striking out eight batters.

Dietz ended the Ivy League regular season in second with 42 strikeouts, behind only teammate James Cramphin (Simsbury, CT), who had 47. Dietz was also fourth in the Ancient Eight with a 3.07 League ERA, tying for the conference lead with five wins. His 54 strikeouts overall were third in the League, behind Cramphin and Penn's Todd Roth, while his 3.57 ERA was again fourth in the League.

He was also stellar at the plate in League play, finishing in a tie for third with 22 RBIs and in 12th with a .362 batting average. He and teammate Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) were tied for second in overall RBIs with 45 entering Tuesday's doubleheader with Central Connecticut State, and his .357 season average was eighth in the League.