Six Selected To All-Ivy Baseball Teams
May 13, 2004
Princeton, NJ - - In a vote by the Ivy League's eight head coaches, six Brown baseball players were named to the 2004 All-Ivy Teams, headlined by First Team selections junior leftfielder Bobby Wiginton (Fresno, CA) and sophomore rightfielder Paul Christian (Chapel Hill, NC). Junior shortstop Jeff Nichols (Medford, NJ), junior third baseman Chris Contrino (Marlboro, NJ), and freshman utility player Devin Thomas (Gainesville, FL) were all Second Team honorees. Senior second baseman Bobby Deeb (West St. Paul, MN) received an Honorable Mention.
Wiginton, who was also just named a CoSIDA District I Academic All-American, led the team and was second in the league with a .415 overall and .437 league batting average. With the bases loaded he averaged an astonishing .667 and also averaged .542 with runners on base, both coming in conference play. He put together a pair of ten game hitting streaks during the season and compiled 14 multi-hit games, including four hits on two occasions.
Christian crushed out 11 homeruns, second in the league while batting .349 on the season. He had two multi-homerun games, including a grand slam in one of them. He finished second in the league with 47 runs scored and went errorless in 73 chances on defense. Christian batted .347 in the Ancient Eight and recorded six RBI in a win over Columbia.
Nichols finished the year red-hot at the plate, batting over .420 in the Bears last ten games of the season. He finished with a .342 average with 32 RBI in all games, fourth on the team. In league play, he batted .391, sixth in the league, with 16 RBI and 24 runs scored, tied for third in the Ivies. Nichols 53 total bases in conference play were tied for the league lead as well.
Contrino led the Bears with 55 hits this season, batting .369 at the plate, sixth in the league. His .378 average in Ivy play ranked tenth in the league while his 34 RBI were third on the team. Contrino put together an 11 game hit streak during the season and had 17 multi-hit games.
Thomas was used in a number of positions this season for the Bears, playing leftfield, first base, and catching throughout the year. His 25 RBI in league play led the team and was third in the league. His 35 total RBI were second on the team. Thomas finished the year with a .272 average, despite batting over .300 for a good portion of the season. In Ivy play he batted .289, sixth on the team.
Deeb closed out his career as Brown's all-time hits and runs scored leader. A four-time All-Ivy selection, he batted .313 on the year with a team-high 14 doubles. In Ivy play, Deeb averaged .360 at the plate with 18 runs and 14 RBI. His 27 hits in league play were sixth in the Ivies. He also led the team with 10 stolen bases.
Brown closed out the 2004 season with a 16-26 record and 9-11 mark in the Ivy League. The Bears will return all but one player to their line-up next year while Matt Kutler (Omaha, NE) will make a healthy return. Despite losing three pitchers to graduation, Joel DeMaria will also return next year after missing this season due to an injury as well.