Sept. 13, 2007
Providence, RI - While the temperatures will soon fall on College Hill, the 2007 Ivy League Champion Brown baseball team has begun fall practices in preparation of its title defense next spring. The Bears have 10 freshmen joining the squad this fall: pitchers Conor Burke (Andover, MA), Josh Feit (Woodcliff Lake, NJ), Mark Gormley (Milton, MA), Greg Karwaski (Media, PA), Matthew Kimball (Nashville, TN), and Davis Wedgworth (Montgomery, AL); pitcher/first baseman Andrew Bakowski (Stamford, CT); catcher Matthew Colantonio (Garden City, NY); and infielders Pete Greskoff (Paoll, PA) and Ryan Zrenda (Old Lyme, CT).
Burke, a graduate of St. John's Prep in Danvers, Mass., went 7-1 in his senior season, posting a 0.70 ERA in 60 innings. The MVP of the Catholic Conference, he was named All-Scholastic by the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, and played in the Eastern Mass and Agganis All-Star Games. He also played summer ball for Andover Legion Post 8, which won its section four consecutive seasons.
Colantonio was team MVP at Chaminade High School, where he was a two-time All-League catcher. He led Chaminade with a .685 on-base percentage, and led his league with a .994 fielding percentage and 96.7 percent success rate at throwing out base stealers. He also played club ball for the Long Island Titans. Colantonio will compete for the starting duties behind the plate this spring.
Feit, who could also see time as an outfielder, joins the Bears from Pascack Hills High. A two-time team MVP and two-time All-League and All-North Jersey honoree, he set career highs with a 1.10 ERA and 76 strikeouts his senior season, while hitting .546.
Gormley, a four-year starter at Noble and Greenough School, was the 2007 ISL Co-Pitcher of the Year. He went 6-1 with a 0.70 ERA in 50 innings his senior season, posting 66 strikeouts and just nine walks. He also led Milton Legion Post 114 to the Massachusetts State Championship and a trip to the Legion World Series.
Greskoff will compete for time on the corners. He compiled 106 hits in his career at Malvern Prep, and was a three-time All-Inter-AC honoree. He was also a three-year Carpenter Cup team member, and was named All-City by the Philadelphia Daily News twice.
Karwaski was also a member of his county's Carpenter Cup team. He was an All-Central League and All-Delaware County performer for Penncrest High, and finished his career with 97 strikeouts in 69 innings pitched. He was a Puma/Under Armour Pre-Season All-American nominee.
Kimball held opponents to a .139 batting average in three seasons at Montgomery Bell Academy. A 2007 All-Region selection, he went 7-0 with five saves in his career, posting a 1.46 ERA. He also boasts a one-hitter on his resume.
Wedgworth holds the Alabama state record with three home runs in a game, but will contribute on the mound more than at the plate. He was named first team All-Metro by the Montgomery Advertiser in his senior year, and graduated with a 1.45 ERA and a 5-1 record. He struck out 41 batters in 34 innings, walking just three and holding opponents to a .172 batting average.
Zrenda is expected to compete for the starting job at second base in his first year out of Old Lyme High. He was the Shoreline Conference Player of the Year in 2007, and was a three-time All-Conference selection. He was named All-State twice by the New Haven Register and Conn. Coaches Association, and three times by the Hartford Courant. He set career records for hits (119), doubles (38), triples (8), home runs (7) and runs batted in (103) at Old Lyme. He led the Wildcats to two Conference Championships, including the team's first undefeated regular season in school history. On the mound, he was 17-0, with 123 strikeouts and a 0.59 ERA.
Bakowski has been practicing with the team as a walk-on. A graduate of Regis High in New York City, he was an All-Bronx/Manhattan Division selection in 2007. The New York Daily News named him second team All-New York City that season as well. He posted a 7-2 record as a pitcher, and led Regis in postseason home runs last year.