Cal's Matt Brown Excels in Cape Cod League Action
Aug. 14, 2002
BERKELEY, CALIF. - University of California right-hander Matt Brown had an outstanding summer playing for the Bourne Braves in the Cape Cod League. Brown, who will be a junior at Cal this spring, went 3-3 with a 1.20 ERA, recording 59 strikeouts with only 11 walks in 52.0 innings of action for the Bourne Braves. His 59 strikeouts were third-best in the Cape Cod League.
Brown was also the starting pitcher for the Cape Cod League West All-Star Team, and despite only throwing one inning, was the winning pitcher. In his one inning of action, he gave up one hit with one walk and three strikeouts in the West's 4-1 victory over the East on July 27.
Another Golden Bear who competed in the Cape Cod League this summer was outfielder Brian Horwitz. Horwitz, who will be a junior this spring, played for the Hyannis Mets, batting .269 with a double and four RBI in nine games. His summer season was cut short when he broke his wrist in a collision at first base on July 3, but he should be ready to play for Cal in January.
David Nicholson, a sophomore to be infielder/outfielder for the Bears, played for the Anchorage Pilots in the Alaska League this summer. Nicholson batted .239 with four doubles, 14 RBI and six stolen bases, helping Anchorage to a second place finish at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas.
Two more Cal players who have performed well this summer are right-handed pitcher Jesse Ingram and left-handed powerhitter Justin Nelson. Ingram and Nelson, who will both be sophomores next spring for the Bears, are teammates on the Alexandria (Minnesota) Beetles in the Northwoods League.
Ingram is currently 0-1 with a 2.30 ERA and has a league-leading 10 saves. He has pitched in 28 games with 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 31.0 innings, and opponents are batting .218 against him. Nelson is currently hitting .250 with 13 doubles, a triple, a league-leading eight home runs and 35 RBI.