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COLLEGES:UCI style not so novel in Texas

May 30, 2007|By BARRY FAULKNER

Brown, which won the program's first Ivy League title after starting the season 1-8, is paced by Ivy League Player of the Year Devin Thomas (.389 with a school-record 16 homers and 64 RBIs) and All-Ivy outfielder Ryan Murphy (.402 in 132 at-bats).

Thomas is slugging .761 and his 1.43 RBIs per game led the nation through May 20.

Junior Jeff Dietz, the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, is also a first-team all-league first baseman for the Bears. He is 9-3, a school single-season record for wins, with a 2.53 ERA and seven complete games.

Some notable team stats: Brown's ERA is 5.05 and Wake Forest's is 4.80.

Brown has a woeful .953 fielding percentage, while Texas is fielding a glistening .978, just better than UCI's .974.

Wake was the No. 8 seed in the eight-team ACC Tournament, but made it to the final, where it lost 2006 NCAA runner-up North Carolina, 3-2.

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The Demon Deacons have only two players hitting better than .300.

Texas' combined ERA (3.47) is better than UCI's (.3.89).


BARRY FAULKNER may be reached at (714) 966-4615 or at barry.faulkner@latimes.com.

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