Baseball Team 1994

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Front Row: Victor Nunez, Rich Judy, Scott Hevesy, Jason Mahon, Jason Sachs, Devin Kleiner
Middle Row: Rick Plummer, Andy McGrath, Doug Stead, Derek Butts (co-captain), Mark Woodworth (co-captain), Chris Stenwall, Will Brandenburger, Greg Suchon, Mike MacClary (assistant coach)
Back Row: Pete M. Kostacopoulos (assistant coach), Jed Hoyer, Dave Orozco, Jon Churchill, Matt Carey, Bryan Keane, Jesse Carpenter, Craig Brewer, Josh Pepe, Peter Kostacopoulos (head coach)

The 1994 Wesleyan baseball team that reached the final game of the Division III “World Series” was the first Cardinal athletic team to play in an NCAA Division III tournament. The team took full advantage of the decision by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) presidents to waive the restriction on NCAA tournament play starting in 1993-94. The Cardinals had an impressive regular season and qualified as the top seed and host of the New England regional, played at Palmer Field in Middletown. Wesleyan went 3-0, beating UMass Dartmouth (7-3) and Southern Maine twice (7-4 and 10-4) to capture the regional crown. That earned Wesleyan the right to represent New England in the NCAA Division III World Series held in Battle Creek, Mich.

At the World Series, Wesleyan defeated the College of Wooster, 3-1, in the first round, then became one of just two teams to boast a 2-0 mark after two games with a win over Carthage, 6-3. Taking on defending national champion Wisconsin-Oshkosh in a winner’s bracket game, the Cardinals fell to the Titans, 12-3. In Wesleyan’s first elimination game, the Cardinals bested the University of California-San Diego, 5-1, to earn a rematch with undefeated Oshkosh. The second game was closer, but Wesleyan again came up short, losing 6-2 as the Titans rode the arm of future major-leaguer Jarrod Washburn in the title game.

Led by Head Coach Peter Kostacoupoulos, then in his 21st season in charge of Wesleyan baseball, the Cardinals posted a school-record of 30 wins and 8 losses, including a 9-3 stint in Florida to open the season, in which Wesleyan defeated three Division I opponents – Boston University (8-2), Army (9-4) and Columbia (6-0).

Among the standout players, right-handed pitcher Craig Brewer ’94 was named a second-team Division III All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Part of a Cardinal pitching staff that recorded a 3.66 team ERA, Brewer led with a 12-0 record and a team-best 2.06 ERA. Outfielder Will Brandenburger paced the offense with a team-leading .402 batting average. The seniors on the squad – Derek Butts, Doug Stead, Chris Stenwall, Ricky Plummer, Greg Suchon, Andy McGrath and Mark Woodworth – won four straight Little Three baseball titles.

Record: 30-8

Date Opponent Location Score W/L/T

Mar. 6 Boston University Florida 8-2 W
Mar. 9 Baruch Florida 21-1 (7 inns.) W
Mar. 10 Palm Beach Atlantic# Florida 8-6 (7 inns.) W
Mar. 10 Warner Southern# Away 7-9 (7 inns.) L
Mar. 11 Bethel# Florida 6-2 (7 inns.) W
Mar. 11 Webber# Florida 8-1 (7 inns.) W
Mar. 12 Webber# Florida 0-3 (7 inns.) L
Mar. 15 Providence Florida 2-9 L
Mar. 16 Northwood Institute Florida 11-7 W
Mar. 19 Army Florida 9-4 W
Mar. 20 Columbia Florida 6-0 W
Mar. 21 M.I.T. Florida 8-7 W
Mar. 26 Middlebury Home 14-7 W
Apr. 2 Brandeis Away 12-9 (7 inns.)/2-1 (7 inns.) W/W
Apr. 4 Springfield Home 5-4 W
Apr. 7 Albertus Magnus Home 11-2 W
Apr. 9 Williams Home 5-13 L
Apr. 12 Eastern Connecticut Away 7-6 (11 inns.) W
Apr. 17 Trinity Home 11-2 (7 inns.)/6-4 (7 inns.) W/W
Apr. 19 Coast Guard Away 11-2 W
Apr. 20 Quinnipiac Home 3-4 L
Apr. 23 Williams Away 10-1 (7 inns.)/4-1 (7 inns.) W/W
Apr. 30 Amherst Home 1-0 (7 inns.)/12-3 (7 inns.) W/W
May 4 Amherst Away 6-8 L
May 7 Bowdoin Away 3-0 (7 inns.)/4-3 (7 inns.) W/W
May 19 UMass Dartmouth@ Home 7-3 W
May 20 Southern Maine@ Home 7-4 W
May 21 Southern Maine@ Home 10-4 W
May 26 Wooster^ Battle Creek, MI 3-1 W
May 28 Carthage^ Battle Creek, MI 6-3 W
May 29 Wisconsin-Oshkosh^ Battle Creek, MI 3-12 L
May 30 UC-San Diego^ Battle Creek, MI 5-1 W
May 31 Wisconsin-Oshkosh^ Battle Creek, MI 2-6 L

#Warner Southern Tournament game
@NCAA Div.III New England Regional Tournament game
^NCAA Div. III College World Series game