Brown making the most of his Northeastern opportunity
Tyler Brown truly believes in the old saying that when you have your health, you have everything.
This is really the former Alvirne High School pitching standout’s first full year in the Northeastern University starting rotation after a couple of years of being eased into things thanks to some injury woes, including a redshirt freshman year.
“Going into it you try to stay healthy,” said Brown, who was named the CAA Pitcher of the Week recently and is 5-3 4.93 for the Huskies in 56 innings pitched. “Last year I missed half the year, so (in the off-season) I stayed on the weights, trying to stay as healthy as I could.”
He’s showing what good health can mean, and getting better as the season goes on, allowing just three hits over his last 13.2 innings. Last year Brown suffered an elbow strain, and it was clear to compete at the Division I level he was going to have to get stronger. He barely weighed 165 pounds when he finished up at Alvirne, but now is in the 190-195 pound range and has hit at times anywhere between 90-93 miles per hour on the radar gun.
In fact, Brown has become such an integral member of the Huskies success – they are 26-13, 12-3 in the CAA and hoping for a good postseason run — that he was named a captain at the start of the season. That gave him a boost of confidence.
“It was an eye opener when I was named captain,” he said. “That got me going, it made me feel that I had to motivate the team and it definitely motivated me. Kind of a kick in the butt.”
Brown had setteled into being two or three-pitch pitcher, and was basically pitching out of the bullpen in his early time at NU. But last year he started developing another pitch, a cut fastball/slider to go with his fastball, change and curve.
“You can get guys out with two pitches,” he said, “but if one doesn’t work for you, then you get into trouble.”
Brown immediately saw the difference from high school to college once he settled into things at Northeastern, including how he treated his arm.
“In high school, my arm hurt every day,” he said. “The only day I would throw was when I was scheduled to start. Now I throw every single day, and if I don’t, I get anxious about it.
“Staying healthy is number one. Get into the weight room, get in shape, get stronger. It’s crazy how much knowledge I have now.”
Indeed, the last time Brown was on a mound locally was a few Junes ago with the Nashua Silver Knights. He had redshirted at Northeastern and was going to get a summer of getting back into a pitching groove. The problem was, he hadn’t thrown at all, and his arm immediately rebeled and after a couple of starts he had to be shut down.
Thus the Huskies have treated him with care. After tossing 50 innings each the last two summers, most recently with Laconia of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, he was shut down for the fall.
Now he’s built himself up to the point where he can have double-digit starts and do what he calls “all the little stuff” to stay healthy and get 12 starts and “go in fighting through the seventh inning”.
And now Brown isn’t constantly looking in the dugout fearing head coach Mike Glavine’s hook.
“He has trust in me now,” Brown said. “I can feel that coming from the dugout. It makes my job easier, and we have a great defense behind me.”
It’s a NU team that is loaded with players with local connections. One of Brown’s roommate is Huskies reliever Kyle Murphy, who closed out the Nashua Silver Knights Futures League title-clinching win at Holman Stadium last August. Infielder Max Burt played for the Knights three years ago. Souhegan alum Owen Batchelder is a freshman on the NU staff.
But Brown has come a long way in the last couple of years. But he knows the key to success.
“Staying healthy,” he said.
It was a tough end to the season for the Rivier University men’s lacrosse team, as the Raiders fell in triple OT to St. Joseph’s of Maine in the GNAC quarterfinals. St.Joe’s Michael Finn scored with 1:59 left in the third extra session.
Ryan scored three goals off 13 shots and added an assist with a pair of ground balls. Junior Rob Fullerton added a goal with three assists,Guinasso and Joe Kelland had a pair of goals each, andA.J. Gearin was 10 of 19 in draws with five ground balls.
Locals did well recently at UMass Lowell’s George Davis Invitational
Nashua’s Alana Murphy, competing for Southern New Hampshire University, finished first overall in the triple jump and was the top NCAA Division II finisher in the 100-meter hurdles. In the triple jump, Murphy propelled herself a distance of 11.21 meters (36 feet, 9.5 inches) to top the field of NCAA Division I and Division II student-athletes. In the 100 hurdles, Murphy completed the event in 15.42 seconds, which was tied with UMass Lowell’s Barbara Odiah for third overall.
The shotput and the discus also included local success as Milford’s Sydney Orsorio had a throw of 28.91 meters (94 feet, 10 inches) in the discus and was No. 14 overall. Also, for the University of New Hampshire, Aidan Sullivan of Nashua was runnerup in the 1500 4:04.77…..
Bishop Guertin alum and senior Johnny Karanasios of Bedford, scooped three ground balls and caused two turnovers, and fellow BG alum senior Jake Sonberg ) worked the first 23:26 with four saves in a recent St. Michael’s win…
Back to track, where UMass-Lowell sophomore sophomore Danielle Poublon of Nashua won the women’s high jump t clearing the bar at 5Ã¢ÂÂ² 5 1/4Ã¢ÂÂ³at a recent meet at Umass-Amherst…
BG lacrosse alum Blake Boudreau won 13 of 20 faceoffs, and scooped up 10 ground balls in a recent Merrimack College win as Merrimack goes into the post season as the NE-10 No. 2 seed.
Also for Merrimack, Amherst’s Lauren Trepaney had 12 saves in goal in a recent game, as Merrimack begins conference tourney quarterfinal play on Wednesday…
Alvirne alum Sara Siteman recnetly hit a solo homer for UMass Lowell softball in sweep of StonyBrook, as the River Hawks matched their best total for America East conference wins (12-2)….
Also getting ready for the post season is Guertin golf alum Tommy Ethier of Nashua, a freshman at Bentley University. He takes a 74 stroke average leads Bentley into the East and Atlantic regional tournaments will be held jointly at The Resort at Glade Springs in Daniels, W.V. May 7-9. The top three teams (regardless of region) and the top two student-athletes not with a qualifying team will advance to the finals, which will be held May 21-25 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail and the Shoals Fighting Joe Course in Muscle Shoals, Alabama.
Sixty spring student-athletes, including Hudson’s Brittney Lambert, represented WPI on their respective NEWMAC Academic All-Conference teams.
Honorees must have met the following criteria: earned a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 scale or 4.35/5.0 scale after the 2017 fall semester, achieved second year academic status at their institution, and been a member of the varsity team for the entire season.
Lambert played basketball this past winter for WPI and is also on the spring track team.