The Bulldogs barked loudly and clearly on Friday night. Their 44 wins were no fluke.
Adding to what has been a great year for NEC teams in NCAA Tournament competition, Bryant baseball topped SEC member Arkansas, 4-1, in the opening round of the Manhattan, KS regional.
Notching their 45th win of the season, the Bulldogs are moving further away than the previous NEC single-season wins (41) record, which was set by Central Connecticut in 2004.
Bryant broke a 1-1 tie when NEC Player of the Year Kevin Brown laced a line-drive single to CF that plated AJ Zarozny. The Bulldogs added two more in the inning and Sal Lisanti made it stand up.
The NEC champions will now take on Big 12 member Kansas State in the winners’ bracket game on Saturday.
What a Day for Brown
Showing what he can do for you, Kevin Brown went 3-for-4 with a run and the game-winning RBI single on Friday night in Bryant’s 4-1 NCAA Tournament triumph. The left-handed hitting slugger’s performance came hours after the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-America Teams were announced with Brown nabbing a spot on the Second Team. Not a bad day at all for the 2013 NEC Player of the Year. (Read the full story on his Academic All-America Selection)
NEC in NCAA
The Bulldogs are the fifth NEC team to post a NCAA Tournament victory during the 2012-13 academic year.
Fairleigh Dickinson men’s soccer started it off with wins over St. John’s and Saint Louis on its way to the College Cup Sweet 16.
Wagner football followed by pounding Patriot League champion Colgate, 31-20, in a NCAA FCS First Round game.
Next, FDU bowling made its annual pilgrimage to the NCAA Championship. The Knights, who have won national titles in 2006 and 2010, went 5-2 in traditional team play and also scored a best-of-seven baker win over Sam Houston State after bowing out with losses to Vanderbilt and UMES.
Central Connecticut softball took a 9-1 win over Northwestern State.
Need we remind you that Bryant men’s lacrosse opened its NCAA First Round matchup by scoring the first four goals of the game against National No. 1 seed, and eventual runner-up Syracuse before falling, 12-7.
Oh, and this list doesn’t include Robert Morris’ NIT men’s hoops win over defending NCAA champion Kentucky. (Relive RMU’s Victory with this NEC Front Row Documentary).