Just months removed from its approval as Brown’s newest club sport, the club baseball team already has a title under its belt. This past fall, the team accrued an 8-4 record in the New England Club Baseball Association, winning games against Emmanuel, Harvard, Babson, Tufts, and Trinity en route to a Southeast Division title.
Although Brown fell in the playoffs in October to the University of Vermont, team captains Jonah Newman and Dante O’Connell, both juniors, could not be prouder. Along with Evan Stern (another junior who is spending this year abroad), Newman and O’Connell had worked for almost two years to get the club program off the ground. The fall 2014 season was preceded by a much less successful spring season—the team participated unofficially in the American Club Baseball Association as “College Hill Baseball”—and before that, by a Brown-sanctioned intramural series. But last July, the team finally received the privilege to compete against other schools as the Brown Bears.
The division title was an even more significant accomplishment given that Brown, which recently expanded to 31 club sports to go along with 38 varsity programs, was unable to fund or provide facilities to club baseball. So the team paid out-of-pocket for everything—uniforms, equipment, field rentals, and batting cage trips.