Brown revitalizes college career as pitcher, 3-0 as PLU starter

March 27, 2015

Garrett Brown BaseballWhen he was younger, Garrett Brown of Anchorage was one of the most promising pitchers in Alaska. Then he hurt his right arm and became a catcher.

He was good enough to land at spot at Pacific Lutheran University, but he never really ever settled in behind the plate.

He belonged on the bump.

Brown is back on the mound and pitching better than ever. The junior starter has a 3-0 record and a tidy 2.53 ERA in 32 innings for the NCAA D3 school Washington.

“Honestly, I’m not extremely surprised about how I’ve pitched,” he told me. “I was always itching to get back on the mound and I thought I was never going to after my injury my senior year [of high school].

“My surgeon did an amazing job a year and half ago and he’s made it so I can pitch again. Obviously I miss catching, but I see myself as more of a pitcher.”

Brown, of Service High fame, is a big part of a 17-7 PLU team that is ranked No. 23 nationally.

The Lutes also feature Anchorage third baseman Tyler Thompson, who is hitting .333 in 22 games and leads the team with 3 home runs, 10 doubles and 48 total bases.

Brown and Thompson have played baseball together since they were 9 years old.

“It seems that every one of my starts he gets a couple big hits to help me out,” Brown said. “He’s having a huge year and it’s awesome to continue playing with him.”

Brown’s super season is even more impressive if you consider he hadn’t thrown a pitch in college before this year. Yet he has averaged a strikeout per inning, including 19 over his last two starts.

He had 10 Ks against Whitworth and fanned 9 against Whitman.

“The strikeouts come with locating pitches and getting ahead of batters,” he said. “I trust my defense so it makes me have confidence throwing any pitch.

“My pitching coach [Sean Taunt] is incredible and has helped me get to where I am. Without him, I would not be pitching like I am recently.”