July 6, 2009
Berlin's Griswold already having success at Bryant
By KEN LIPSHEZ
When Plainville's David Soltis officially joins the Bryant
University baseball team, he'll be joining another local star in
former Berlin High pitcher Matt Griswold.
Griswold went 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA in 16 appearances as a sophomore for the Bulldogs last year.
"The easiest thing about coming back as a sophomore is you're more familiar with everything," Griswold said. "Freshman year you don't know what to expect. I feel like it's easier to work harder. I felt a lot more comfortable."
He's currently pitching for the Riverhead (N.Y.) Tomcats in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League and was slated to make his fourth start Friday night.
"After pitching limited innings as a freshman, he really took a
step forward this season, establishing a consistent role for
himself out of the bullpen," Bryant head coach Jamie Pinzino
"Matt became a key setup guy for us, often pitching the seventh inning, and appearing in many tight situations."
Griswold also gained from pitching in the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League in Colorado last summer. The ACBL, he feels, is a step up.
"This league is better than I thought it would be," he said. "There are some legit kids here."
Pinzino agreed that Griswold's summer visit on Long Island should benefit him.
"He really progressed with his fastball command, and we look for him to be a big contributor again next season," Pinzino said of the former All-Herald right-hander. "Pitching this summer in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League is getting him some valuable experience."