The marriage between Alvirne of Hudson’s Tyler Brown and Northeastern University was love at first sight, or close to it.
Brown said he was confident Northeastern was the place for him shortly after he first stepped on campus, so when Northeastern coach Neil McPhee extended a scholarship offer last summer Brown didn’t wait to see what other schools would make similar offers. About a week later he made a verbal commitment to attend Northeastern and play college baseball for the Huskies.
“I kind of fell in love with Northeastern when I went to a pitching showcase there,” Brown explained. “The coaches were really nice. Then I went to a couple games and I felt I would fit in. Everything just felt right for me.”
Brown, a senior who throws right-handed, made things official Wednesday, when he signed a National Letter of Intent (LOI), a binding agreement between the student-athlete and the school that is offering a scholarship.
“They were the school that was on to him early in the game,” Alvirne coach Mike Lee said. “I told them that this kid is under the radar. He’s 6-foot-4 with tremendous upside because of his body, his physique. They were at numerous games of ours (last spring) tracking him.
“Then he played well for an elite showcase team (the North East Rays) last summer. That sealed the deal (to make a scholarship offer). That might have given them more incentive to close the deal, so to speak.”
Boston College, Maine, Massachusetts, Hartford and Duke also showed significant interest in Brown, who posted a 5-1 record with a 1.25 ERA last season at Alvirne. He had 52 strikeouts in 33 innings, and his only loss came in a relief appearance.
The potential to add velocity to a fastball that’s already in the high 80s is among the things that made Brown attractive to college coaches. He also throws a curveball and a changeup.
“He’s committed to getting stronger,” Lee said. “He’s got a live arm that gets people’s attention. The other thing is he hasn’t pitched a lot of innings.
“Northeastern pursued him hard. They have a number of New Hampshire kids on their roster, so they do believe in New Hampshire kids.”
Outfielder Connor Lyons (Bedford), outfielder Sean Lyons (Bedford), catcher Josh Treff (Salem) and pitcher Keegan Taylor (Greenland) are the New Hampshire residents currently on the Northeastern roster.
Brown, a Division I First Team all-state selection last season, also plays varsity basketball and varsity golf for Alvirne.
“I think right now the biggest thing for me is to get stronger, then the (added) velocity will come,” Brown said. “They say when you walk on campus you know it’s the one. That’s how it felt for me.”
McNulla to Virginia
Brittany McNulla, a catcher who helped Campbell of Litchfield win last year’s Division III softball championship, signed an NLI on Wednesday and has accepted a full athletic scholarship to play softball for the University of Virginia.
McNulla, a senior, verbally committed to Virginia as a sophomore. She had a .648 batting average with 16 doubles, 32 runs scored, 29 RBIs and a .970 fielding percentage last season.
Campbell beat White Mountains of Whitefield 7-5 in the Division III championship game.
BC gets Giampetruzzi
Trinity of Manchester pitcher Carmen Giampetruzzi is also among the New Hampshire high school athletes who signed an NLI on Wednesday, when he officially committed to play baseball at Boston College. Giampetruzzi was a Division I First Team All-State baseball selection last spring.
Giampetruzzi is a three-sport varsity athlete who helped Trinity win the Division I basketball championship last season. He is also the starting quarterback for Trinity, which will play at Portsmouth in Saturday’s Division II semifinals. He completed 11 of 15 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns in a 58-37 victory over Portsmouth earlier this season.