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Co-Rookies of the Year Named Freshman All-America

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Columbia's Dario Pizzano (Saugus, Mass.) and Dartmouth's Chris O'Dowd (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) gained a spot on Louisville Slugger's Freshmen All-American team, it was announced Wednesday by Collegiate Baseball.

Pizzano was one of 14 outfielders on the national list after a sensational rookie season with the Lions. Named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year in May, Pizzano batted .374 with 12 home runs, 36 runs batted and an Ivy League leading .741 slugging percentage.

Pizzano closed his season on a tear, batting .464 with 10 home runs and 27 runs batted in during his last 24 games. He was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week and earned national recognition in April when he was named one of Collegiate Baseball's Players of the Week after batting .650 with five home runs and 11 runs batted in during games against Rutgers, Dartmouth and Harvard.

Despite being sidelined at the start of the season with a case of mono, O'Dowd gradually worked his way into the lineup and took over as the team's starting catcher. He is currently fourth in the Ivy League with a robust .382 batting average and third with a .664 slugging percentage, plus leads the loop with a .489 on-base percentage. His six homers are tied for the team lead while he ranks second on the squad with 29 runs, 11 doubles, 73 total bases and 23 walks. Behind the plate, he has not committed an error in 155 chances. In conference play, O'Dowd hit a team-leading .385 with eight doubles, two homers and 12 RBIs.

O'Dowd was one of five catchers named to the squad.

The complete team can be found at BaseballNews.