PRINCETON, N.J. -- In their final full week of games leading up to their Ivy openers, the Ancience Eight picked up a number of victories, led by the streaking Big Green and Bulldogs.
Dartmouth concluded its Spring Break trip to Florida by winning five straight and now sit at 9-4 overall, their best start since going 11-2 in 1998. Sophomore Chris O'Dowd has safely hit in all 13 games this season, stretching his hit streak to 20 games (dating back to May 8, 2010).
After having a pair of midweek games cancelled due to field conditions and inclement weather, Yale took a convincing four-game series from Hartford last week. The Bulldogs poured on hte offense, scoring 14, 15 and 17 runs in each of the final three games.
Penn took two of three from Lafayette as the Quakers played on their home field for the first time this season. Columbia also got off to a strong start at home, splitting a four-game set with Holy Cross. Harvard went 2-2 against NYIT, including a 10-6 win that matched the Crimson's season-high for runs in a game.
Princeton kept Navy from completing a four-game series with a 12-8 win over the Midshipmen while Brown opened a Californai swing with four losses to Santa Clara.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth’s Ennis Coble (Atlanta, Ga.) was an on-base machine last week, reaching base 17 times in 25 trips to the plate for a .680 on-base average, plus scored six times and led the Big Green with eight RBIs in their five games. The sophomore hit .579 (11-for-19) while slugging .737 as well, stroking three doubles. The first inning of the first game during the week was an omen of his performance to come as he doubled and walked during the 11-run frame. He had a career-best four-hit game and a three-hit game, plus reached base five times in another contest with a single and a personal-high four walks. Coble did not strike out once and has only fanned twice in 55 plate appearances all season.
Coble’s Weekly Statistics
5 GP, .579 AVG (11-for-19), .737 SLG%, 6 Runs, 3 2B, 5 BB, 8 RBIs, Team: 5-0
Columbia senior outfielder Nick Cox (Lake Mary, Fla.) was on a tear this weekend against Holy Cross, hitting .625 and posting a .667 on-base percentage in the four-game series. Cox had two four-hit games in the second game of each day’s doubleheader last weekend and went 2-for-4 in the opener on Sunday. In game two on Sunday, Cox was on base all five times, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. In Saturday’s nightcap, he had four hits in five at-bats, including a double and four stolen bases, a career-high for a single game. Cox also played an outstanding center field for the Lions, tracking down several fly balls during two windy days in New York.
Cox’s Weekly Statistics
4 GP, .625 AVG (10-for-16), .688 SLG%, 8 Runs, 1 2B, 2 BB, 5 SB, Team: 2-2
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth’s Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calif. ) put together his second straight dominating performance, facing just four over the minimum in his eight scoreless innings against UMBC. The junior right-hander needed just 86 pitches to strike out 11 Retrievers while walking only one and allowing three hits. He retired the first 11 batters he faced and the final nine, and not a single UMBC runner advanced past second base. For most of the game, he was on the mound with a lead of no more than three runs until Dartmouth doubled the lead in the bottom of the seventh, then broke it wide open with 11 in the eighth. That long inning cost Hendricks a shot at throwing his third career complete game as head coach Bob Whalen went to the bullpen to finish off what turned out to be a 17-2 win. For the season, Hendricks has a 1.35 ERA in 20 innings with 28 strikeouts.
Hendricks’ Weekly Statistics
1 APP, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 11K, 3 Hits, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth’s Dustin Selzer (Houston, Texas) hit safely in each of the four games he played in during the week while scoring six runs and driving in seven. The freshman 1B/DH also homered in consecutive games against UMBC, both of which were three-run jobs. In the first game, he scored twice after reaching on a single and a hit by pitch. The next day, Selzer went 2-for-4 with his first three-run bomb, doubling Dartmouth’s lead in the eighth inning in the 8-2 victory. His three-run jack the following afternoon turned a 3-0 game into a 6-0 Big Green advantage in the seventh before the Green blew out UMBC, 17-2. Selzer finished the week with a 2-for-4 performance and is hitting .370 on the young season.
Selzer’s Weekly Statistics
5 GP, .375 AVG (6-for-16), .750 SLG%, 6 Runs, 2 HR, 1 BB, 7 RBIs, Team: 5-0
Will Davis, Penn, Sr., C (Atlanta, Ga.)
3 GP, .600 AVG (6-for-10), 1.300 SLG%, 4 Runs, 1 2B, 2 HR, 2 BB, 5 RBIs, Team: 2-1
Mickey Brodsky, Cornell, Sr., 1B/OF (Encino, Calif.)
5 GP, .417 AVG (10-for-24), 1 Run, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SB, 5 RBIs, Team: 1-4
Marcus Way, Harvard, Jr., 1B (Naples, N.Y.)
4 GP, .364 AVG (4-for-11), 3 Runs, 1 HR, 6 BB, 2 SB, 3 RBIs, Team: 2-2
Cody Thomson, Penn, Fr., RHP (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
2 APP, 3.0 IP, 2K, 0 BB, 1 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1 SV, 1-0
Geoff Whitaker, Columbia, Sr., RHP (Peoria, Ariz.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 7.0 IP, 6K, 4 BB, 3 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
Brent Suter, Harvard, Jr., LHP (Cincinnati, Ohio)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7.0 IP, 9K, 1 BB, 2 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
Tuesday, March 29
La Salle at Penn, 3 pm
Brown at San Jose State, 6 pm
Wednesday, March 30
Le Moyne at Cornell, 3 pm
Sienna at Dartmouth, 3 pm
Qunnipiac at Yale, 3:30 pm
Columbia at Monmouth, 3:30 pm
Seton Hall at Princeton, 3:30 pm
Holy Cross at Harvard, 3:30 pm
Brown at San Jose State, 6 pm
Saturday, April 2
*Yale at Cornell (dh), Noon
*Brown at Princeton (dh), Noon
*Dartmouth at Columbia (dh), Noon
*Harvard at Penn (dh), Noon
Sunday, April 3
*Yale at Princeton (dh), Noon
*Brown at Cornell (dh), Noon
*Dartmouth at Penn (dh), Noon
*Harvard at Columbia (dh), 1 pm
Tuesday, April 5
TBA at Penn, 3 pm
Harvard at Bryant, 3:30 pm
Qunnipiac at Brown, 3:30 pm
Rutgers at Princeton, 3:30 pm
Northeastern at Yale, 3:30 pm
*Ivy League Contest