HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League today announced its 2017 all-conference baseball teams as voted on by the league's coaches, and a total of six Dartmouth players were recognized, most notably senior Beau Sulser who was selected as the conference's Pitcher of the Year. He was also the lone Big Green player on the first team, while three others made the second team and two more earned honorable mention.
Two Columbia players took home the Player and Rookie of the Year awards in third baseman Randell Kanemaru and outfielder Julian Bury, respectively. Yale head coach John Stuper was a unanimous choice as Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to their first Ivy League title in 23 years.
Sulser, a 6-2, 195-pound right-handed pitcher from Santa Ysabel, California, is the second Pitcher of the Year for Dartmouth in the last three years and fifth overall since the inception of the award in 1977. Three times he was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week during the season as he posted a 6-1 record over seven starts with a miniscule 1.40 ERA that not only leads the league, but also ranks sixth among Division I pitchers. With 52 strikeouts and just five walks in 45.0 innings, Sulser boasted the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.40, third nationally) and fewest walks issued per nine innings (1.0, 11th nationally) in the Ivy League. He also held the opposition to a league-low .201 batting average, and his WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) of 0.80 ranks third in the country as well.
Sulser did not allow an earned run in four of his seven starts, including a stellar performance at then-17th-ranked Miami on March 3 when he held the Hurricanes to a mere two hits and one walk with a season-high 10 strikeouts over seven innings in a 1-0 victory. Against conference competition, he went 4-1 with a 1.91 ERA — again, the lowest in the league — while completing four of his five starts. In 33.0 innings, Sulser struck out 34 and walked only four batters, and in the final start of his career twirled a seven-inning, two-hit shutout at Harvard.
The trio of Big Green players named to the second team were starting pitcher Michael Danielak, reliever Chris Burkholder and outfielder Kyle Holbrook, each earning All-Ivy honors for the first time in their careers. Danielak tied for second in the league with seven victories against just two defeats in nine starts that spanned 58.0 innings. The senior right-hander from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, struck out a team-high 55 batters and walked just 10 in recording a 2.64 ERA, third-best in the conference. Like Sulser, Danielak also held Miami scoreless for seven innings to clinch the series with a 5-0 triumph, and he also beat another ranked team in UCF with eight-innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 triumph.
Burkholder, a senior right-hander from Monrovia, California, tied for the league lead with eight saves, which rank as the second-most by any Dartmouth reliever ever. He appeared in 17 games, posting a 2.20 ERA over 28.2 innings with 31 strikeouts while holding opposing hitters to a .190 average. He shut the door on all four victories over the ranked opponents (Miami and UCF), earning three saves in the process, and he collected three more saves in conference play.
The team leader in batting (.329) and RBIs (31), Holbrook was a consistent force at the plate all season for the Big Green, reaching base at least once in 38 of the 40 games during the season. A junior from Broomfield, Colorado, Holbrook also tied for the team lead with 50 hits, 16 multi-hit games and nine games with at least two RBIs while collecting eight doubles and four home runs.
The two honorable mentions for Dartmouth were senior first baseman Michael Ketchmark, who led the Green in six offensive categories including runs (31), doubles (12), home runs (5) and slugging percentage (.527), and freshman designated hitter Michael Calamari who hit .325 for the season and an even .400 with a .509 on-base percentage against Ivy League pitching.
Notes: The other Dartmouth pitchers to earn Ivy League Pitcher of the Year are Mike Remlinger '88 (1987), Conor Brooks '00 (2000), Russell Young '08 (2008) and Duncan Robinson '16 (2015) ... Sulser's older brother, Cole Sulser '12, was a first-team selection for the Big Green in 2011 ... Yale had the most players earn All-Ivy League honors with eight, while Columbia had seven and Brown and Cornell joined Dartmouth with six apiece ... during Bob Whalen's 28-year tenure as the Big Green's head coach, Dartmouth has 74 All-Ivy first-team selections; no other Ivy squad has more than 53.