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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth baseball team awards were handed out at the annual end-of-year team banquet last night with first baseman Michael Ketchmark taking home two of the honors. Head coach Bob Whalen also announced that infielder Dustin Shirley and pitcher Cole O'Connor have been elected as captains for the 2018 season.

Ketchmark, a native of Dallas, Texas, was named as the Big Green's Most Valuable Player and Best Offensive Player after leading the team in six offensive statistical categories — home runs (5), doubles (12), runs (31), total bases (77), on-base percentage (.408) and slugging percentage (.527). the team captain hit .329 on the season as well while recording 25 RBIs, plus walked as much as he struck out (19) as the cleanup hitter in the order. An All-Ivy League honorable mention at first base for a second straight year, Ketchmark completed his career with a .264 average, 13 home runs and 73 RBIs while setting a school record with 1,060 putouts in the field.

There was no surprise in the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year going to senior right-hander Beau Sulser, who earlier that day had been named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. The native of Santa Ysabel, California, led the conference with a 1.40 ERA while sporting a 6-1 record in seven starts, striking out 52 batters and walking just five in 45.0 innings. Opponents hit a league-low .201 against him, and he is among the top 10 nationally in five categories, including ERA (sixth), strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.40, second) and walks issued per nine innings (1.0, 10th). His best start of the season came at then-17th-ranked Miami against which he twirled seven shutout innings on two hits and walk to go with a season-high 10 strikeouts. Sulser ended his career with a 13-7 record, 3.48 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 142.1 innings.

Freshman Trevor Johnson from Rye, New York, was chosen as the team's Rookie of the Year. The center fielder started 38 of the 40 games, batting leadoff in every one, and hit .250 with four home runs, 28 runs, 21 RBIs and an Ivy-leading 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts. He was the catalyst in both wins over the Miami Hurricanes, scoring the lone run in a 1-0 victory after hitting a double on the first pitch of the game, then blasting a home run to lead off the 5-0 triumph. His 17 stolen bases were the most by a Big Green player in over a decade, and four more than his father — former Pittsburgh Pirate and New York Met Mark Johnson '90 — had in four years playing for the Big Green.

The Most Improved Player award went to junior Justin Fowler from Aliso Viejo, California. The third baseman boosted his batting average nearly 100 points to .308 this season to go with an on-base percentage of .374 and a slugging percentage of .430, both more than 100 points higher than a year ago in roughly the same number of plate appearances. His .358 average in Ivy League play led the team, and he manned the hot corner effectively all season with just four errors in 31 starts at the position.

Taking home the James H. Cooke Award, which is bestowed upon the four-year letterwinner who has done the most for Big Green baseball during his career, was senior Chris Burkholder from Monrovia, California. The right-handed reliever took over the closing duties this year, recording a 2.20 ERA in 17 appearances and tied for the Ivy League lead with eight saves as he earned a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team. He recorded the final outs in all four victories over ranked opponents this year, earning three saves in the process, and held hitters to a paltry .190 average. Over his four years, he pitched in 62 games — second all-time for the program — and earned 12 saves along the way in over 100 innings on the mound.

Finally, senior Ben Socher was chosen as Dartmouth's Teammate of the Year. The outfielder was a regular starter as a sophomore, earning the Most Improved Player Award back in 2015. Whether or not his name was in the lineup the past two seasons, he always came prepared to contribute and support his teammates. He finished his final season playing in 21 of the 40 games, primarily off the bench, and registered a career .234 hitter in nearly 250 at-bats.

As for the captains, Shirley has been a starter all three years with the Big Green, earning All-Ivy honorable mention in 2016 at second base. The rising senior from Los Angeles, California, is a career .267 hitter in 434 at-bats over 123 games with 17 doubles, nine triples and a home run to his credit. O'Connor, a rising junior from Bedford, Massachusetts, has been a member of the weekend rotation in each of his first two seasons in Hanover, going 4-4 with a solid 3.74 ERA in 17 starts, striking out 52 while walking just 17 batters in 86.2 innings.