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Kyle Hunter (left) and Trent Goodrich

Hunter, Goodrich Earn Weekly Ivy Baseball Honors

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 03/19/2013
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced its weekly baseball honors today, bestowing the Pitcher of the Week award to Dartmouth senior Kyle Hunter and the Rookie of the Week award to Big Green freshman Trent Goodrich. This is the first rookie honor from the conference for the Big Green this season, but the second pitching honor for the team and the second of Hunter’s career.

Since 2000, Dartmouth has received 68 weekly baseball awards from the Ivy League, by far the most among the eight schools.

A left-handed pitcher from Palm City, Fla., Hunter picked up his first victory of the season by shutting out UAB over six innings on seven hits, a walk and two hit batters while striking out four as the Big Green cruised to a 4-0 triumph. Despite allowing 10 base runners, Hunter was rarely in trouble, as he had two out and nobody on in each of the first five innings. The Blazers did threaten in the first, but had a runner gunned down trying to steal home, and again in the sixth when they loaded the bases with two out. But Hunter got the third out on a routine fly to center.

For the season, Hunter has not given up a run over 11 innings while fanning 14 and holding the opposition to a .205 batting average.

Goodrich, an infielder from Chandler, Ariz., was pressed into duty at shortstop in the sixth inning of the first game on the 10-game trip in Florida when an injury forced a starter out of the lineup. He promptly picked up his first two collegiate hits to finish up a 5-2 win over Army, then went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs in an 11-4 triumph against LIU Brooklyn the next day. Goodrich added a hit in four trips to the plate against UAB, finishing his week with a .455 average (5-for-11).

Earning spots on the league’s weekly honor roll were senior right-hander Cole Sulser for also hurling six shutout innings in the win over Army, and sophomore catcher Matt MacDowell who hit .500 (6-for-12) with a game-winning two-run triple in the ninth against Army, and a home run and four RBIs against LIU. MacDowell was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com Ivy League Player of the week as well.

Later today, Dartmouth will attempt to tie the school record by winning its eight straight game to start the season when it takes on Vassar (4-1) at Chain of Lakes Stadium in Winter Haven, Fla., at 3 p.m.
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