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Purritano Named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American

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By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League Rookie of the Year, Dartmouth designated hitter Joe Purritano, was chosen as one of 109 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball. Purritano is the only player from the Ivy League, and the fifth Big Green player in the past five seasons (eighth overall), to be selected for the honor.

Purritano quickly developed into one of the Ivy League’s top hitters during his freshman campaign. The native of Woodcliff Lake, N.J., finished the season with a .343 average, six doubles, three triples, five home runs and 30 RBIs in 108 at-bats. In conference play, he led the league with a .719 slugging percentage and tied for the lead with his five four-baggers. He also tied for second with 18 RBIs and finished fourth with a .368 average. Four of his long balls came in one weekend against Brown as he was named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by Collegiate Baseball, the first known Big Green player to earn the honor.

LSU shortstop Alex Bregman (.385, 6 HR, 52 RBI) was pegged as the Freshman Player of the Year, while Cal State Fullerton right-hander Thomas Eshelman (12-2, 1.59 ERA) earned the Freshman Pitcher of the Year award.

Notes: The other seven Big Green players to earn this distinction are shortstop Brian Nickerson ’00 in 1997, designated hitter Mike Mileusnic ’03 in 2000, right-handed pitcher Stephen Perry ’07 in 2004, right-handed pitcher Kyle Hendricks ’12 and shortstop Joe Sclafani ’12 in 2009, catcher Chris O'Dowd ’13 in 2010 and right-handed reliever Thomas Olson ’15 in 2012.