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Hunter, Olson Pick Up Weekly Ivy Baseball Awards

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Kyle Hunter (left) and Thomas Olson     By Beverly Schaefer
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth junior Kyle Hunter and freshman right-hander Thomas Olson each earned one of the weekly baseball awards from the Ivy League today, with Hunter being named the co-Pitcher of the Week and Olson the Rookie of the Week. Hunter, who shared the honor with Cornell’s Connor Kaufmann, is the first Big Green pitcher to earn the award since May 3 of last year, while Olson is the third Dartmouth freshman to be chosen this season.

Hunter, a 5-11 left-hander from Palm City, Fla., recorded his first career shutout in a 2-0 triumph over Yale on Saturday afternoon at Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park. The southpaw needed just 67 pitches to complete the seven-inning contest, allowing only three hits and facing one batter over the minimum thanks to a pair of double plays behind him. Hunter did not walk a batter and struck out three in an ultra-efficient performance that led to the game lasting a mere one hour and 13 minutes.

Since getting off to a slow start this season, Hunter has completed three consecutive starts, yielding just one run over his last two games.

Olson also quieted the Bulldog bats on the mound over the weekend, pulling double duty in the doubleheader played on Friday. The 5-10 right-hander from Manhattan, Kan., was summoned from the bullpen in the opener with Dartmouth clinging to a 4-3 lead in the seventh and final frame with a man on first and one out. It took just six pitches for Olson to preserve the victory for his fourth save of the season. In the second game, his services were called upon once again with the score knotted at four with a runner on second and one out in the top of the ninth. Again Olson got the final two outs of the inning, then remained in the game to get the Big Green through the 10th, 11th and 12th innings. All told, he hurled 3.2 scoreless innings in the game, allowing Dartmouth to win the game in the bottom of the 12th and give Olson his first career victory.

For the season, Olson boasts a 1.73 ERA in 26.0 innings, holding the opposition to a .196 batting average while walking four and striking out 16.

The last Big Green moundsman to be chosen as the Pitcher of the Week was Kyle Hendricks, who earned the award three times last year with the last coming on May 3. Olson joins outfield Matt Robinson and left-hander Adam Frank as the team’s recipients of the Rookie of the Week this season.

Earning a spot on the league’s honor roll was sophomore first baseman Dustin Selzer, who had three game-winning hits last week, including a 12th-inning walk-off single and a two-run homer in Hunter’s 2-0 victory.

Dartmouth (17-15, 11-5 Ivy), winners of eight straight, plays six games this week beginning with Quinnipiac (6-32) at home this afternoon at 3 p.m. After traveling to Boston College on Wednesday, the Big Green play a four-game Ivy League series against Harvard (11-27, 7-11 Ivy), the first two in Cambridge on Saturday and the latter two in Hanover on Sunday. Dartmouth needs just one win over the Crimson to clinch its fifth consecutive Rolfe Division title and advance to the Ivy Championship Series, but must win all four games to have a chance to host the best-of-three playoff against the winner of the Gehrig Division.