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Sclafani Named to Wallace Award Watch List

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Senior co-captain Joe Sclafani     By Mark Washburn
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth shortstop Joe Sclafani was one of 50 Division I shortstops around the country to be selected for the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List as announced by the College Baseball Hall of Fame. The Wallace Award, sponsored by Mizuno, recognizes the nation’s top shortstop and will be presented on June 30 in Lubbock, Texas, as part of the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Night of Champions.

Both the Pac-12 and the Southeastern Conference have seven players on the list, while Sclafani is the lone shortstop from the Ivy League.

The senior from Palm City, Fla., has compiled impressive numbers during his four-year career at Dartmouth. This season, Sclafani co-captained the Big Green to their fifth consecutive Rolfe Division title while hitting .296 while leading the team with 32 runs scored, 13 doubles, three triples and 24 walks. An All-Ivy selection in each of his first three years — twice on the first team — he broke the conference record for career triples with 19 as well as the school record for walks with 97, the latter of which had stood for 26 years. He is also fifth all-time in the Ivy League with 218 hits, plus has played and started in more games, and come to the plate more often, than any Big Green player in the 140-year history of the varsity program. In the field, Sclafani sports a .950 fielding percentage this year and holds school records for assists in a season (162 as a freshman) and a career (504).

“Of course, we look at all the statistics — batting average, double, triples, home run, etc. — when developing our watch lists, but for a shortstop award, fielding percentage has to be of huge importance,” said Kevin Dunagan, Wallace Award co-chair. “Each of these young men has compiled statistics that justify their place on this list.”

Dartmouth is playing at Cornell against the Big Red this weekend in the Ivy Championship Series, a best-of-three affair that will determine the league champion. The Big Green are vying for their eighth Ivy League title and third in four years. The series begins on Saturday, May 5 with a noon doubleheader at Hoy Field in Ithaca, N.Y.