Mike Concato Named Ivy Rookie of the Week
With Dartmouth desperate for a win at Brown on Sunday to remain in the Rolfe Division race, Concato got the starting nod for the first game of the doubleheader and came through with his first career win with a seven-inning shutout. Although he surrendered a leadoff double, he proceeded to retire 15 of the next 16 batters he faced as the Big Green built up a 4-0 lead through five innings. The Bears touched him for their second hit in the sixth, but he induced an inning-ending double play with two men on base. In the seventh and final frame, Brown loaded the bases only to have Concato get the final out on a foul pop to finish off the 7-0 victory.
Concato surrendered just four hits and three walks while striking out a season-high six batters. The win was not only the first for Concato, but the 500th for Dartmouth head coach Bob Whalen in his 25th year at the helm of the Big Green.
With just six games remaining in the regular season, Concato leads Dartmouth with 43.1 innings and is second on the team with a 3.95 ERA. He has struck out 24 while walking just 12.
The first weekly award for a Big Green player this year came after the first week of play when senior outfielder Jeff Keller was pegged as the Ivy co-Player of the Week on March 4. On March 25, sophomore right-hander Duncan Robinson took home the Pitcher of the Week honor. Junior Thomas Roulis received the Player of the Week award last week as well.
Dartmouth (12-19, 7-9 Ivy) is scheduled to host St. Anselm (12-26) today at 3:30 p.m. This weekend, the Big Green will play their last four Ivy League games, beginning with a doubleheader at Harvard on Saturday at 1 p.m., followed by a twinbill for Senior Day on Sunday in Hanover at 1 p.m. Each of the home contests will be streamed live through Big Green Insider on the Ivy League Digital Network.