Baseball Hands Out Team Awards, Names Captains
A native of Atherton, California, Keller received both the team MVP and the James H. Cooke Award, the latter as the four-year letterwinner who has done the most for Big Green baseball during his career. The outfielder wrapped up a terrific career with the Big Green by leading the team with a .308 batting average, .381 on-base percentage, 45 hits and 29 runs scored while pacing the Ivy League with 15 doubles to earn a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team and All-New England Third Team. He finished his career with a school-record 53 two-baggers and a .339 average, the 16th highest ever at Dartmouth. The first Academic All-American in Big Green baseball history and an All-America honorable mention as a junior, Keller was also one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for baseball this year, which recognizes an individual’s academic standing, community involvement, their overall character and their production in competition.
Robinson was not only Dartmouth’s Pitcher of the Year, he was also recognized as the Most Improved Player. The Houston, Texas, native saw limited action on the mound as a freshman in 2013 with a veteran-laden staff as he compiled a 4.32 ERA in 16.2 innings out of the bullpen. In his sophomore campaign, he blossomed into the team’s top weapon on the mound, mostly out of the bullpen. The 6-6, 215-pound right-hander tied for the league lead with seven victories and ranked ninth with an ERA of 2.96 as he was named to the All-Ivy League First Team. Robinson led the Big Green in both of those categories, as well as innings pitched (54.2), strikeouts (40), appearances (16), saves (2) and lowest batting average against (.210). In Ivy League play, he boasted a sparkling 1.29 ERA with a 4-1 record and 23 strikeouts in 28 innings, all in relief.
Freshman Mike Concato, younger brother of next year’s co-captain, was chosen as the Rookie of the Year for stepping into the weekend rotation and thriving in a starting role. The right-hander from Woodbridge, Connecticut, posted a 2-3 record and 3.81 ERA in 54.1 innings while becoming the first Big Green hurler to toss two shutouts in the same season in 26 years. He came out of the bullpen for his first three collegiate appearances before getting his first starting assignment in a televised game at then-18th-ranked Kansas back in March. The spotlight did not faze the younger Concato as he pitched eight complete innings and surrendered just two runs as Dartmouth went on to a 3-2 victory in 10 innings.
The Best Offensive Player was awarded to senior Dustin Selzer, who garnered All-Ivy First-Team honors at first base for the second time in his career. Another native of Houston, Selzer hit .294 in his final season with seven doubles, two homers, 22 RBIs and a .371 on-base percentage. He did his best work in the Ivy League games, hitting a robust .350 to lead the team and rank sixth in the conference while swatting four doubles and a homer while driving in 12 runs and posting a .420 on-base percentage.
Finally, senior outfielder Ryan Toimil was named as the Teammate of the Year. Injuries derailed his promising career, but he never let them interfere with his passion for the Big Green squad and his teammates. Toimil, from Boca Raton, Florida, managed to provide several highlights on the field as well, including a solo home run over the fabled baggie at the Metrodome to provide the lone run in a 1-0 victory over Northern Illinois during the first weekend of the 2013 season. Then in the Ivy League Championship Series that year, he delivered a two-out, RBI single in the ninth to tie the first game and send it into extra innings. A career .277 hitter, Toimil will be remembered for his positive attitude and always working to better himself and his team.