Cross High Performance Athletes of the Week: Hendricks & Smyser
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Cross High Performance Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition. Junior Kyle Hendricks became the first Big Green pitcher to strike out at least 15 batters in a game since 1972. Senior Georgie Smyser went undefeated to help the Big Green women's tennis team go 2-1 in the early part of their spring trip.
Kyle Hendricks, Jr., Baseball (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
In an 11-2 victory over Army on March 18, Hendricks struck out a career-high 15 batters over seven innings, the most by a Dartmouth pitcher in 39 years. Twice the right-hander struck out the side, and he fanned at least one batter in every inning. The last Big Green hurler to strike out at least 15 was Charlie Janes '72 who whiffed 17 Princeton Tigers back in the 1972 season. Not only was Hendricks named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, but also one of five National Players of the Week by Collegiate Baseball.
Georgiana Smyser, Sr., Tennis (Houston, Texas)
Senior tri-captain Georgiana Smyser (Houston, Texas) went undefeated last week to help the women's tennis team go 2-1 on the first part of its Spring Break trip. The team defeated Bowdoin and Cal Northridge, before losing at Cal Irvine. Smyser was a big reason for the wins, going 3-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles with her partner senior Ryan Reichel (Hilton Head Island, S.C.). Smyser plays sixth singles for the Big Green and second doubles. The Big Green open Ivy League play on April 1, at Columbia.