Robinson, a native of Houston, Texas, picked up not only the Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year awards, but the James H. Cooke Award, which is bestowed upon the four-year letterwinner who has done the most for Big Green baseball during his career. This past season Robinson was named to the All-Ivy League First Team for the third straight year while going 4-6 with a 3.28 ERA, striking out a league-leading 73 batters and walking just seven in 68.2 innings. His seven complete games tie him for third among Division I pitchers, while his strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.43) ranks fourth and his walks per nine innings (0.92) are sixth. Robinson finished his career with 17 victories (tied for fifth in Big Green history) against 11 losses, 173 strikeouts and a 3.07 ERA, the last statistic being the second-lowest figure of the last 40 years at Dartmouth.
Freshman Cole O’Connor out of Bedford, Massachusetts, was chosen as the team’s Rookie of the Year. The right-hander appeared in 10 games, starting eight, and although his record was just 0-2, he posted a stellar 3.12 ERA over 40.1 innings with 28 strikeouts and just eight walks. Dartmouth also won his last four starts as he yielded no more than one run in each of those games. In Ivy League play, he boasted a 2.62 ERA which was the fifth-lowest among qualified pitchers.
Ketchmark not only received the captainship for 2017, but also was selected as the Best Offensive Player. The first baseman from Dallas, Texas, provided the power in the middle of the order, belting five of Dartmouth’s 15 home runs while producing a team-best 28 RBIs. In the 20 regular-season Ivy League games, Ketchmark drove in 20 runs while hitting .294/.380/.471.
The Most Improved Player award went to sophomore second baseman Dustin Shirley from Los Angeles. As a rookie in 2015, he played in all but three games but hit just .200 to go with a strong defensive game. This past season his defense remained solid while he improved his average over 100 points to .301, including a robust .405 in Ivy League contests to rank second in the conference. He topped the loop with five triples and led the Big Green with 10 two-baggers, 70 total bases, a .422 slugging percentage, 18 runs scored and eight stolen bases.
Finally, senior Joe Purritano was chosen as Dartmouth’s Teammate of the Year. A full-time starter since arriving on campus during which year he earned Freshman All-America honors, Purritano struggled in the middle of the season and lost his starting role for a couple of weeks. The coaching staff cited his exemplary attitude as he continued to work on his swing at the plate, eventually winning back his job in the final weeks following a pinch-hit home run in late April against Yale. He was always a good mentor for the younger players no matter how well he was playing on the field, and he finished his career with a slash line of .281/.363/.467 with 14 homers and 103 RBIs in 505 at-bats over 148 games.