HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League office announced its weekly baseball awards this afternoon with Dartmouth junior Nate Ostmo being selected as the Player of the Week and sophomore Austen Michel the Pitcher of the Week for their performances against Brown and Princeton over the previous seven days. Ostmo is the third Big Green player chosen league’s top weekly player this season, while Michel is the second to take home the award for hurlers.
Ostmo, a native of Portland, Oregon, was a big factor at the plate and in field during each of the four victories last week. It was his solo home run that tied the score at one in the sixth against the Bears on Tuesday, which is how it stayed until Dartmouth walked off in the 13th with a 2-1 triumph. Then in the opener against Princeton, the shortstop had a hand in turning two of the team’s four double plays, plus went 2-for-4 with a triple, walk, run and RBI in the 14-3 win. Ostmo walked and scored while fielding his position flawlessly in a 16-1 rout, but saved his best for last by going 3-for-4 with another round-tripper — his fourth of the year to tie for the team lead — scoring twice and driving in a run to help complete the sweep of the Tigers in a 6-2 victory.
Over the four games, Ostmo hit .353 (6-for-17) with a triple, two homers, five runs and three RBIs to go with a .421 on-base percentage and .824 slugging percentage. The junior boosted his average to .254 on the season, plus is third on the team with a .410 slugging percentage.
Michel did most of his work against Brown, but it was quite the performance on the mound as the native of South Hamilton, Massachusetts, threw seven scoreless innings of one-hit relief to earn the victory in the 2-1, 13-inning win. He entered the game with a man on and nobody out in the seventh, and retired the first three batters to preserve the 1-1 tie. In the eighth, the Bears got their only hit off of him with one out, and the next batter reached on an error. But Michel calmly got the next two out and went on to retire the final 17 batters he faced, allowing Dartmouth to walk off with the win in the 13th.
On Sunday, Michel finished off the 6-2 victory by tossing the final two innings, though he did have his streak of 19.1 innings without an earned run come to an end with a solitary run in the eighth. He still finished the week with an ERA of 1.00, yielding the one run on three hits in nine innings without a walk and striking out five as the opposition hit just .097 against him. Michel is the Ivy League ERA leader for the season at 2.63 with a 3-1 record and six saves, which is tied for the most in the conference as well.
Four other Big Green players earned spots on the honor roll: senior pitcher Clay Chatham who started two of the four games and allowed just one earned run in 11 innings (0.82 ERA), striking out 13 and walking only one; senior pitcher Jack Fossand who tossed 7.2 shutout innings on four hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in a win over Princeton; freshman catcher Bennett McCaskill who hit .308 (4-for-13) with a double, homer, five runs and two RBIs; and junior third baseman Steffen Torgersen who hit .467 (7-for-15) with three doubles, five runs and four RBIs.
Dartmouth (15-20-1, 11-6-1 Ivy) will host Middlebury (16-15) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in the final non-conference game of the season. The contest will be streamed live on the Ivy League Network, now available on Apple TV, Roku and the ILN app for Android and Apple devices, with Wayne Young ’72 calling the action. The Big Green, currently second in the conference standings, will attempt to maintain their standing to qualify for the Ivy League Championship Series when they wrap up the regular season with a three-game series at Harvard (20-19, 10-8 Ivy).
Notes: Other Big Green players to earn a weekly honor from the league this year are Chatham (Pitcher, March 5), junior second baseman Sean Sullivan (Player, March 19) McCaskill (Rookie, April 9) and senior outfielder Dustin Shirley (Player, April 30) … one Dartmouth win at Harvard would eliminate the Crimson, but to make the ILCS, the Green will need to win as many games against Harvard as Columbia does at Cornell … should Yale lose all three at Penn and Dartmouth sweep Harvard, the Big Green would host the ILCS.