HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced its weekly baseball award winners this afternoon, and Dartmouth freshman Trevor Johnson was chosen as its Rookie of the Week. He is the second Big Green player to earn a weekly honor this season, joining senior pitcher Beau Sulser who was chosen as the Pitcher of the Week on March 6.
A 6-1, 175-pound outfielder from Rye, New York, Johnson hit a cool .500 in four games last week, reaching base at a .667 clip while slugging .750. He opened up the four-game series at The Citadel by belting the second pitch of the game for a home run — his second straight game leading off with a four-bagger. That began a 3-for-4 day with a hit by pitch, two runs and two RBIs to lead Dartmouth to a 7-2 victory. Although he didn’t start the third game, he did come off the bench to provide a single, walk and a stolen base in a 10-inning defeat. But Johnson helped the Big Green get back in the win column on Sunday by reaching base five times on two singles and three walks, and scoring three runs in a 10-9 triumph to salvage a series split.
Johnson finished the series going 6-for-12 with five walks and an HBP, five runs and a pair of RBIs. For the season the freshman is hitting .375 while reaching base in all 10 games, and leads the Big Green in runs (9), home runs (2), walks (11), stolen bases (4) and on-base percentage (.543).
Dartmouth (6-4) has six games this week to conclude its spring break trip in the state of Florida, including a single game at Bethune-Cookman (14-6) and a three-game series at UCF (17-4), which was ranked 27th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association poll last week. First up, however, is a game against the University of Chicago on Tuesday afternoon at Lake Myrtle Park at 2 p.m.
Notes: Johnson is the son of Mark Johnson, who not only played seven years in the Major Leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Anaheim Angels and New York Mets from 1995-2002, but also was a two-sport athlete at Dartmouth in baseball and football (Class of 1990) ... this is the 12th consecutive year that the Big Green have had at least one player be named as an Ivy League Rookie of the Week. No other team in the Ancient Eight has a streak of more than four years.
UPDATE: Johnson was also selected as the Ivy League Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.