On the road again. The Big Green are escaping the lingering cold of the northeast to play in the warmer climes of Texas and California and are proving that they can compete in the heat. Senior Claire Bird contributed to a sweep of Houston and a win over Eastern Kentucky in the Houston Round Robin. Junior Sean Sullivan ended the week with the highest batting average among all qualified Division I players, having hit at least two hits in every game of the trip west.
Their efforts are rewarded by being named the Hanover Brick and Brew Athletes of the Week.
Each week, DartmouthSports.com will spotlight two outstanding student-athletes - one male, one female - as the Hanover Brick and Brew Athletes of the Week. Student-athletes may be chosen based upon their efforts both on and off the field of competition.
Claire Bird, Sr., Rapids City, Ill., C, Softball
Senior Claire Bird helped her team to three victories over the weekend in the 2018 Houston Round Robin. Against Eastern Kentucky on Saturday morning, Bird helped the Big Green get on the board first, hitting a double in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead, and hit a single to left field in the top of the sixth batting in teammate McKenna Gray to score an insurance run and seal the win. Later that afternoon, Dartmouth went into extra innings against Houston and Bird was the runner placed on second to start the eighth inning, scoring the game-winning run off a single from Delaney Marshall. Bird continued to contribute on Sunday afternoon, with a single in the top of the first, batting in two teammates to take a 3-0 lead, scoring the fifth run to end the inning as Dartmouth took a 6-4 win over the host team.
Sean Sullivan, Jr., Hopedale, Mass., IF, Baseball
Junior Sean Sullivan continued his torrid start to the 2018 season during the first half of the spring-break trip to California. The second baseman had at least two hits in every game, including a career-high four in the final game against Cal State Bakersfield on Sunday, finishing the week with a stellar .619 average (13-for-21) and .680 on-base percentage. Against the Roadrunners on March 16, he provided a single, double, stolen base, two walks, two runs and two RBIs to help the Big Green earn an 11-9 victory. Entering this week, Sullivan boasted the highest batting average on the season (.511) among all qualified Division I players while ranking second in hits per game (2.09) and third in on-base percentage (.569).