New Hampshire Hardball

Skinner claims Ivy award

HANOVER — The Ivy League announced its weekly awards for baseball Monday afternoon, and Dartmouth freshman Nathan Skinner became the second Dartmouth pitcher in as many weeks to be chosen as the Rookie of the Week. Freshman left-hander Trystan Sarcone garnered the first honor of the year last week.

A right-handed pitcher from Jacksonville, Fla., Skinner made his second collegiate start on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader against Fairleigh Dickinson. The rookie retired nine of the first 10 batters he faced and stranded a pair of runners in the fourth. In the fifth, he surrendered his only run and finished his afternoon having allowed just two hits and walking two while striking out five over 4.1 innings. With the first game a seven-inning affair, Skinner picked up his first victory in the 6-1 Big Green triumph.

Dartmouth went on to win three of its four games at the Army Baseball Classic held at the USA Baseball Training Complex in Cary, North Carolina, to post the best record of the five participating teams.

Earning a spot on the league’s honor roll were senior Steffen Torgersen who hit .455 in the four games with three doubles, four runs and an RBI, along with sophomore right-hander Jonah Jenkins, who also earned his first collegiate victory in just his second appearance, hurling five innings of one-hit relief while yielding just one run in a 4-2 victory over Saint Joseph’s on Sunday.

The Big Green (4-4) won’t suit up again until March 14 when they play Wayne State as part of the RussMatt Invitational in Kissimmee, Fla. It will be the first of seven games in the Sunshine State during Dartmouth’s break between quarters with a three-game series at South Florida (March 15-17) and three more against Bradley (March 19-21) in Kissimmee and Winter Haven.


NOTES: This the fifth time in the past nine seasons Dartmouth has had at least two different freshmen be named the league’s Rookie of the Week. … Due to severe weather, the Big Green’s flight back to New England was canceled. The team is expected to return to the Upper Valley on Tuesday. … Harvard’s Patrick McColl and Yale’s Scott Politz were the Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, with Politz receiving the honor for the second straight week.

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