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Ivy League honors Dartmouth players

HANOVER — The Ivy League announced its first weekly winners for the 2020 baseball season with Dartmouth’s Ubaldo Lopez being selected as the Player of the Week and Justin Murray chosen as the Pitcher of the Week. They are the first Big Green honorees for those awards since May 7, 2018.

Lopez, a junior from Miramar, Florida, was limited to designated hitting duties at the Snowbird Classic in his home state due to recovering from an off-season injury. He certainly lived up to the billing of the position, leading Dartmouth with a .385 average with three doubles, three runs and two RBIs to help the Big Green start the season with a 2-2 record. All five of his hits came in the two victories, going 3-for-4 with a pair of two-baggers, a run and an RBI in the 6-2 win over Chicago State on Saturday. Against Omaha on Sunday, he rapped out two more safeties, one an RBI double, walked and scored twice as the Big Green cruised to an 8-1 triumph.

Murray, a sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina, was dominant in his start on the mound against the Mavericks on Sunday. The right-hander twirled seven shutout innings, surrendering only three hits and a pair of walks while matching a career-high with six strikeouts. To complete those seven stanzas, Murray threw a mere 79 pitches, departing the game with an 8-0 lead. In the first three games, he started in the field (twice at third base, another at second), and hit .273 with two doubles and two walks while fielding his position flawlessly.

Dartmouth (2-2) next plays at ACC power Virginia (5-3) in a three-game series this weekend, beginning on Friday at 3 p.m. All three games will be streamed live through ACC Network Extra.


Notes: The last Big Green players to earn the Player and Pitcher of the Week awards from the Ivy League were shortstop Nate Ostmo and right-hander Austen Michel. … Of the four Ivy League teams to play this past weekend, Dartmouth was the only one to emerge with a .500 record; Yale went 1-2, Brown 1-3 and Cornell 0-3.

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