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Dartmouth's O'Dowd and Hendricks, Penn's Brebner Claim Final Baseball Weekly Awards

(l-r) Dartmouth's Chris O'Dowd and Kyle Hendricks, Penn's Rick Brebner
(l-r) Dartmouth's Chris O'Dowd and Kyle Hendricks, Penn's Rick Brebner

Sophomore catcher Chris O'Dowd (Cherry Hills Village, Colo.) was in the middle of each of the five Dartmouth wins, either on offense or defense, or both, last week, earning the Big Green's second Player of the Week award of the 2011 season. He began the week by getting a day off behind the plate, and responded by excelling next to it, collecting three hits, a run and an RBI in a 7-1 non-conference win over Hartford. O'Dowd then hit safely in each of the four contests against Harvard, extending his hitting streak to 10 games, and stole three bases in the series while scoring five times and driving in a pair of runs. It was his single leading off the seventh of a scoreless duel in game two that began a three-run Big Green rally, and he scored the first and final runs of the 6-0 victory. In the series finale, he started the five-run comeback with a solo homer — his first in nearly a month — then scored twice more in the game and provided an RBI single. Not only did the sophomore not commit an error behind the plate, he also threw out five of eight would-be base stealers to kill numerous threats.

O'Dowd's Weekly Statistics
5 GP, .444 AVG (8-for-18), .722 SLG%, 6 Runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, Team: 5-0

With the Rolfe Division title wrapped up, Dartmouth was still vying for the right to host the Ivy Championship Series on Sunday when it arrived at Harvard. Junior RHP Kyle Hendricks (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) twirled a complete-game four-hitter, allowing just one run while walking two and striking out nine in the first game of the day, earning his third Pitcher of the Week award this season. The Crimson only had three at-bats with at least one runner in scoring position, and Hendricks held them without a hit in each instance. Over the final four innings, he allowed just one hit and erased the lone walk by picking the runner off first. For the season, Hendricks leads the Ivy League in strikeouts per nine innings (11.0) and ranks among the top 25 in the nation in that category.

Hendricks' Weekly Statistics
1 APP, 1 CG, 7.0 IP, 9 K, 4 Hits, 2 BB, 1.29 ERA, 1-0

Penn's Rick Brebner (Langhorne, Pa.) closed out his freshman campaign by batting .545 in a four-game series with Gehrig Division rival Columbia, earning his first Rookie of the Week award. He becomes the third Quaker to achieve the honor this season. Brebner had at least one hit and one RBI in all four games over the weekend, including a pair of 2-for-3 games -- both Penn wins. The rookie second baseman finished with six hits, four RBI and three runs. Three of his RBIs came with two outs in the inning while he also walked five times and was hit once for a .706 on-base percentage. In the field, Brebner did not commit an error in 17 chances at second base.

Brebner's Weekly Statistics
4 GP, .545 AVG (6-for-11), .636 SLG%, 3 Runs, 5 BB, 4 RBIs, Team: 2-2

Jason Banos, Columbia, Sr., OF (Lynnfield, Mass.)
6 GP, .429 AVG (9-for-21), 7 Runs, 1 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, Team: 2-4

Spencer Branigan, Penn, So., 1B (Ross, Calif.)
4 GP, .438 AVG (7-for-16), 5 Runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, Team: 2-2

Matt Colantonio, Brown, Sr., C (Garden City, N.Y.)
6 GP, .400 AVG (8-for-20), 4 Runs, 3 2B, 1 3B, 4 BB, 3 RBI, Team: 4-2

Mike Fischer, Columbia, Fr., C (Scotia, N.Y.)
5 GP, .500 AVG (4-for-8), 2 Runs, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, Team: 2-3

Tim Giel, Columbia, So., RHP (Gibsonia, Pa.)
3 APP, 3.2 IP, 3 K, 2 BB, 3 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 2 SVS

Mitch Horacek, Dartmouth, Fr., LHP (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
1 APP, 6.1 IP, 1 K, 1 BB, 4 Hits, 0.00 ERA

Heath Mayo, Brown, So., RHP (Whitehouse, Texas)
1 APP, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9.0 IP, 3 K, 1 BB, 9 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1-0

Wes Van Broom, Brown, Fr., OF (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)
4 GP, .417 AVG (5-for-12), 1 Run, 2 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBIs, Team: 3-1

Tuesday, May 3
Marist at Brown (dh), 2 pm
Dartmouth at Hartford, 3 pm
Princeton at Delaware, 3 pm

Saturday, May 7
Ivy League Championship Series
Clarke Field, Princeton, N.J.
    Dartmouth vs. Princeton (dh), Noon

Sunday, May 8
Ivy League Championship Series
Clarke Field, Princeton, N.J.
(if necessary)
    Dartmouth vs. Princeton, 1 pm