Pizzano, Carlson Receive All-ABCA Accolades
Portions of this story courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations and Dartmouth Athletics Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth senior
Jake Carlson and Columbia junior Dario
Pizzano were named to the American Baseball Coaches
Association (ABCA) All-Northeast Region Second Team, the
Carlson hit .397 to lead the Ivy League by 35 points and is currently the 12th-highest average in the country. He ranked among the League’s top 10 in five other offensive statistical categories as well. His 17 multi-hit games were the most for any Big Green player, and he was one of three on the team to post a hitting streak of at least 10 games during the season. The centerfielder was flawless on defense for the second straight year, catching more fly balls (113) than any other player in the conference. On April 4, Carlson became the second known Dartmouth player to hit for the cycle, beginning a torrid stretch for the remaining 25 games of the season during which he hit .476 (40-for-84). In Ivy games, he tied for second with 20 runs scored and ranked seventh with a .371 average.
Voted the Ivy League Player of the Year in May, Pizzano batted .360 with 16 doubles, four home runs, 36 runs batted in and a .471 on-base percentage for Columbia in 2012. Drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 15th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft earlier this month, Pizzano tied for the Columbia team lead with 37 runs scored and drew 31 walks. Pizzano stepped up his game during Ivy League play, when he batted .409 with two homers and 20 RBI. Among all Ivy League players, Pizzano finished second in base hits and third in doubles in 2012. Pizzano will begin his professional career with the Pulaski (Va.) Mariners of the Appalachian League this week. The Mariners' season opener is on Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. against the Burlington Royals.