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Dartmouth baseball prepares for NCAA tournament

Update: The team will play the University of Miami, in Miami, on June 4. Read this Valley News article to learn more. 

The latest challenge for the Dartmouth baseball team has been to be patient. After winning their second straight Ivy League title on May 9, they will discover their opponent and game location for the NCAA tournament on May 31 at 12:30 p.m. ET. The announcement will be broadcast live on on ESPN. Sixty-four teams will be selected for the tournament, which begins June 4.

The Office of Public Affairs spoke with Coach Bob Whalen, who became Dartmouth's winningest baseball coach in April (surpassing Jeff Tesreaua) and recently notched his 402nd win. Whalen answers some of the following questions:

  • You were able to come back to win the Ivy Championship on the road after losing the first game 13-2 to Columbia in the best-of-three series. What can you say about the resiliency of the team?
  • Your players have said they're the hardest working team in the Ivy League. What does that mean?
  • How has the upgraded Red Rolfe Field at Biondi Park, opened last year, helped your program?
  • You've had 17 players go on to professional careers with 13 drafted by major league organizations. Why has Dartmouth baseball been so successful in this regard?
  • What lessons from last year's trip to the NCAA Regional can the team take with them for the return trip this year?

Recently six players on the 2010 team were named All-Ivy, including Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Year Chris O'Dowd '13 of Cherry Hills Village, Colo. The catcher is the son of Dan O'Dowd, who serves as the Colorado Rockies executive vice president and general manager.

The five other All-Ivy players are:

  • First baseman Jason Brooks '11 of Westlake Village, Calif.
  • Shortstop Joe Sclafani '12 of Palm City, Fla. 
  • Outfielder Jake Carlson '12 of Woodlands, Texas
  • Relief pitcher Cole Sulser '12 of Santa Ysabel, Calif.
  • Pitcher Kyle Hendricks '12 of San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

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Last Updated: 6/1/10