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Dartmouth’s D’Agostino Earns Top National Honor

New Orleans — For the second straight year, Dartmouth’s Abbey D’Agostino was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association 2014 Women’s Division I Indoor National Track Athlete of the Year.

D’Agostino also claimed the honor during the 2013 indoor season and this past fall during the cross country campaign.

The Topsfield, Mass., native was recognized after accomplishing what no other woman in Division I history has ever done before — winning both 5,000 meters and 3,000 meters national titles in consecutive years.

D’Agostino won the distance double in 2014 for the second straight year at nationals. When she first accomplished the feat in 2013, she became just the third woman overall — and the first American ever — to win the two races at the same meet. When she repeated this past weekend in Albuquerque, D’Agostino became the lone individual to ever double in back-to-back indoor meets.

Her seven career titles rank as the most all-time by any Ivy League student-athlete in 131 years. Her six track titles between indoor and outdoor seasons are three times as many as any other individual in the history of the Ancient Eight.

Also adding to her resume in 2014 was a 4:28.31 in the mile, the fastest time in the nation this year. In fact, D’Agostino wrapped up the indoor season with the top times nationally in three events: the mile, the 5,000 meters (15:40.55) and the 3,000 meters (8:51.91).

Her times in the mile and the 3,000 rank as the third and fourth best marks all-time in each event, respectively.

College Baseball

Dartmouth 10 Nebraska-Omaha 3

Lawrence, Kan. — The Dartmouth bats exploded for seven runs in the seventh inning in defeating Nebraska-Omaha (9-9) at Kansas University’s Hoglund Ballpark.

Dartmouth’s Bo Patterson had two hits and two RBIs in the seventh to help the Big Green (2-6) snap a five-game losing streak.

Dartmouth right-hander Duncan Robinson (1-1) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks in seven innings while striking out three. Of his 114 pitches, 75 were strikes, and he induced three double plays.

Patterson drove in a career-high three runs as he and Matt MacDowell each had three hits with a double to lead the Big Green’s 15-hit attack. Thomas Roulis scored twice and produced three RBIs, while Matt Parisi, Joe Purritano and Michael Ketchmark had two hits apiece.

The teams will play the rubber game of their three-game series this afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

 Dartmouth outfielder Jeff Keller was among 30 baseball players selected as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, an athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — community, classroom, character and competition.

Keller was named the 2014 Ivy League Preseason Player of the Year by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball after leading the nation in doubles per game as a junior.

Keller became the first Dartmouth baseball player to earn Academic All-America honors, making the first team as an economics major with a 3.96 GPA.

A Rhodes Scholarship finalist, the Dartmouth team co-captain has spent time in the community volunteering with the Big Green Readers program and Best Buddies in the Upper Valley, plus the Riekes Center back home in California.

College Softball

Dartmouth 9 San Diego 6 (8)

San Diego — Katie McEachern blasted a three-run home run in the eighth inning as Dartmouth beat San Diego.

Teammate Kristen Rumley was a key factor inside both the batter’s box and inside the circle, finishing with three hits and an RBI and was credited with the win after pitching the final two scoreless innings.

Dartmouth will travel to UC Riverside for a pair of games today against Monmouth and Riverside.

Women’s Soccer

Notre Dame Hires Ex-Dartmouth Coach

South Bend, Ind. — As anticipated, Notre Dame officially hired former Dartmouth coach Theresa Romagnolo on Wednesday.

Romagnolo was 25-22-3 overall and 12-9 in Ivy League play over three seasons.

Notre Dame was 13-8-1 last season and reached the third round of the NCAA tournament.

Romagnolo is the fourth head coach in the 27-year history of the Fighting Irish women’s program.