Olson earns All-America honors

By The Mercury

Collegiate Baseball released its list of Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans last week, and former Manhattan High and current Dartmouth pitcher Thomas Olson was among the 96 Division I players — 14 of which were relief pitchers — across the country chosen for the honor.

He is the seventh Big Green player to be selected for the honor (fourth in the past four years), and is just one of two Ivy Leaguers to earn the distinction this season, joining fellow reliever Kellen Urbon of Cornell.

A second-team All-Ivy selection, Olson posted a 1-4 record with six saves and a stellar 1.69 ERA over 37.1 innings. The rookie right-hander from Manhattan, surrendered 26 hits to hold the opposition to a .194 average, and walked just four batters, while striking out 22.

Olson posted a stretch of 21 scoreless innings during the season, and his six saves ranked second in the Ivy League. In addition, he did not walk a single batter over his final 21 2/3 innings on the mound.

Olson joins Brian Nickerson (1997), Mike Mileusnic (2000), Stephen Perry (2004), Kyle Hendricks (2009), Joe Sclafani (2009) and Chris O’Dowd (2010) as the Dartmouth players to be named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Dartmouth finished the 2012 campaign with a 24-18 record overall and a 14-6 record in the Ivy League to win its fifth consecutive Rolfe Division title and advance to the Ivy Championship Series.

MHS baseball coach Don Hess said they saw a lot of progression in Olson’s game at the end of his high school career, and noted that it only seemed to improve as he went on to college.

“The improvement that we saw in Thomas between his junior and senior year was incredible,” he said. “He was a hard worker and a great student of the game, I think we found that he loved baseball and we’re not surprised, we are very impressed with him and proud of him.”

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