Rams land MWC Player & Pitcher of Year
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Baseball - Thu, May 11, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell placed four players on the 2017 All-Midwest Conference South Division Baseball Teams, headlined by special award winners Walker Breard (JR/Washington, Iowa) and Andy Dodson (SR/Lone Tree, Iowa).

Breard, a junior first baseman, was voted Position Player of the Year. Dodson, a senior right-hander, was tabbed Pitcher of the Year. This is the first time in program history the Rams have swept both awards.  

Joining Breard and Dodson on the All-MWC First Team are senior outfielder John Tesensky (SR/Watertown, Wis.) and senior utility man Eric Daubach (SR/Omaha, Neb.). Breard and Tesensky are both three-time first team all-conference honorees, becoming the first Rams to accomplish that feat since Chris Perry (3B/UT, 1993-95).

Coach Seth Wing's Rams (18-18 overall, 12-8 MWC) were also recognized with the MWC Sportsmanship Award, among all nine teams in the conference.

Breard is Cornell's first Position Player of the Year since shortstop Zach Rogers gained the accolade in 2013. The power-hitting lefty put up big offensive numbers despite being walked a school-record 32 times during the regular season.

In 20 MWC games, Breard batted .417 with 22 runs, nine doubles, five home runs and 26 RBIs. He posted a league-best .750 slugging percentage, walked 17 times and did not commit an error in 161 fielding chances.

Breard blasted four home runs and accumulated 13 RBIs in the four-game series with South foe Illinois College. He collected a single-game school record eight RBIs last weekend in a win over South champion Grinnell. The program's career leader with 27 home runs, Breard has played in all 36 games this season. He's batting .381 with 32 runs, 19 extra-base hits and 37 RBIs.

Dodson is the program's first-ever Conference Pitcher of the Year. He dominated in five MWC starts on the mound, going 4-0 with a 2.63 ERA and three complete games. Dodson struck out 27 batters over 41.0 innings.

MWC opponents batted just .222 against Dodson, who fired all nine innings in tight wins over Knox (2-1), Beloit (4-3) and Monmouth (5-4). He tossed eight innings in a win at Illinois College.

Dodson is 5-2 overall this spring with a 2.80 ERA and team-high 53 strikeouts. He leads all MWC pitchers with 70.2 innings, just shy of Charlie Muir's single-season record (71.2 IP, 2012). Dodson has gone at least six innings in his last seven outings.

Tesensky, also a first team pick in 2016 and 2014, finished a strong MWC campaign hitting .366 with 16 runs, four doubles, a homer and 14 RBIs while playing errorless ball in the field. He has hit safely in nine straight contests and reached base in his last 23 entering the postseason.

In 36 games overall, Tesensky is batting .321 with 21 runs, nine extra-base hits and 19 RBIs. Cornell's career leader for at-bats (539), Tesensky ranks second on the all-time hits list (182) and sixth in runs (98).    

Daubach, a two-time all-MWC selection, was among the league's most versatile players as a top-of-the-rotation pitcher and the team's leadoff hitter. Daubach, who is 9-for-11 at the plate over his last three games, finished the regular season with a .310 batting average, 31 runs, 11 doubles and 23 RBIs. He was second on the team in MWC-only games with 20 runs.

On the mound, Daubach (2-4) sports a 3.29 ERA with 39 strikeouts in 63 innings. MWC foes batted just .226 against the Ram right-hander. Daubach ranks fourth on Cornell's career chart with 210.1 innings pitched.

Cornell, the South runner-up, plays North champion St. Norbert (26-10) Friday morning in the first round of the MWC Tournament. First pitch is 9 a.m. at Woodland Park in Newton.