CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Freshman pitcher Sean Poppen has been named the Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week, the league office announced Tuesday afternoon.
In two appearances last week, the 6-3 freshman tossed 10 innings, allowed four hits and one earned run, struck out four and walked three for the Crimson during its annual spring break trip. He shared the award with Penn's Michael Villardo, who was also named player of the week.
The Chesapeake, Va., native tossed one inning of scoreless relief, allowing one hit and striking out one against Houston on March 20. He then turned in the best performance of his collegiate career in the trip finale at Houston Baptist March 24. The 6-3 righty fired a complete game three-hitter, allowing just one earned run while fanning three to earn the first win of his college career and give Harvard a two-game win streak to conclude the trip with a 6-1 triumph.
On the year, Poppen leads the team in appearances (5), innings pitched (20.2), ERA (3.92) and is tied for the team lead in wins with one.
It is the first weekly honor for the Crimson in 2013 and the first for Poppen in his career.
Harvard returns to action Wednesday for its home opener against Holy Cross at 3:30 p.m.