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Baseball Weekly Release - Week 8

(l-r) Columbia's Jason Banos, Yale's Pat Ludwig, Harvard's Jack Colton
(l-r) Columbia's Jason Banos, Yale's Pat Ludwig, Harvard's Jack Colton

Complete Baseball Weekly Release

PRINCETON, N.J. -- An exciting first round of divisional play last week produced a new leader atop the Rolfe Division while a tie was broken for first place in the Gehrig Division.

Yale played host to then Rolfe-leading Dartmouth and swept the four-game series from the Big Green for the first time since 1998. Dartmouth escaped still leading the Ivy League in team batting average (.318), but its potent offense was silenced for the weekend, hitting just .205 in the four games. The sweep puts the Bulldogs in the lead with an 8-3 Ivy record, while Dartmouth fell back into a tie for second with Brown at 6-6.

In the Gehrig Division, Penn and Princeton entered the weekend with identical 6-2 Ivy records. After the Quakers powered their way to a 12-4 win in the series opener, the Tigers took over in the final three games, edging Penn 6-5, 3-2, and 4-2. Princeton now stands alone atop the division at 9-3 while Penn falls to 7-5, just ahead of third place Columbia at 6-6.

Eight games remain on each Ivy schedule and no team is out of contention for a division title and berth into the Ivy League Baseball Championship Series as of yet. This weekend, Dartmouth and Brown will battle it out in Hanover, N.H., both looking to close the gap with Yale. The Bulldogs travel to face Harvard in a four-game set. In the Gehrig Division, Princeton hosts Columbia while Penn travels to Cornell.

Columbia senior outfielder Jason Banos (Lynnfield, Mass.) batted .462 with two home runs and six runs batted in during a 4-1 week for the Lions, helping catapult Columbia back into the Gehrig Division race. Banos hit safely in four of the five games this week. He clubbed two home runs in a 6-5 Columbia win over Manhattan, with his solo shot in the sixth inning ultimately providing the difference in the game. In Columbia’s critical game-one win over Cornell on Saturday, Banos drove in both of Columbia’s runs in a 2-1 win, delivering the game-winning RBI with a one-out single in the sixth inning that broke a 1-1 deadlock. In game two, a 12-2 Lions’ win, he doubled twice and scored three times and in Columbia’s game one win on Sunday, he also drove in a run early in the game to give Columbia a 2-0 advantage. For the week, Banos reached base at a .588 clip, scored five runs, had four extra-base hits and played an errorless outfield, making his first start in center field in three years.

Banos’ Weekly Statistics
5 GP, .462 AVG (6-for-13), 1.077 SLG%, 5 Runs, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 BB, 6 RBIs, Team: 4-1

Junior starting pitcher Pat Ludwig (Okemos, Mich.) proved to be Yale’s best pitcher in a four-game sweep of Dartmouth, the two-time defending Ivy League champion. Ludwig struck out a career-high 12 Big Green batters over 7.2 innings to lead Yale to a 5-1 victory to complete the sweep of the four-game series. It was Yale’s first four-game sweep of Dartmouth since the 1998 season. Ludwig had nine strikeouts through the first five innings after he struck out the side in the fifth inning. In the eight innings in which he worked, he had at least one strikeout in every inning. His only blemish came in the eighth inning when Dartmouth’s Joe Sclafani led off the inning with a triple to the right-field wall and scored on a fielder’s choice groundout by Sam Bean in the next at-bat. Outside of that run, Ludwig’s outing proved to be the most brilliant in a dominant showing by Yale’s pitching staff.

Ludwig’s Weekly Statistics
1 APP, 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 12 K, 8 Hits, 1 BB, 1.17 ERA, 1-0

Harvard’s Jack Colton (Milton, Mass.) batted .643 (9-for-14) with a .667 on-base-percentage in four games for the Crimson including a 7-for-11 mark in three games (two wins) at Brown this weekend. Colton factored in both victories with a 2-for-3 effort in a 6-3 win and a 3-for-4 effort with a walk in a 12-7 win.

Colton’s Weekly Statistics
4 GP, .643 AVG (9-for-14), .643 SLG%, 2 Runs, 1 BB, 4 RBIs, Team: 2-3

Ryan Albert, Princeton, Fr., DH (Newport Beach, Calif.)
3 GP, .429 AVG (3-for-7), 2 Runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, Team: 3-1

Ryan Brenner, Yale, Jr., C (Manhasset, N.Y.)
5 GP, .400 AVG (6-for-15), 6 Runs, 1 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, Team: 5-0

Will Davis, Penn, Sr., C (Atlanta, Ga.)
4 GP, .429 AVG (6-for-14), 3 Runs, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 2 RBI, Team: 1-3

Josh Feit, Brown, Sr., OF (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)
4 GP, .467 AVG (7-for-15), 1 2B, 3 RBIs, Team: 2-2

Matthew Kimball, Brown, Sr., RHP (Nashville, Tenn.)
1 APP, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7.0 IP, 7 K, 0 BB, 3 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1-0

Stefan Olson, Columbia, So., RHP (Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
1 APP, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 7.0 IP, 4 K, 2 BB, 3 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1-0

Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth, Jr., SS (Palm City, Fla.)
5 GP, .421 AVG (8-for-19), 3 Runs, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 SB, 3 RBIs, Team: 1-4

Tuesday, April 19
Bryant at Harvard (dh), 2 pm
Cornell at Siena (dh), 2 pm
St. Anslem at Dartmouth, 3:30 pm

Wednesday, April 20
Penn at Lehigh (dh), Noon
Manhattan at Columbia (dh), 1:30 pm
Hartford at Dartmouth, 3 pm
Yale at Army, 3:30 pm
Brown at Holy Cross, 5 pm
Harvard at Massachusetts, 6:30 pm

Thursday, April 21
Princeton at Monmouth, 3:30 pm

Saturday, April 23
*Brown at Dartmouth (dh), Noon
*Penn at Cornell (dh), Noon
*Columbia at Princeton (dh), 1 pm
*Yale at Harvard (dh), 1 pm

Sunday, April 24
*Brown at Dartmouth (dh), Noon
*Penn at Cornell (dh), Noon
*Yale at Harvard (dh), Noon
*Columbia at Princeton (dh), 1 pm

*Ivy League Contest