PRINCETON, N.J. -- Last week's contests in both the Rolfe and Gehrig Division set up an exciting weekend of action as five total teams are still mathematically capable of finishing atop their repsective division standings.
Dartmouth's bats came alive again last week in a four-game series sweep of Brown, pushing the Big Green into a tie with Yale atop the Rolfe Division at 10-6 each. The Bulldogs went 2-2 in their series at Harvard. The Bears currently sit in third place in the Rolfe Division at 6-10 while Harvard is fourth at 5-11.
Follow the Rolfe Division action this week closely as Dartmouth takes on Harvard and Yale faces Brown. One loss for either the Big Green or Bulldogs could be the deciding factor as to which squad advances to the 2011 Ivy League Baseball Championships Series for a shot at the League's automatic berth into the NCAA Division I College World Series. However, on the off chance that both teams were to go 0-4, Brown could move into a three-way tie for first, forcing a series of play-off games.
In the Gehrig Division, Princeton went 3-1 against Columbia last week, stretching its divisional lead to four games over second-place Penn (8-8). One win this weekend for the Tigers against Cornell would secure the division win and a berth in the Baseball Championship Series. Three wins for the Tigers would also secure hosting rights for the championship, which will be contested May 7 and 8.
Penn, which went 1-3 last week at Cornell, needs to sweep Columbia along with a Cornell sweep of Princeton to match the Tigers' record atop the division standings and force a playoff.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale's senior first baseman Trey Rallis (La Canada, Calif.) went a stellar 8-for-12 (.750 avg) with two doubles, a home run, four RBIs and five runs scored in a key four-game showdown at Harvard to help Yale return home with a split of the series. He had hits in three of the four games, and in the only hitless game he had in the series, he still reached base three times on three separate walks. He finished the five-game week with a .563 average, a .632 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .875 in helping to keep the Bulldogs in first place in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division. Rallis is Yale's leading hitter overall, with a .364 batting average. He is also Yale's leader in slugging (.543), on-base percentage (.443), hits (47), RBIs (28), doubles (11), home runs (4), total bases (70), walks (16). He also holds a .994 fielding percentage with only two errors in 319 chances at first base.
Rallis' Weekly Statistics
5 GP, .563 AVG (9-for-16), .875 SLG%, 5 Runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 BB, 4 RBIs, Team: 2-3
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Max Perlman (Longwood, Fla.) threw a complete-game shutout (nine inning) against Rolfe division-leading Yale on Friday afternoon, striking out 10 batters and scattering four singles. Yale did not advance a runner past second base against the former freshman All-American. The senior right-hander recorded at least one strikeout in eight of nine innings and ended four innings by fanning a Bulldog batter. The 10 strikeouts was a season-high, besting his previous high of six which he recorded in six previous games. Despite holding just a 2-4 record, Perlman leads the League's most regular starting pitchers with a 1.69 ERA. He also ranks third in opponent batting average (.210)
Perlman's Weekly Statistics
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 9.0 IP, 10 K, 4 Hits, 1 BB, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jeff Keller (Atherton, Calif.) returned in earnest from a mid-season injury that sidelined him for most of four weeks, clubbing the ball at a .538 clip while slugging 1.231 and driving in seven runs in the five Dartmouth victories last week. He began the week by becoming the 20th player in Big Green history to swat two triples in a game, plus added a double for good measure in the 5-1 win over Saint Anselm. Keller began Dartmouth's comeback from a 3-1 deficit in the first game of the series by belting a solo homer and reached base in all three of his plate appearances in the 7-3 triumph. Later that day, he recorded his second three-hit game of the week while driving in three runs and drawing a walk as well. Then, in the series finale, he walked twice and scored after each one in an 11-4 win. His totals for the week included two doubles, two triples, a home run, four walks and a .667 on-base percentage.
Keller's Weekly Statistics
5 GP, .538 AVG (7-for-13), 1.231 SLG%, 5 Runs, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 7 RBIs, Team: 5-0
Brian Billigen, Cornell, Jr., CF (Carnegie, Pa.)
6 GP, .474 AVG (9-for-19), 8 Runs, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, Team: 4-2
Paul Cusick, Penn, Sr., RHP (Wilmington, Del.)
1 APP, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9.0 IP, 12 K, 4 BB, 4 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
Sam Mulroy, Princeton, Jr., C/OF (Bethesda, Md.)
5 GP, .450 AVG (9-for-20), 4 Runs, 2 2B, 2 SB, 2 RBIs, Team: 3-2
Christopher O'Hare, Yale, So., LHP (Lynnfield, Mass.)
1 APP, 1 CG, 7.0 IP, 9 K, 1 BB, 4 Hits, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
Jeff Onstott, Dartmouth, Sr., 2B (Houston, Texas)
5 GP, .467 AVG (7-for-15), 6 Runs, 2 2B, 1 3B, 3 BB, 6 RBI, Team: 5-0
Tuesday, April 26
Rhode Island at Brown, 3:30 pm
Cornell at Binghamton, 4 pm
Yale at Holy Cross, 5 pm
1 - Harvard vs. Boston College, 7 pm
Wednesday, April 27
Hartford at Dartmouth, 3 pm
Bryant at Brown, 3:30 pm
Rider at Princeton, 3:30 pm
Columbia at Fordham (dh), 4 pm
Friday, April 29
*Penn at Columbia (dh), Noon
*Cornell at Princeton (dh), Noon
*Brown at Yale (dh), 1 pm
Saturday, April 30
*Columbia at Penn (dh), Noon
*Harvard at Dartmouth (dh), 1 pm
*Yale at Brown (dh), 1 pm
Sunday, May 1
*Princeton at Cornell (dh), noon
*Dartmouth at Harvard (dh), 1 pm
Tuesday, May 3
Marist at Brown (dh), 2 pm
Dartmouth at Hartford, 3 pm
*Ivy League Contest
1 - Beanpot Championship Game (Fenway Park)