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April 3, 2012

Baseball Weekly Release - Week 6

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Photos courtesy of Cornell Athletic Communications, Dartmouth Athletics Communications and Penn Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- It was a good weekend for the Lou Gehrig Division, as Columbia, Cornell, Penn and Princeton each opened League play with a 3-1 record. The Red Rolfe Division was not as lucky, as Brown posted the best record, at 2-2. Dartmouth (1-3) and Harvard (1-3) each won their first contest but dropped the next three and Yale (0-4) is still looking for its first Ivy win.
 
In the League openers, the Red Rolfe Division held the upper hand, thanks to Harvard's 6-2 win over Cornell and Dartmouth's 8-2 victory over Princeton. But the Big Red and Tigers each took the second game of their series and then swept the Big Green and the Crimson, respectively. Columbia opened its season with two wins over Yale and then split its double-header with Brown, which then split its two-game set with Penn.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
The performance of the weekend belonged to Cornell sophomore pitcher Connor Kaufmann (Midlothian, Va.), who recorded the Big Red's first individual no-hitter since Greg Myers went five innings in a 1-0 win over Canisius on April 8, 1979, and the first Ivy League no-hitter since Princeton's Steven Miller accomplished the feat against Cornell on April 27, 2008. For his efforts, Kaufmann was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week.

Kaufmann needed just 80 pitches and faced the minimum 21 batters, retiring the last 16 batters in order. No Big Green runner advanced past first base. It was the first no-hitter for the Big Red since Kerry Brooks, Rob Wilson and Doug Petillo combined to no-hit Rochester on April 5, 1989 in another seven-inning affair. It also marked the first no-hitter that went at least seven innings since Larry Rafalski's nine-inning blanking of Hartwick on April 25, 1968. Kaufmann struck out four and walked two while improving to 4-1 on the year.

The award is the first for Kaufmann, who become the second Big Red to receive a weekly award this season, joining Brian Billigen, who took home Player of the Week on March 6. Kaufmann is the first Cornell pitcher to receive Pitcher of the Week honors since Corey Pappel was a co-winner on April 28, 2009.

Kaufmann's Weekly Stats
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 NH, 1 SO, 7.0 IP, 2 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn junior outfielder Greg Zebrack (Northridge, Calif.) was named Ivy League Player of the Week after his performance during his team's 4-1 week that included a sweep of Yale and a win over BIG EAST team Villanova. Zebrack batted .588 (10-of-17) in the five games, with a 1.059 slugging percentage. He scored four runs and knocked in 10 more and hit for the cycle on the week. Zebrack hit safely in all five games and finished with four multi-hit contests.

Against the Wildcats, Zebrack walked softly (twice) but let his big stick carry the team, going 3-of-3 with a double, a triple and a home run. He scored two runs and knocked in seven more in the Quakers' 11-4 win. He then recorded seven hits against Yale and Brown with two doubles, three RBI and his team-leading ninth stolen base of the season.

Zebrack joins teammates Vince Voiro (Pitcher of the Week March 13 and March 27) and Connor Cuff (Rookie of the Week March 27) as Quakers who earned Ivy League weekly awards this season. The award marks the first time a Penn player earned Player of the Week this season and the first since Zebrack took home the honor on April 12, 2011.

Zebrack's Weekly Stats
5 GP, .588 AVG. (10-of-17), 1.059 Slugging %, 2 BB, 4 Runs, 3 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 10 RBI

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman Adam Frank (Gilbert, Ariz.) made his Ivy League debut a memorable one, picking up a pair of victories en route to being named Rookie of the Week. The freshman lefthander allowed just one hit in two appearances, pitching 7.1 innings and posting a 1.23 ERA with six strikeouts.

Frank got a mid-week tune-up start against Amherst, needing just 10 pitches to retire the side in order in his only scheduled inning of work. Dartmouth took the lead in the bottom half and never relinquished it, giving Frank his first collegiate victory. On Saturday, he did quite a bit more to get his second win of the season by holding Princeton hitless for six innings in the second game of the twinbill. He struck out five and allowed just one hit in 6.1 innings of work. His performance allowed the Big Green to defeat host Princeton, 8-2, to earn a split of the series. Opposing batters hit just .044 (1-of-23) against him during the week.

Frank is the second Dartmouth baseball player to earn Rookie of the Week this season, joining Matt Robinson, who received the award on March 6.

Frank's Weekly Stats
2 APP, 2 GS, 7.1 IP, 1 Hit, 4 BB, 6 K, 1.23 ERA, 2-0

HONOR ROLL
Matt Bowman, Princeton, Jr., RHP/IF (Chevy Chase, Md.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 7.0 IP, 6 Hits, 2 BB, 9 K, 1.29 ERA, 1-0

Jack Colton, Harvard, So., OF (Milton, Mass.)
5 GP, .529 AVG. (9-of-17), .579 OBP, 2 BB, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 1 SB

Jon Eisen, Columbia, Sr., INF (Nashville, Tenn.)
5 GP, .500 AVG. (8-of-16), .625 Slugging %, .619 OPB, 3 BB, 9 Runs, 2 2B, 3 RBI

Nick Fornaca, Brown, Fr., 3B (San Diego)
9 GP, .361 AVG. (13-of-36), .417 Slugging %, 4 Runs, 1 3B, 3 RBI

J.J. Franco, Brown, So., 2B (New York)
9 GP, .469 AVG. (15-of-32), .514 OBP, .531 Slugging %, 3 BB, 5 Runs, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 1 SB

Joe Lubanski, Yale, Fr., OF (Collegeville, Pa.)
3 GP, .375 AVG. (3-of-8), 1.000 Slugging %, 1 Run, 2 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Pat Ludwig, Yale, Sr., P (Okemos, Mich.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 6.0 IP, 6 Hits, 2 BB, 5 K, 1.50 ERA, 0-1

Heath Mayo, Brown, Jr., RHP (Whitehouse, Texas)
2 APP, 2 GS, 1 CG, 13.0 IP, 11 Hits, 5 BB, 11 K, 2.08 ERA, 1-0

Sam Mulroy, Princeton, Sr., C/OF (Bethesda, Md.)
4 GP, .500 AVG (7-of-14), .714 Slugging %, .562 OBP, 1 BB, 5 Runs, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 SB

Jordan Serena, Columbia, Fr. INF (Parker, Colo.)
5 GP, .444 AVG (4-of-9), .667 Slugging %, .545 OBP, 2 BB, 1 Run, 2 2B

Tyler Servais, Princeton, Fr., C/1B (Larkspur, Colo.)
3 GP, .333 AVG. (4-of-12), .667 Slugging %, .385 OPB, 2 Runs, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI

David Speer, Columbia, So., RHP (Westport, Conn.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 6 Hits, 1 BB, 7 K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0

Brent Suter, Harvard, Sr., LHP (Cincinnati)
2 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 7.2 IP, 4 Hits, 8 K, 1.17 ERA, 1-0, 1 Sv.

Kevin Tatum, Cornell, Fr., IF/OF (Woodbridge, Va.)
5 GP, .308 AVG. (4-of-13), .400 OBP, .385 Slugging %, 2 BB, 2 Runs, 1 2B, 4 RBI

Vince Voiro, Penn, Sr., RHP (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 7.0 IP, 5 Hits, 1 BB, 8 K, 1.29 ERA, 1-0

2012 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
March 6 – Brian Billigen (Cornell)
March 13 – Kevin Fortunato (Yale)
March 20 – Sam Mulroy (Princeton)
March 27 – Dario Pizzano (Columbia)
April 3 – Greg Zebrack (Penn)

2012 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
March 6 – Zak Hermans (Princeton)
March 13 – Vince Voiro (Penn)
March 20 – Stefan Olson (Columbia)
March 27 – Vince Voiro (Penn)
April 3 – Connor Kaufmann (Cornell)

2012 ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
March 6 – Matt Robinson (Dartmouth)
March 13 – David Toups (Yale)
March 20 – Tyler Servais (Princeton)
March 27 – Connor Cuff (Penn)
April 3 – Adam Frank (Dartmouth)

2012 HONOR ROLLS
March 6 – Nick Ferraresi (Columbia), Kevin Fortunato (Yale), Brent Jones (Cornell), Jeff Keller (Dartmouth), Pat Ludwig (Yale), Will Marcal (Brown), Jordan Serena (Columbia), Kevin Tatum (Cornell), Zack Tax (Columbia)

March 13 – Brian Billigen (Cornell), Austin Bossart (Penn), Ryan Deitrich (Penn), Matt Doyle (Harvard), Brent Jones (Cornell), Christopher O'Hare (Yale), Robb Paller (Columbia), Billy Rumpke (Columbia), David Speer (Columbia)

March 20 – Carlton Bailey (Harvard), Zach Boden (Harvard), Austin Bossart (Penn), Chris Cruz (Cornell), Cale Hanson (Yale), Mitch Horacek (Dartmouth), Brent Jones (Cornell), Pat Ludwig (Yale), Thomas Roulis (Dartmouth), Billy Rumpke (Columbia), John Sheridan (Brown), David Turnbull (Dartmouth), Derek Vigoa (Penn), Vince Voiro (Penn), Taylor Wright (Brown)

March 27 – Brian Billigen (Cornell), Spencer Branigan (Penn), Ethan Ferreira (Harvard), Mitch Horacek (Dartmouth), Brent Jones (Cornell), Alex Keller (Princeton), Nick Lombardi (Dartmouth), Pat Lawery (Columbia), Joe Sclafani (Dartmouth), David Spinosa (Columbia), Wes Van Boom (Brown)

April 3 – Matt Bowman (Princeton), Jack Colton (Harvard), Jon Eisen (Columbia), Nick Fornaca (Brown), J.J. Franco (Brown), Joe Lubanski (Yale), Pat Ludwig (Yale), Heath Mayo (Brown), Sam Mulroy (Princeton), Jordan Serena (Columbia), Tyler Servais (Princeton), David Speer (Columbia), Brent Suter (Harvard), Kevin Tatum (Cornell), Vince Voiro (Penn)

NOTES
Double-Headers
For the first time this season, all eight teams will participate in back-to-back double-headers on the same two days, starting on Saturday, April 7. Princeton and Yale will face off in New Haven, Conn., Harvard will host Columbia, Cornell will travel to Brown and Dartmouth will welcome Penn. On Sunday, Princeton will make the trek to Providence, R.I., to face Brown, Yale will host Cornell, Penn will take on Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. and Columbia will head to Hanover, N.H., to face Dartmouth. Prior to the League double-headers, Princeton and Columbia will face Rutgers on April 3 and 4, respectively, and Harvard will host in-city rival Boston College on April 4.

Madness
College Sports Madness also picks an Ivy League Baseball Player of the Week. Cornell senior Brian Billigen has received the award twice (March 5, March 12), while Princeton's Sam Mulroy (March 19), Penn's Vince Voiro (March 26) and Penn's Greg Zebrack (April 3) have each been named once.

Ivy League Championship Series History
Beginning in 1993, the Ivy League champion, and NCAA Championship automatic qualifier, was determined by a three-game series played between the winners of the Rolfe and Gehrig Divisions.

All eight Ivy teams have won at least one League title since 1993. Princeton (seven) and Harvard (four) have combined to win 11 of the 19 Championship Series. Princeton is looking to become the first repeat Champion since it accomplished the feat in 2003-2004.

Championship Series Standings

Team App. W-L Pct. First App. Last App. Titles (Last)
Brown 1 2-0 1.000 2007 2007 1 (2007)
Columbia 3 3-5 0.375 1993 2010 1 (2008)
Cornell 2 1-4 0.200 2005 2009 1 (2009)
Dartmouth 7 7-12 0.368 2000 2011 2 (2010)
Harvard 8 10-8 0.556 1996 2006 4 (2005)
Penn 3 3-4 0.429 1994 2007 1 (1995)
Princeton 11 15-13 0.536 1996 2011 7 (2011)
Yale 2 4-1 0.800 1993 1994 2 (1994


Gone Streaking
Hitting

Player Team Streak
Brian Billigen Cornell 16
Marshall Yanzick Cornell 14
Jon Eisen Columbia 12*

*-Current (as of April 2)

Reached Base

Player Team Streak
Cale Hanson Yale 22*
Dario Pizzano Columbia 16*
Brian Billigen Cornell 16
Cale Hanson Yale 15
Marshall Yanzick Cornell 14
Mike Ford Princeton 13*

*-Current (as of April 2)


National Rankings
Team

Category Team Rank Actual
Batting Average Cornell 16 0.318
Scoring Cornell 17 7.2
Triples Per Game Penn 6 0.58
  Cornell 12 0.52
Triples Cornell 27 11.0
  Penn 27 11.0
Slugging Percentage Cornell 14 0.459
Stolen Bases Per Game Penn 18 1.89
On-Base Percentage Cornell 13 0.406
Win-Lost Percentage Cornell 22 0.738

Individual

Category Name Team Rank Actual
Batting Average Alec Keller Princeton 22 0.425
  Brian Billigen Cornell 24 0.422
  Sam Mulroy Princeton 31 0.416
Doubles Per Game Dario Pizzano Columbia 12 0.48
  Dustin Selzer Dartmouth 18 0.46
  Greg Zebrack Penn 28 0.44
  Joe Sclafani Dartmouth 32 0.44
Doubles Dario Pizzano Columbia 28 11.0
Triples Per Game Nick Fornaca Brown 16 0.17
Home Runs Per Game Chris Cruz Cornell 16 0.33
  Sam Mulroy Princeton 24 0.32
Home Runs Chris Cruz Cornell 35 7.0
Slugging Percentage Chris Cruz Cornell 16 0.718
  Sam Mulroy Princeton 18 0.714
  Brian Billigen Cornell 24 0.699
  Greg Zebrack Penn 25 0.698
Strikeouts Per Nine Innings Connor Cuff Penn 11 11.7
Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings Brian McAfee Cornell 10 0.64
Strikeout-to-Walk Ratio Brian McAfee Cornell 3 13.0
Complete Games Brent Jones Cornell 4 3.0
  Vince Voiro Penn 4 3.0
  Mitch Horacek Dartmouth 22 2.0
  Pat Lowery Columbia 22 2.0