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Baseball Weekly Release - Week 7

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the second-straight week, Lou Gehrig proved to be the better division, as no team did worse than 2-2 in Ivy League play, while Cornell (7-1 Ivy) went 4-0 and Princeton (6-2 Ivy) finished 3-1. Penn (5-3 Ivy) and Columbia (5-3 Ivy) each went 2-2 over the weekend and Dartmouth (4-4 Ivy) stands in first place in the Red Rolfe Division after a 3-1 week.

The League went 5-5 in non-conference action last week, with wins over La Salle (Penn), Boston College (Harvard) and Rutgers (Columbia). In the second set of back-to-back double-headers, Cornell swept Brown and Yale, while Princeton went 3-1 against those two teams. The Bears and Bulldogs fell to 3-5 and 0-8 in Ivy play, respectively. Harvard (2-6 Ivy) went 1-3 on the weekend, splitting with Columbia before being swept by Penn.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
The Big Green went 4-1 overall last week, defeating St. Anselm in non-conference play, earning a sweep of Penn on Saturday and splitting with Columbia on Sunday. Senior shortstop Joe Sclafani (Palm City, Fla.) was instrumental in his team’s success, batting .476 (10-of-21) with seven runs and six RBI.

Sclafani batted .556 (10-of-18) in Dartmouth’s four victories, before Columbia held the senior shortstop hitless on a 4-3 Lions’ victory. Sclafani hit for the cycle for the week, with three doubles, two triples and one home run for a .952 slugging percentage. He walked twice and posted a .522 on-base percentage. Sclafani recorded four multi-hit games and knocked in at least one run in four of the five games on the week.

Sclafani received his third career Player of the Week award and his first since April 20, 2010, when he shared the honor with Penn’s Jeremy Maas. Sclafani is the first Dartmouth player to be named Player of the Week since Chris O’Dowd on May 3, 2011. He is now tied for the Ivy League career record in triples with 18.

Sclafani’s Weekly Stats
5 GP, .476 AVG. (10-of-21), .952 Slugging %, .522 OBP, 2 BB, 7 Runs, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI (4-1)

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior pitcher Matt Bowman (Chevy Chase, Md.) was a force on the mound and at the plate for the Tigers, who went 3-2 last week. For his efforts, Bowman was named Pitcher of the Week.

After Princeton swept Yale, 6-3 and 2-1, Bowman kept the winning streak going with a complete game shutout of Brown, as the Tigers won, 8-0. The junior righthander struck out 12 over seven innings of work, giving up just six hits and two walks. Bowman limited Bears batters to .214 from the plate (6-of-28), while improving to 3-2 on the year.

Not content with throwing a complete game shutout, Bowman batted .450 in five games (9-of-20), slugging .500 and recording an on-base percentage of .500. He walked twice, hit one double, scored three runs and knocked in five more.

Bowman takes home his first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the second Tigers hurler to be named Pitcher of the Week, joining Zak Hermans (March 6).

Bowman’s Weekly Stats
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SO, 7.0 IP, 6 Hits, 2 BB, 12 K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
5 GP, .450 AVG. (9-of-20), .500 Slugging %, .500 OBP, 2 BB, 3 Runs, 1 2B, 5 RBI

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown finished 1-5 last week but it was not due to the efforts of freshman Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) Marcal batted .429 (9-of-21) and slugged .905 en route to being named Rookie of the Week.

Marcal led the Bears at the plate last week, with two home runs, four doubles, 10 runs and six RBI. He walked four times and finished with a .520 on-base percentage. He recorded three multi-hit games, including a 4-of-4 performance in the Bears’ final game of the week, a 13-6 win over Princeton. There, Marcal recorded three runs, a double, a walk and two RBI. On the mound, Marcal started one game, striking out four over five innings of work in a loss to Princeton.

Marcal is the first Brown athlete to be named Rookie of the Week since Anthony Galan shared the award on March 15, 2011. He is the first Brown player to be the sole winner of Rookie of the Week since Brad Kottman on March 16, 2010.

Marcal’s Weekly Stats
1 AP, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 10 hits, 1 BB, 4 K, 9.00 ERA, 0-1
6 GP, .429 AVG. (9-of-21), .905 Slugging %, .520 OBP, 4 BB, 10 Runs, 4 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI

HONOR ROLL
Tanner Anderson, Harvard, Fr., RHP/3B (Tampa, Fla.)
1 AP, 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 4 Hits, 7 K, 3.18 ERA, 1-0
2 GP, .500 AVG. (1-of-2), 1.000 Slugging %, .750 OBP, 1 BB, 1 2B

Nolan Becker, Yale, Jr., P (New York)
2 APP, 7.0 IP, 3 Hits, 4 BB, 11 K, 2.57 ERA, 0-0

Ryan Brenner, Yale, Sr., C (Manhasset, N.Y.)
4 GP, .533 AVG. (8-of-15), .636 OBP, .500 Slugging %, 3 BB, 2 Runs, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 SB

Jon Eisen, Columbia, Sr., INF (Nashville, Tenn.)
5 GP, .450 AVG. (9-of-20), .550 Slugging %, .500 OBP, 1 BB, 6 Runs, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 4 SB

Mitch Horacek, Dartmouth, So., LHP (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 7.0 IP, 6 Hits, 2 BB, 7 K, 2.57 ERA, 1-0

Jake McGuiggan, Harvard, Jr., SS (Hingham, Mass.)
5 GP, .471 AVG. (8-of-17), .706 Slugging %, .474 OBP, 1 BB, 3 Runs, 4 2B, 1 RBI

John Mishu, Princeton, Jr., OF (Nashville, Tenn.)
5 GP, .333 AVG. (7-of-21), .714 Slugging %, .364 OBP, 1 BB, 5 Runs, 1 3B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 1 SB

Brenton Peters, Cornell, Jr., INF (Leesburg, Va.)
6 GP, .409 AVG. (9-of-22), .545 Slugging %, .536 OBP, 4 BB, 6 Runs, 1 HR, 4 RBI

Thomas Roulis, Dartmouth, Fr., INF (New Hyde Park, N.Y.)
4 GP, .429 AVG. (6-of-14), .471 OBP, 2 BB, 4 Runs, 4 RBI

David Speer, Columbia, So., LHP (Westport, Conn.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 3 Hits, 5 K, 4.26 ERA, 1-0

David Spinosa, Columbia, Fr., RHP (Charlottesville, Va.)
2 APP, 2.2 IP, 1 Hit, 3 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA, 1 Sv., 1-0

Cody Thomson, Penn, So., RHP (Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1 CG, 1 SO, 7.0 IP, 5 Hits, 3 BB, 4 K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0

Kellon Urbon, Cornell, Fr., RHP (San Diego)
2 APP, 6.0 IP, 3 Hits, 3 K, 1 Sv., 0.00 ERA, 1-0

Greg Zebrack, Penn, Jr., OF (Northridge, Calif.)
5 GP, .375 AVG. (6-of-16), .938 Slugging %, .538 OBP, 3 BB, 7 Runs, 3 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 1 SB

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)
April 10 – Joe Sclafani (Dartmouth)

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)
April 10 – Matt Bowman (Princeton)

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)
April 10 – Will Marcal (Brown)

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)

April 10 – Tanner Anderson (Harvard), Nolan Becker (Yale), Ryan Brenner (Yale), Jon Eisen (Columbia), Mitch Horacek (Dartmouth), Jake McGuiggan (Harvard), John Mishu (Princeton), Brenton Peters (Cornell), Thomas Roulis (Dartmouth), David Speer (Columbia), David Spinosa (Columbia), Cody Thomson (Penn), Kellon Urbon (Cornell), Greg Zebrack (Penn)

NOTES
Double-Headers
For the first time this season, the Ivy League schedule will feature four-game series, as the teams will play back-to-back double-headers against each other on Saturday and Sunday. Brown will host Dartmouth, Cornell will take on Columbia, Princeton will face Penn and Yale will welcome Harvard.

The League's non-conference slate holds a regional flavor this week, as Harvard will take on Boston College in the first round of the Beanpot Championship before facing Northeastern, Columbia will take on St. John's, Princeton will host Seton Hall, Penn will face La Salle, Brown will take on UConn, Dartmouth will play Holy Cross, Cornell will welcome Binghamton and Yale will take part in a double-header against Fairfield.

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), Penn's Greg Zebrack (April 2) and Cornell's Connor Kaufmann (April 9) 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
Jon Eisen Columbia 17*
Brian Billigen Cornell 16
Marshall Yanzick Cornell 14

*-Current (as of April 9)

Reached Base

Player Team Streak
Cale Hanson Yale 27*
Dario Pizzano Columbia 21*
Jon Eisen Columbia 17*
Brian Billigen Cornell 16
Cale Hanson Yale 15
Chris Cruz Cornell 14*
Marshall Yanzick Cornell 14
Spencer Branigan Penn 14
Mike Ford Princeton 13*

*-Current (as of April 9)


National Rankings
Team

Category Team Rank Actual
Batting Average Cornell 17 0.312
Scoring Cornell 19 7.1
Triples Per Game Cornell 17
0.46
  Penn 19 0.46
Triples Cornell 21 13.0
  Penn 30 12.0
Home Runs Per Game Princeton 23 0.83
Slugging Percentage Cornell 15 0.454
Stolen Bases Per Game Penn 39 1.62
Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings Dartmouth 33 2.81
Double Plays Per Game Columbia 24 1.0
On-Base Percentage Cornell 12 0.403
Win-Lost Percentage Cornell 15 0.768

Individual

Category Name Team Rank Actual
Batting Average Brian Billigen
Cornell 23 0.408
  Alex Keller
Princeton 27 0.407
Doubles Per Game Greg Zebrack
Penn 6
0.52
  Dario Pizzano
Columbia 9
0.46
  Wes Van Boom
Brown 10 0.46
  Joe Sclafani Dartmouth 12 0.45
Doubles Dario Pizzano Columbia 18 13.0
  Greg Zebrack Penn 18 13.0
  Wes Van Boom Brown 36 12.0
Home Runs Per Game Sam Mulroy
Princeton 23
0.29
  Chris Cruz
Cornell 27 0.29
Home Runs Chris Cruz Cornell 32 8.0
RBI Per Game Brian Billigen Cornell 22 1.16
Slugging Percentage Greg Zebrack
Penn 8 0.756
  Brian Billigen
Cornell 19 0.694
  Sam Mulroy
Princeton 25 0.67
Sacrifice Flies Greg Zebrack Penn 16 5.0
Walks Allowed Per Nine Innings Brian McAfee Cornell 26 1.03
  Stefan Olson Columbia 39 1.17
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 22 7.25
Complete Games Vince Voiro Penn 4 4.0
 
Mitch Horacek Dartmouth 10 3.0
  Brent Jones Cornell 10 3.0