PRINCETON, N.J. -- Big wins over top-ranked
teams: just another week in Ivy League baseball.
The Ancient Eight took to the diamond for the first time in 2014, with Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale all picking up wins against tough opponents, the highlight of which being the Bulldogs’ 8-7 victory over No. 3 LSU.
Cornell took two of three at Navy, while Columbia split a four-game set with South Florida, handing the Bulls their first two losses of the season. Dartmouth, meanwhile, dropped two of three at FIU, ranked No. 30 in the nation by Collegiate Baseball.
But the big win came in Baton Rouge, La., where Yale handed No. 3 LSU just its second loss of the season with an 8-7 victory. Trailing the Tigers 6-0 in the fourth, the Bulldogs scored four in the top of the fifth and eventually knotted the game at seven with two more in the seventh. Then in the top half of the eighth, Green Campbell reached first on a bunt, got to third on a pair of ground outs and came home on an LSU error for the gamewinning run.
The upcoming week is highlighted by Brown’s season opening series, against none other than the team currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by some polls, South Carolina.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior Jordan Serena (Parker, Colo.) was instrumental in the Lions’ 2-0 start – their first since 1999 – as he batted 5-of-9 () with two doubles, four runs, an RBI and a stolen base in his team’s first two games of the season, both victories over South Florida. For the week, Serena hit .562 (9-of-16) with six runs, three doubles, one RBI, one walk and three steals. He recorded at least one hit and scored at least one run in each of the four games over the weekend.
Serena earns his first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the first Lion to receive the first Player of the Week honor of the season since Nick Cox in 2011.
Serena’s Weekly Stats
4 GP, .562 AVG. (9-of-16), .750 Slugging %, .611 OBP, 6 Runs, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 3 SB
Dartmouth senior Jeff Keller (Atherton, Calif.) recorded at least two hits in all three games over the weekend, as the Big Green took on FIU. Keller batted .538 in the series (7-of-13), scoring four runs and knocking in three more, with four doubles and two steals. His best game came in the rubber match, an 11-7 FIU victory, when he hit 3-of-5 with two runs, two doubles and three RBI.
Keller takes home his third career Player of the Week honor and his fourth Ivy League weekly award, as he was a one-time Rookie of the Week in 2011.
Keller’s Weekly Stats
3 GP, .538 AVG. (7-of-13), .846 Slugging %, .571 OBP, 4 Runs, 4 2B, 3 RBI, 2 SB
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Columbia senior David Speer (Westport, Conn.) was given the ball to start the Lions’ first game of the season. The lefthander did not disappoint, striking out eight USF batters over eight innings while giving up just five hits in a 1-0 Columbia victory. It marked the Lions’ first win in a season opener since 2002. Speer threw 102 pitches while shutting out a Bulls team that came into the contest averaging 9.4 runs and 12.7 hits per contest.
Speer earns his first career Ivy League weekly award and gives the Lions Pitcher and Player of the Week for the first time since March 30, 2010, when Dean Forthun was named Player of the Week and Dan Bracey shared Pitcher of the Week.
Speer’s Weekly Stats
1 APP, 1 GS, 8.0 IP, 5 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman Nick Hernandez (Miami) certainly did not play like a rookie, batting 5-of-11 (.455) in three games against UC Santa Barbara. He recorded two multi-hit games and finished the weekend with two runs, a double and two RBI.
Hernandez is the Princeton’s first Rookie of the Week since Tyler Servais on March 20, 2012.
Hernandez’s Weekly Stats
3 GP, .455 AVG. (5-of-11), .545 Slugging %, .500 OBP, 2 Runs, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB
Robert Baldwin, Yale (Fr., C – Austin, Texas)
3 GP, .300 AVG. (3-of-10), .300 Slugging %, .300 OBP, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Austin Bossart, Penn (Jr., C – O’Fallon, Ill.)
3 GP, .333 AVG. (4-of-12), .667 Slugging %, .429 OBP, 1 Run, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB
Jack Colton, Harvard (Jr., OF – Milton, Mass.)
4 GP, .400 AVG. (8-of-20), .500 Slugging %, .400 OBP, 2 Runs, 2 2B, 4 RBI
Connor Cuff, Penn (Jr., RHP – Western Springs, Ill.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 6 IP, 5 Hits, 1 Run, 0 ER, 2 BB, 7K, 0.00 ERA, ND
Chasen Ford, Yale (Fr., RHP – Lake Forest, Calif.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 6.1 IP, 6 Hits, 2 Runs, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2K, 2.84 ERA, 0-1
Nick Gruener, Harvard (Fr., RHP – Miami)
1 APP, 1 GS, 7.2 IP, 5 Hits, 3 Runs, 3 ER, 0 BB, 6K, 3.52 ERA, ND
Brent Jones, Cornell (Jr., RHP – Albuquerque, N.M.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 6 IP, 4 Hits, 1 Run, 0 ER, 2 BB, 8K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
Beau Sulser, Dartmouth (So., RHP – Santa Ysabel, Calif.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 5.0 IP, 3 Hits, 0 Runs, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2K, 0.00 ERA, 1-0
JD Whetsel, Cornell (Jr., OF – Liberty Township, Ohio)
3 GP, .417 AVG. (5-of-12), .500 Slugging %, .500 OBP, 2 Runs, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB
Friday, March 7
^Princeton at Michigan, 1 pm
Penn at Navy, 2 pm
Columbia at Kennesaw State, 4 pm
Brown at No. 3 South Carolina, 7 pm
Harvard at Lamar, 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 8
&Penn at Towson, 10:30 am
^Princeton at Michigan, 11 am
Cornell at George Washington, 2:30 pm
Columbia at Kennesaw State, 3 pm
Brown at No. 3 South Carolina, 4 pm
Harvard at Lamar, 5 pm
Sunday, March 9
^Princeton at Michigan, 11 am
&Penn at Monmouth, 11:30 am
Harvard at Lamar, 12 pm
Cornell DH at George Washington, 12 pm/2:30 pm
Brown at No. 3 South Carolina, 12:30 pm
Columbia at Kennesaw State, 1 pm
%LIU vs. Yale, 6 pm
^-at St. Lucie, Fla.
&-at Annapolis, Md.
%-RussMatt Invitational at Winter Haven, Fla.