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Baseball Weekly Release - Week 7

Baseball Weekly Release - Week 7

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Photos courtesy of Dartmouth, Princeton and Yale Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. – Yale sophomore first baseman Benny Wanger, Dartmouth junior right-handed pitcher Jack Fossand and Princeton freshman infielder David Harding were named the Ivy League Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Week, respectively. Each helped his team go .500-or-better in Ancient Eight play last weekend.

LEAGUE NOTES

  • Yale tops the Red Rolfe Division standings with a League-best 7-1 mark, while Princeton reigns over the Lou Gehrig Division at 5-3.
  • Columbia earned a key non-conference victory on April 5, upsetting consensus top 15-ranked team St. John's, 7-4. 
  • Harvard's Patrick Robinson (.385) and Cornell's Dale Wickham (.383) continue to top the Ancient Eight in batting average. Robinson also claims a League-best .641 slugging percentage, while Wickham leads the conference with 12 doubles.
  • Columbia's Liam McGill leads all Ivies and ranks 19th nationally with a .500 on-base percentage.
  • Yale's Scott Politz boasts a League-best six wins and trails only Penn's Adam Bleday (45) with 43 strikeouts and Harvard's Ian Miller (4) with three complete games.
  • Politz is 1-of-26 pitchers in NCAA Division I to own six-or-more victories on the year. Miller leads the nation in complete games, while Politz ranks fourth.
  • Big Green stopper Chris Burkholder owns an Ancient Eight-high seven saves, which ranks 21st in NCAA Division I.
  • Princeton's Ben Gross (1.46), Penn's Jake Cousins (1.63) and Columbia's Josh Simpson (1.82) each own a sub-2.00 ERA. Both Gross (30th) and Cousins (39th) rank among the top 50 in NCAA Division I.
  • Yale's Griffen Dey paces all Ivies with seven home runs and 24 RBIs, while teammate Tim DeGraw has tallied a League-leading 27 runs scored and 13 stolen bases.
  • Penn's Matt McGeagh (52) and Tim Graul (51) top the Ancient Eight standings in total bases.
  • 19-of-23 Ivy League games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) this week, including all 16 conference games.
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 11
Harvard at Boston College, 3 pm
UMass Lowell at Dartmouth, 3 pm [ILDN]
Sacred Heart at Yale, 3:30 pm
Brown at Rhode Island, 3:30 pm
Monmouth at Columbia, 3:30 pm [ILDN]

Wednesday, April 12
Penn at Delaware, 3 pm
Binghamton at Cornell, 4 pm [ILDN]

Saturday, April 15
Brown at Dartmouth, 12 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 12 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 12 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Harvard, 1 pm [ILDN]
Brown at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 3 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Harvard, 3:30 pm [ILDN]

Sunday, April 16
Brown at Dartmouth, 12 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 12 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Harvard, 12 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 12 pm [ILDN]
Brown at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Harvard, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 2:30 pm [ILDN]

KEY
ILDN-Broadcast on The Ivy League Digital Network

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale sophomore first baseman Benny Wanger came through in the clutch for the Bulldogs, providing game-winning RBIs in a trio of one-run victories to vault Yale to the top of the Red Rolfe Division standings at 7-1.

The Newtown, Mass., native had a walk-off double in the bottom of the 10th inning to lead the Bulldogs to a series sweep of Penn. He then added a two-run homer in the third inning in the opener against Columbia and a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning of game two, which each provided game-winning RBIs. On the week, Wanger tallied two doubles, a home run, three walks, two runs scored and six RBIs, while hitting .313 and slugging .625.

Wanger is the third Yale student-athlete to earn a Player of the Week nod this season, joining Tim DeGraw (March 13) and Richard Slenker (March 20).

Wanger's Statistics for the Week
5 G, .313 (5-for-16), 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 3 BB, .381 OBP, .625 SLG

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior right-handed pitcher Jack Fossand (Woodbury, Minn.) tossed a gem against Cornell to help the Big Green salvage a series split with a 5-0 win.

After entering the game with a 7.07 ERA, the Woodbury, Minn., product threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just one hit and two walks. Fossand struck out two and induced a pair of double plays, while throwing just 72 pitches. Over the junior's career-high seven innings on the mound, the Big Red pushed just two runners into scoring position. The victory was Fossand's first of the season and the second of his career.

Fossand is the third Big Green pitcher to earn the weekly honor, joining Beau Sulser (March 6) and Michael Danielak (March 27).

Fossand's Statistics for the Week 
1 APP, 1 GS, 1-0, 7.0 IP, 1 H, 2 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman infielder David Harding (Severna Park, Md.) played a key role in the Tigers 3-2 week—including a 3-1 mark on the road at Dartmouth and Harvard in League play.

Harding hit .333 with three doubles, three runs scored and nine RBIs. The Severna Park, Md., product also drew two walks and stole a base on the week. Harding tallied six RBIs in the opener at Harvard—the eight-most in Tiger program history. His two-run single up the middle in the fourth inning tied the game at 3-3, before he hit a bases-clearing three-run double in the seventh to blow the game open.

Harding is the first Tiger student-athlete to earn the Rookie of the Week award since Joseph Flynn and Jesper Horsted shared the honor on April 5, 2016.

Harding's Statistics for the Week
5 G, .333 (5-for-15), 3 R, 3 2B, 9 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, .421 OBP, .533 SLG

HONOR ROLL
Sam Grigo
, Brown (Jr., OF – Westbrook, Conn.)
4 G, .529 (9-for-17), 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBI, .529 OBP, .647 SLG

Will Tomlinson, Brown (Fr., RHP – Irvine, Calif.)
2 APP, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 K, 1.50 ERA

Julian Bury, Columbia (Fr., OF – Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
5 G, .304 (7-for-23), 4 R, 5 2B, 3 RBI, .304 OBP, .522 SLG

Randell Kanemaru, Columbia (Jr., 3B/SS – Santa Ana, Calif.)
5 G, .381 (8-for-21), 5 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, .409 OBP, .667 SLG

Josh Simpson, Columbia (So., LHP – Stafford, Conn.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA

Kyle Gallagher, Cornell (Jr., OF – Endwell, N.Y.)
5 G, .389 (7-for-18), 3 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, .389 OBP, .444 SLG

Tommy Morris, Cornell (Jr., RHP – Honolulu, Hawaii)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1-0, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 K, 0.00 ERA

Will Simoneit, Cornell (So., C – Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
5 G, .438 (7-for-16), 7 R, 3 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 4 BB, .591 OBP, 1.000 SLG

Justin Fowler, Dartmouth (Jr., IF – Aliso Viejo, Calif.)
5 G, .533 (8-for-15), 2 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, .588 OBP, .733 SLG

Josh Ellis, Harvard (Sr., C – Milton, Mass.)
4 G, .667 (8-for-12), 4 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, .714 OBP, .667 SLG

Quinn Hoffman, Harvard (Fr., IF – Del Mar, Calif.)
5 G, .375 (6-for-16), 4 R, 3 2B, 1 RBI, .412 OBP, .563 SLG

Jake Cousins, Penn (Sr., RHP – West Chicago, Ill.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1-0, 1 CG, 7.0 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 K, 2.57 ERA

Mitchell Holcomb, Penn (Fr., RHP – Georgetown, Texas)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1-0, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, 1.29 ERA

Matt O'Neill, Penn (So., C – Morristown, N.J.)
5 G, .500 (9-for-18), 4 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, .550 OBP, .778 SLG

Ben Gross, Princeton (Jr., RHP – Cranbury, N.J.)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1-0, 7.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, 1.17 ERA

Nick Hernandez, Princeton (Sr., OF – Miami, Fla.)
5 G, .368 (7-for-19), 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .400 OBP, .579 SLG

Conor Nolan, Princeton (Fr., OF – Henrico, Va.)
5 G, .364 (4-for-11), 4 R, 2 2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, 2 SB, .533 OBP, .545 SLG

Scott Politz, Yale (So., RHP – Austin, Texas)
1 APP, 1 GS, 1-0, 1 CG, 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 2.57 ERA