PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2011 softball season got
underway last weekend with seven of the eight Ivy League teams
playing in various tournaments in Maryland, Virginia and
In the Miken Classic at Florida Atlantic, Harvard turned in three wins including a season-opening victory against Seton Hall (2-0) as well as wins over Michigan State (7-2) and Providence College (4-3). Brown turned in win over Hampton (3-2) to get its season started on a high note, as did defending Ivy League Champion Cornell. The Big Red bested Rider (4-0).
After dropping its first two games of the year, Dartmouth rallied to take two of its last three games of the weekend. The Big Green put up wins over Tennessee-Martin (5-4) and Colgate (7-5). Penn and Princeton added a win apiece to push the League's opening weekend win total to nine. Penn downed Bryant (7-4), while Princeton edged Iona (7-6).
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior Ellen Macadam (Atlanta, Ga.) lifted the Crimson to three wins in five games at the Miken Classic at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton, Fla. Macadam went 3-for-4 in back-to-back games against Florida Atlantic and Michigan State, driving in two runs against the Spartans. Then, in Harvard's final game at the tournament, she led off the game with a homerun in 4-3 win over Providence.
All told, Macadam batted .500 (9 of 18) at the Miken Classic and added a double and two home runs while slugging .889 on the trip. She scored four runs and had 15 putouts, two assists and no errors at second base.
Macadam's Weekly Stats
5 GP, 18 AB, 9 H, 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO, 3 RBI, .500 Avg., .889 Slg. %
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior Rachel Brown (San Diego, Calif.) led the Crimson to three wins at Florida Atlantic's Miken Classic, which was played in Boca Raton, Fla. Brown put together an impressive weekend, earning all three of Harvard's wins from the mound. She tossed complete game wins in starts against Seton Hall (2-0) and Michigan State (7-2). She then closed out Harvard's stay at the Miken Classic by coming in from the bullpen and throwing 2.1 innings of scoreless relief against the Providence College Friars to earn her third win of the weekend.
Facing lineups that had already played at least ten games this season, Brown racked up 28 strikeouts, including 14 against the Pirates, while only walking two batters. She gave up just two runs in 16.1 innings for a 1.10 ERA. A unanimous All-Ivy first team selection as a sophomore, Brown has now been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week six times in her career.
Brown's Weekly Stats
1.10 ERA, 3-0, 3 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 16.1 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 28 SO, 2 BB
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Kayla Dahlerbruch (West Hills, Calif.) helped the Quakers to an opening day split, as they dropped an11-4 decision to Eastern Kentucky, but rebounded to defeat Bryant, 7-4. Dahlerbruch notched two hits in both games and recorded four RBI in her collegiate debut, all of which came with two outs. She batted .667 in the two-game span, while going 3-for-4 with runners on base and 2-for-2 with runners in
scoring position. In the field, she had four putouts, four assists and a perfect fielding percentage.
Dahlerbruch's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 6 AB, 4 H, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB, 4 RBI, .667 Avg., .833 Slg. %
Maggie Johnson, Columbia, Sr., P/1B (Danville, Calif.)
1.05 ERA, 0-3, 4 App., 3 GS, 2 CG, 20.0 IP, 16 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 9 SO, 1 BB
Noelle Ramirez, Dartmouth, So., 3B (Pompton Plains, N.J.)
5 GP, 17 AB, 7 H, 3R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SB, 5 RBI, .412 Avg.
Tory Roberts, Princeton, Fr., IF (Ramona, Calif.)
3 GP, 9 AB, 3 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 SB, 5 RBI, .333 Avg., .667 Slg. %
Stephanie Thompson, Brown, So., 3B (Chino, Calif.)
4 GP, 12 AB, 4 H, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .333 Avg., .667 Slg. %
Ali Tomlinson, Cornell, Sr., P (Hamilton, N.J.)
0.00 ERA, 1-0, 1 App., 1 GS, 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 SO, 3 BB
Karen Tulig, Columbia, Sr., 2B (Katy, Texas)
5 GP, 13 AB, 5 H, 3 2B, 2 BB, 1 SB, 2 RBI, .385 Avg., .615 Slg. %
Mikenzie Voves, Penn, Fr., P (Maple Valley, Wash.)
1.40 ERA, 1-0, 1 App., 0 GS, 5.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 SO, 1 BB
The Yale is the final Ivy team to open its season. The Bulldogs open their 2011 season with 10 games at the Rebel Spring Games in Kissimmee, Fla., including Tuesday's season-opening games versus Loyola and La Salle. Other teams the Bulldogs will play at the Tournament include Patriot League foes Lehigh and Holy Cross, as well as in-state rival Hartford.
Columbia begins a 10-game stretch at the Rebel Spring Games this weekend, starting with games against Bryant and Indiana State on March 11. Penn is also in the midst of a 10 game set at the Rebel Spring Games. The Quakers close out their stay in Kissimmee, Fla., with games versus Loyola and Valparaiso on March 11.
Brown's season continues this weekend at the UMBC Dawg Pound Invitational in Baltimore, Md., where the Bears are scheduled to play five games. Cornell is also scheduled to play five games this weekend, as its season continues at the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va.
Harvard and Princeton each begin spring break trips this weekend as well. The Crimson opens its break by playing at the UCR Tournament in Riverside, Calif., on March 11-13. Princeton heads down to Charlottesville, Va., for a five game set at the Virginia Invitational, which begins on March 12.
Dartmouth is off this week.