PRINCETON, N.J. -- In the final full week of non-conference action, several Ivy League teams had successful weeks, led by streaking Cornell, Dartmouth and Columbia.
The Big Red completed a busy stretch by playing in 12 games over its spring break and is on a current four-game winning streak that has pushed the Big Red back to .500 on the year at 11-11-1. Columbia and Dartmouth have each won two in a row, with Columbia closing out its week with a home sweep of Saint Peter’s and Dartmouth earning a neutral site sweep over Stetson in DeLand, Fla., as the Big Green also closed out its spring break trip with the program’s first two wins over Stetson. Harvard also won four of six last week to improve to 12-10 on the year.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore catcher/outfielder Kristen Towne (Brecksville, Ohio) led Cornell’s offense over the Big Red’s spring break trip in which they evened their record at 11-11-1 on the year. Towne amassed 34 at-bats in 11 games started and batted .471 with an .853 slugging percentage with three home runs and 12 RBI in 12 games this week for the Big Red.
Towne proved particularly efficient in the late innings. She slammed a two-run homer in the eighth inning to give Cornell a split with Longwood, drove in a run in the seventh to give the Big Red a victory over Bucknell, had a home run and five RBI in a win over Liberty and was 4-for-4 with three runs scored in a slugfest victory at Mount St. Mary’s. All told, Towne had five multi-hit games during the team’s spring break trip with four games of at least three hits. She also was perfect in 40 fielding chances during the week, primarily at catcher. Towne was the last Big Red Player to be named the Ivy League Player of the Week, having earned the honor on April 27, 2010.
Towne’s Weekly Stats
11 GS, 34 AB, 7 R, 16 H, 12 RBI, 4 2B, 3 HR, 2 BB, 4 SO, .471 Avg., .853 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior Elizabeth Dalrymple (Devon, Pa.) went 4-0 with a 1.17 ERA in five starts last week en route to becoming the school’s all-time strikeout leader. She struck out at least six hitters in each game, including a five-hit shutout win over defending Patriot League champ Bucknell in which she struck out 11. In two games on the week versus the Bison, she scattered nine hits and struck out 18 while surrendering just one run.
Dalrymple also allowed just two hits and struck out eight in an eight-inning win at Longwood and scattered six hits and one run against George Washington in a game that ended in a tie due to the lack of lights. Her complete game victory over Liberty saw her break the school’s career strikeout record and she ended the week with 523 for her career. It is the second time Dalrymple has been named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week in 2011 (March 15).
Dalrymple’s Weekly Stats
1.17 ERA, 4-0, 5 App., 5 GS, 5 CG, 1 SHO, 36.0 IP, 24 H, 10 R, 6 ER, 39 SO, 9 BB
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman pitcher Mikenzie Voves (Maple Valley Wash.) picked up both of the Quakers’ wins last week. She tossed a complete game against Lehigh in which she scattered four hits over seven innings en route to earning the win. Her other win came in relief against Rider. She was perfect for the last three innings of the game, getting nine outs from eight hitters while not allowing a hit. Batters hit just .184 against Voves over her three appearances and managed just two extra base hits – a pair of doubles. Voves becomes the second Quaker to earn Rookie of the Week honors this year, joining Kayla Dahlerbruch (March 8).
Voves’ Weekly Stats
2.93 ERA, 2-1, 3 App., 2 GS, 1 CG, 14.1 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 6 ER, 10 SO, 8 BB
Rachel Brown, Harvard, Jr., P (San Diego, Calif.)
2.01 ERA, 2-1, 4 App., 3 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 22.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 43 SO, 8 BB
Meghan Everett, Dartmouth, Jr., LF (Flemington, N.J.)
2 GP, 8 AB, 5 H, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 SO, 1 SB, .625 Avg., .750 Slg.%
Prophet Gaspard, Columbia, Fr., P (Abbeville, La.)
0.00 ERA, 1-0, 1 App., 1 GS, 1 CG, 6.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 7 SO, 7 BB
Elysse Gorney, Penn, Fr., OF (Orlando, Fla.)
4 GP, 11 AB, 5 H, 3 R, 0 SO, 3 BB, .455 Avg., 1.000 Fld%
Ellen Macadam, Harvard, Sr., 2B (Atlanta, Ga.)
6 GP, 18 AB, 8 H, 6 R, 2 2B, 3 SO, 2 RBI, .444 Avg., .556 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%
Tory Roberts, Princeton, Fr., IF (Ramona, Calif.)
2 GP, 6 AB, 3 H, 2 R, 2 2B, 1 SO, 1 RBI, .500 Avg., 1.333 Slg.%
Anne Marie Skylis, Columbia, Sr., C (Ortonville, Mich.)
2 GP, 7 AB, 3 H, 2 R, 3 RBI, .429 Avg., .857 Slg.%, .938 Fld%
Stephanie Thompson, Brown, So., 3B (Chino, Calif.)
2 GP, 7 AB, 3 H, 2 R, 2 HR, 2 RBI, .429 Avg.
Christina Villalon, Cornell, Fr., OF/DH/C (Robstown, Texas)
11 GP, 27 AB, 7 H, 3 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 BB, 7 RBI, .259 Avg., .444 Slg.%, 1.00 Fldg.%
Katie Yanagisawa, Yale, Sr., 2B (Woodbridge, Conn.)
2 GP, 6 AB, 2 H, 1 BB, .333 Avg., 1.000 Fld%
The 32nd season of Ivy play gets underway in earnest this weekend as the Ancient Eight begin their Ivy League seasons. Harvard, Yale, Brown and Dartmouth are chasing the North Division Crown, while Cornell, Princeton, Penn and Columbia are looking to finish atop the South Division.
At the conclusion of the regular season, each of the Division winners will meet in a three-game championship series for the fifth consecutive year. The series will be played at the site of the team with the best regular season Ivy record. Last season, Cornell defeated Harvard, two games to one, at home to take the 2010 Ivy League title and advance to NCAA Championship play.
WEEKEND IVY SCHEDULE
Friday, April 1
Brown at Princeton, 2 pm
Brown at Princeton, 4 pm
Dartmouth at Columbia, 2 pm
Dartmouth at Columbia, 4 pm
Yale at Cornell, 2 pm
Yale at Cornell, 3:30 pm
Harvard at Penn, 2 pm
Harvard at Penn, 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 2
Brown at Cornell, 12:30 pm
Brown at Cornell, 2:30 pm
Harvard at Columbia, 12:30 pm
Harvard at Columbia, 2:30 pm
Yale at Princeton, 12:30 pm
Yale at Princeton, 2:30 pm
Dartmouth at Penn, 2 pm
Dartmouth at Penn, 4 pm
* - Constests listed are Ivy League games