PRINCETON, N.J. -- After an April Fool’s Day storm shifted the League’s season-opening series back a day, the first weekend of Ivy games took place on Saturday and Sunday. Harvard put together the best weekend as it won all four of its Ivy games to jump out to an early lead in the North Division, followed by Brown and Dartmouth who each went 2-2 in their first four Ivy games of the year. Cornell went 3-1 in Ivy play to claim the early lead in the South Division, followed closely by Penn and Princeton, who each put together 2-2 records in League games.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore third baseman Noelle Ramirez (Pompton Plains, N.J.) filled the box scores as she helped the Big Green earn an Ivy League weekend-opening split, with Dartmouth recording two wins over Columbia but dropping a pair of closely contested games at Penn. All told, Ramirez batted .571 on the weekend, knocked in three runs, registered eight hits and swiped a bag.
Ramirez tallied four hits in the doubleheader against the Lions and had the game winning RBI single in the fourth inning to help the Big Green record a 1-0 victory in its Ivy League opener. In that 1-0 win, Ramirez was the only Dartmouth player to record more than one hit, going 2-for-3. In game one against Penn, she went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, including her team-leading third home run of the season. She is the first Big Green Player to be named Ivy League Player of the Week since April 7, 2009 when Ashley Gleason won the award.
Ramirez’s Weekly Stats
4 GP, 14 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 1 HR, 1 BB, 1 SO, 1 SB, 3 RBI, .571 Avg., .786 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman pitcher Laura Ricciardone (Slidell, La.) dazzled in her Ivy League debut en route to earning her first career Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honor. She picked up three of Harvard’s six wins last week, beginning with earning a midweek win over Rhode Island after she pitched four innings of shutout ball.
Then, Ricciardone tossed back-to-back complete games to earn League wins over Penn and Columbia. She tossed a complete-game shutout in her first career Ivy League start, allowing just one hit to Penn and striking out five in a 10-0 win. Against Columbia, she didn’t allow an earned run for her third straight start in a complete-game win in which she also struck out five. It is the third time a Harvard player has earned Pitcher of the Week honors this season, as Rachel Brown earned the honor on March 8 and March 22.
Ricciardone’s Weekly Stats
0.00 ERA, 3-0, 3 App., 3 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 16.0 IP, 13 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 11 SO, 3 BB
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman third baseman/designated player Kasey Lange (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) led Harvard to a 6-0 mark last week by pacing the Crimson offense. She batted .529 for the week while driving in nine, scoring eight runs and slugging .882. She had three doubles, a grand slam and added two stolen bases while only striking out once all week.
In midweek non-conference action versus Rhode Island, she had two hits, three walks and two steals before turning her attention to Ivy League foes. She had two hits and an RBI in a 10-0, five-inning win over Penn. In game one versus Columbia, Lange was 3-for-3 with a grand slam and two doubles. She then drove in the game-winning run in game two against the Lions with a two-run single and she also scored a run in the game. Lange is Harvard’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Whitney Shaw earned the honor on April 7, 2009.
Lange’s Weekly Stats
6 GP, 17 AB, 9 H, 8 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 1 SO, 2 SB, 9 RBI, .529 Avg., .882 Slg.%
Elizabeth Dalrymple, Cornell, Sr., P (Devon, Pa.)
0.47 ERA, 2-0, 3 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 15.0 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 19 SO, 2 BB
Meg Johnson, Yale, Jr., SS (New Milford, Conn.)
6 GP, 22 AB, 9 H, 5 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 SB, 9 RBI, .409 Avg., .636 Slg.%
Nicole Ontiveros, Princeton, Jr., OF (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
6 GP, 21 AB, 9 H, 7 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, .429 Avg., .524 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%
Alisha Prystowsky, Penn, Sr., C (Montclair, N.J.)
5 GP, 14 AB, 5 H, 3 R, 1 3B, 1 SO, 2 RBI, .357 Avg., .571 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia, Fr., 3B (Canby, Ore.)
6 GP, 21 AB, 9 H, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .429 Avg., .476 Slg.%, .955 Fld%
Kate Strobel, Brown, Jr., 1B (Denver, Colo.)
4 GP, 13 AB, 6 H, 3 R, 3 HR, 1 BB, 1 SB, 9 RBI, .462 Avg., 1.000 Fldg.%
Week two of Ivy League play features some intriguing matchups as the teams begin to jockey for positioning in their respective Divisions. North leaders Harvard will play host to Princeton on Friday before welcoming South leaders Cornell on Saturday in a rematch of last season’s championship series, which Cornell won two games to one. After taking on Harvard, Princeton will continue on the road and finish out its weekend at Dartmouth. Both teams carry 2-2 marks into the weekend. Before hosting Princeton, Dartmouth welcomes on Cornell on Friday.
Looking for its first Ivy wins of the season, Columbia begins its weekly League slate with a pair of games at Brown on Friday, followed by two more games at Yale on Saturday. Brown is trying to build on the momentum it started to generate last weekend by splitting a pair of games with both Princeton and Cornell. After hosting Columbia, the Bears welcome come-from-behind specialists Penn for a pair of games on Saturday. The Bulldogs will be looking to make up ground in the North Division as they play their first home League games of the season versus Penn and Columbia.
WEEKEND IVY SCHEDULE*
Friday, April 8
Columbia at Brown, 2 pm
Columbia at Brown, 4 pm
Cornell at Dartmouth, 2 pm
Cornell at Dartmouth, 3:30 pm
Princeton at Harvard, 2 pm
Princeton at Harvard, 4:30 pm
Penn at Yale, 2 pm
Penn at Yale, 4 pm
Saturday, April 9
Penn at Brown, 12:30 pm
Penn at Brown, 2:30 pm
Columbia at Yale, 12:30 pm
Columbia at Yale, 2:30 pm
Cornell at Harvard, 12:30 pm
Cornell at Harvard, 2 pm
Princeton at Dartmouth, 12:30 pm
Princeton at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm
* - Constests listed are Ivy League games