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Softball Weekly Release - Week 7

Softball Weekly Release - Week 7
From L-R: Princeton's Alex Peyton, Cornell's Marissa Amiraian and Yale's Chelsey Dunham

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- The final weekend of cross-divisional play took place, with series splits proving to be the overriding theme. Yale, however, proved to be the big winner by picking up two wins apiece over Penn and Columbia. The Bulldogs then downed Rhode Island in two games on Sunday to push their winning streak to six games. Taking a quick glance at the standings, Harvard remains on top of the North Division with a 6-2 record, but Yale and Brown are only a game off the pace, with Dartmouth only two games back at 4-4. Cornell continues to lead the South with a 5-3 mark, with Princeton sitting a game back at 4-4.

Senior outfielder Marissa Amiraian (Latham, N.Y.) led the Big Red offense last weekend, as Cornell earned series splits at Dartmouth and Harvard. The Big Red’s leadoff hitter, Amiraian was able to get on base regularly and she scored at least two runs in each of Cornell’s four games. She had three multi-hit contests and two three-hit games.

All told, Amiraian scored nine times against two of the conference’s top pitching staffs and had two doubles and two triples on the weekend. She also batted .562 with a .938 slugging percentage. Amiraian joins Kristen Towne (March 29) as the second member of the Big Red to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors in 2011.

Amiraian’s Weekly Stats
4 GP, 16 AB, 9 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 BB, 1 SAC, 1 RBI, .562 Avg., .938 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%

Sophomore pitcher Alex Peyton (Fullerton, Calif.) helped Princeton to a 3-3 week that included series splits with Lehigh as well as with Ivy foes Harvard and Dartmouth. She made three starts and appeared in four games en route to a personal 2-1 record and an 1.83 ERA.

Peyton’s strong outings in her Ivy starts highlighted her week. First, after Princeton had dropped the first game versus Harvard, she earned a complete game 3-2 win over the Crimson. Peyton scattered six hits in the outing, while striking out four and issuing only one walk, handing Harvard its first Ivy loss of the season. She then tossed a complete game shutout against the Big Green, as the Tigers held on for a 1-0 win. Peyton is Princeton’s first Ivy League Pitcher of the Week since April 8, 2008 when Kristen Schaus earned the honor.

Peyton’s Weekly Stats
1.83 ERA, 2-1, 4 App., 3 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 23.0 IP, 19 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 16 SO, 7 BB

Freshman pitcher Chelsey Dunham (Fairfax Station, Va.) had a busy week; making three starts and appearing in two other games as she recorded a 4-1 record in those five. Her four wins combined with a 2.10 ERA helped her earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the second time this season (March 15).

Dunham went the distance in all three of her starts to earn three wins, including Ivy League wins over Penn and Columbia. After shutting down Columbia in the first game of the double header with seven strikeouts as part of a complete game shutout, Dunham was instrumental in Yale’s win in the nightcap. She entered the second game in the fifth inning in a precarious position – the score was tied at seven, there were no outs and the bases were loaded. Dunham, though, retired the next three hitters to keep the game deadlocked and the Bulldogs eventually pulled away for the 12-7 win. She also pitched eight innings against Rhode Island, leading the Bulldogs to a 4-3 extra innings win over the Rams to close out her weekend with an eight strikeout performance.  

Dunham’s Weekly Stats
2.10 ERA, 4-1, 5 App., 3 GS, 3 CG, 1 SHO, 30.0 IP, 19 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 20 SO, 18 BB

Hillary Baker, Dartmouth, Jr., P (Duvall, Wash.)
3.36 ERA, 2-0, 3 App., 3 GS, 1 CG, 16.1 IP, 25 H, 15 R, 9 ER, 14 SO, 6 BB
Batting: 5 H, 5 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI, .250 Avg.

Alyssa Caplan, Brown, So., RF (San Mateo, Calif.)
5 GP, 16 AB, 2R, 7 H, 1 2B, 6 RBI, .438 Avg., .500 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%

Kristie Chin, Brown, Sr., P (Katy, Texas)
4.61 ERA, 3-1, 5 App., 3 GS, 3 CG, 1 SHO, 27.1 IP, 32 H, 19 R, 18 ER, 10 SO, 7 BB // Batting: 6 H, 3 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, .462 Avg.

Morgan Cook, Columbia, Fr., 1B/OF (Gilbert, Ariz.)
4 GP, 11 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 RBI, .545 Avg., .909 Slg.%,
1.000 Fldg.%

Danielle Palms, Brown, Fr., SS (Smithfield, R.I.)
5 GP, 10 AB, 1 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 SB, 4 RBI, .500 Avg., 1.000 Fldg.%

Alisha Prystowsky, Penn, Sr., C (Montclair, N.J.)
6 GP, 20 AB, 5 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 1 SO, 4 RBI, .400 Avg., .750 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%

Kelsey Warkentine, Yale, So., DP (Auburn, Kan.)
5 GP, 13 AB, 7 R, 6 H, 4 2B, 1 HR, 1 SAC, 8 RBI, .462 Avg., 1.000 Slg.%

Stephanie Regan, Harvard, So., OF (Humble, Texas)
4 GP, 12 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .583 Avg., .917 Slg.%, .615 OBP

Christina Villalon, Cornell, Fr., OF (Robstown, Texas)
4 GP, 10 AB, 6 H, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 2 RBI, .600 Avg., .900 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%

Divisional play begins this weekend with each Ivy team playing back-to-back doubleheaders with the same divisional foe. It is the first of three such weekends. In the North Division, the leaders from Harvard play at Brown, which sits just a game off of the Crimson’s pace. Yale plays host to Dartmouth in the other North Division showdown. The Bulldogs are also just a game back of Harvard; while Dartmouth is a mere two games back at 4-4 on the year. Yale will be looking to build upon its streak of four straight League wins.

In the South, the leaders from Cornell travel to New York City to face Columbia, which will be looking to get back into the race with a strong weekend as they currently sit at 1-7 in Ivy play. The Big Red will be trying to build on its lead, as it currently sits just a game ahead of Princeton. The Tigers will try and close that gap with a four game set at Penn. At 2-6, a strong weekend by the Quakers would also get them back into the race for the division title.

Saturday, April 16
Harvard at Brown, 12:30 pm
Harvard at Brown, 2:30 pm
Cornell at Columbia, 12:30 pm
Cornell at Collumbia, 2:30 pm
Dartmouth at Yale, 12:30 pm
Dartmouth at Yale, 2:30 pm
Princeton at Penn, 12:30 pm
Princeton at Penn, 2:30 pm

Sunday, April 17
Harvard at Brown, 12:30 pm
Harvard at Brown, 2:30 pm
Cornell at Columbia, 12:30 pm
Cornell at Collumbia, 2:30 pm
Dartmouth at Yale, 12:30 pm
Dartmouth at Yale, 2:30 pm
Princeton at Penn, 12:30 pm
Princeton at Penn, 2:30 pm

* - Ivy League games listed