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April 19, 2011

Softball Weekly Release - Week 8

Complete Weekly Ivy League Softball Release in pdf format

PRINCETON, N.J. -- In the first weekend of Ivy League softball divisional play, Harvard and Penn recorded series sweeps, Dartmouth took three-of-four from Yale and Cornell and Columbia split their series in New York.

With its four-game sweep over Brown, Harvard moved to a three-game lead in the North Division standings. Dartmouth’s three wins at Yale kept the Big Green in second place in the North. Penn’s sweep of Princeton vaulted the Quakers into second place in the South and they now trail division leaders Cornell by just one game, thanks in part to Columbia’s split with the Big Red.  

PLAYER & ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman third baseman/designated player Kasey Lange (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) paced the Crimson offensive attack last week as she batted .591 over the course of seven games in which Harvard posted a 6-1 record. She totaled 18 RBI and slugged 1.182 for the week with a .593 on base percentage. Lange also played error-free softball in seven games started at third base en route to claiming both the Ivy League Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors. It is her first career Player of the Week honor and her second Rookie of the Year award (April 5).  

Lange opened the week with three home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross. Also in mid-week non-conference action, Lange drove in Harvard’s lone run in its 4-1 loss to ACC rival Boston College.   

Lange’s offensive momentum continued into the Crimson’s four-game sweep of North Division rival Brown over the weekend. She batted .538 versus the Bears, added eight RBI, scored three runs and recorded two doubles. With the two doubles to close out her weekend, Lange reached 17 on the year to lead the League and set the single-season record at Harvard. Lange also has an active seven-game RBI streak.

Lange’s Weekly Stats
7 GP, 22 AB, 6 R, 13 H, 18 RBI, 4 2B, 3 HR, 3 BB, 2 SAC, .591 Avg., 1.182 Slg.%, .593 OBP, 1.000 Fldg.%

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Freshman Prophet Gaspard (Abbeville, La.) posted a 2-1 record for Columbia last week, with all three of her appearances coming against South Division leader Cornell. Gaspard went the distance in both of her starts and also pitched 3.2 innings of relief in her final appearance of the weekend. Gaspard retired the final 19 batters she faced over the weekend, closing with a stingy 0.40 ERA and a .119 batting-average against.

Gaspard allowed just one earned run over 17.2 innings pitched. The first-year allowed just three hits in the first game of the series, and entered the seventh inning with a 1-0 lead but Ali Tomlinson connected on a two-run homer to give Cornell the come-from-behind 2-1 win in the series opening pitcher’s duel.

After Tomlinson’s home run, Gaspard scattered four hits over 10.2 innings pitched, including a four-hit, complete-game shutout on Sunday as the Big Red downed Cornell 6-0. It marks Gaspard’s second Weekly Ivy award, as she was named the League’s Rookie of the Year on March 22.  

Gaspard’s Weekly Stats
0.40 ERA, 2-1, 3 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 17.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 13 SO, 3 BB

HONOR ROLL
Marissa Amiraian, Cornell, Sr., OF (Latham, N.Y.)
6 GP, 18 AB, 2 R, 8 H, 1 RBI, 1 3B, 3 BB, 1 SB, .444 Avg., .524 OBP, 1.000 Fldg.%

Chelsey Dunham, Yale, Fr., P (Fairfax Station, Va.)
1.83 ERA, 1-1, 3 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 15.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 BB, 17 SO

Evan Gray, Dartmouth, So., P (Edmond, Okla.)
1.14 ERA, 1-0, 2 App., 2 GS, 1 CG, 12.1 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB

Cailyn Hennessy, Penn, Jr., P (Freehold, N.J.)
1.00 ERA, 2-0, 2 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 14 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 SO, 1 BB

Maggie Johnson, Columbia, Sr., P (Danville, Calif.)
1.35 ERA, 0-1, 2 App., 2 GS, 1 CG, 10.1 IP, 12 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 7 SO, 2 BB
Batting: 4 GP, 8 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 5 RBI, 3 HR, .625 Avg., 1.000 Fldg.%

Laura Ricciardone, Harvard, Fr., P (Slidell, La.)
0.50 ERA, 2-0, 3 App., 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 14 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 7 SO, 0 BB

Allison Scott, Harvard, Fr., C (Alpine, Calif.)
7 GP, 24 AB, 5 R, 13 H, 8 RBI, 4 2B, 3 HR, .542 Avg., 1.083 Slg.%,

Molly Khalil, Dartmouth, Jr., C/DP (Seal Beach, Ontario)
4 GP, 9 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 1 HR, 5 BB, .444 Avg., 1.000 Slg.%, .643 OBP, 1.000 Fldg.%

McKynlee Westman, Yale, Sr., C (Smithville, Mo.)
4 GP, 10 AB, 4 H, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 SAC, .400 Avg., .958 Fldg.%

Kelsey VandeBergh, Princeton, Jr., IF (Beaverton, Ore.)
4 GP, 9 AB, 5 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 1 HBP, .556 Avg., .556 Slg.%, .692 OBP

Mikenzie Voves, Penn, Fr., P (Maple Valley, Wash.)
2.00 ERA, 2-0, 2 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 14 IP, 13 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 11 SO

THIS WEEK
The Ivy eight enter the second-to-last weekend of League play looking to make headway in their respective division races. With eight Ivy games left on each team’s schedule, the teams are all still very much in contention to finish first in their divisions and advance to the fifth Ivy League Championship Series.

In North Division action, first place Harvard welcomes Yale for a four-game set. The Crimson has a five-game winning streak in Ivy play, dating back to April 9. Four games back in the standings, Yale will be looking to stay within striking distance of the Crimson. Brown plays at Dartmouth in this weekend’s other North Division. The Big Green is in second place, two-games ahead of the Bears. Both squads will be looking for wins to keep playoff hopes alive entering the final weekend of play.

Cornell holds a one-game lead over second place Penn in the South Division, with those two teams meeting in Ithaca, N.Y. this weekend in a series that could further separate the two teams if either was able to take three or four wins over the weekend. Princeton welcomes Columbia in for a four-game set, with the Lions looking to build on a two-game Ivy winning streak and the Tigers trying to snap a four-game Ivy losing skid.

WEEKEND IVY SCHEDULE*
Saturday, April 23
Columbia at Princeton, 12:30 pm
Columbia at Princeton, 2:30 pm
Penn at Cornell, 12:30 pm
Penn at Cornell, 2:30 pm
Yale at Harvard, 12:30 pm
Yale at Harvard, 2:30 pm
Brown at Dartmouth, 1 pm
Brown at Dartmouth, 3 pm

Sunday, April 24
Columbia at Princeton, 12:30 pm
Columbia at Princeton, 2:30 pm
Penn at Cornell, 12:30 pm
Penn at Cornell, 2:30 pm
Yale at Harvard, 12:30 pm
Yale at Harvard, 2:30 pm
Brown at Dartmouth, Noon
Brown at Dartmouth, 2 pm
* - Ivy League games listed