PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a week in which weather wreaked havoc with the Ivy softball schedule, the playoff picture followed suit by becoming even cloudier, especially in the South Division.
In North Division action, Harvard moved to the brink of clinching first with a sweep of Yale. At 14-2, the Crimson could wrap-up the North title with a win versus Dartmouth in the rivals’ four-game set this weekend. Two wins over the Big Green would also clinch the right to host the 2011 Championship Series. The Big Green kept its playoff hopes alive by taking three-of-four from Brown. Now Dartmouth has to sweep Harvard this weekend to tie the Crimson atop the North standings. If that were to occur, there would then be a one-game playoff between the two teams.
In the South Division, playoff possibilities are a whole lot murkier. Last week, Penn and Cornell split a pair of games before weather complications forced postponement of the teams’ final two games of the series. In the South’s other series last week, Columbia took three-of-four from Princeton to bolster its playoff hopes.
Cornell remains in the lead of the South Division with a 9-5 record, followed by Penn and Columbia, who each have six wins, but Penn is currently 6-8, while Columbia is 6-10. Those two six-win teams meet for four games this weekend, while Cornell plays Princeton. With the possibility of six games remaining on Penn’s schedule (meaning it could get to 12-8 if all six games are played), Cornell would need to sweep the Tigers in order to clinch the South Division this weekend. If that were to happen, the final two Penn-Cornell games could still effect where the 2011 Championship Series would be held, depending on what happens in the North Division.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior Ellen Macadam (Atlanta, Ga.) Macadam played a huge role in helping Harvard to a 4-1 record on the week and a sweep of conference rival Yale. The senior went 2-for-4 with a run and RBI in Game one against Yale and followed with a 3-for-4 showing in Game two, scoring two runs and driving in a pair with a double.
Then in Tuesday’s first game, Macadam went 3-for-5 with a triple, two runs scored and the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the seventh to fend of Yale, 12-11, and went 3-for 4-in the final game of the series, recording another triple, three runs scored and two RBI.
Macadam, who also earned Player of the Week honors this season on March 8, batted .600 and slugged .850 for the week. She now has 22 multi-hit games on the season to lead the Crimson.
Macadam’s Weekly Stats
5 GP, 20 AB, 8 R, 12 H, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1 SB, 1 SAC, .600 Avg., .850 Slg.%, .600 OBP
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Senior pitcher Maggie Johnson (Danville, Calif.) tossed the first Columbia no-hitter since 2006 when she held Princeton hitless over the full seven innings to lead the Lions to a 2-0 win on Easter Sunday.
Included in her three appearances last week was a dominating stretch of 15.0 innings in which she did not allow an earned run, struck out 12 and walked just two batters. In the first game of the twinbill against the Tigers on Tuesday, Johnson came in out of the bullpen and picked up the second save of her career, allowing just one run over the final two innings of a 7-5 win.
Johnson also chipped in at the plate, where had a pair of doubles while driving in four runs on the week. She becomes the second Lion in a row to earn Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors, as Prophet Gaspard earned the honor on April 19.
Johnson’s Weekly Stats
1.33 ERA, 2-1, 3 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 21.0 IP, 14 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 18 SO, 1 SV
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman second baseman Jenny Edwards (Morton Grove, Ill.) found her stroke last week, hitting .417 with two doubles and two home runs in four contests. She slugged an impressive 1.083 and posted a .462 on-base percentage with five runs scored and four RBI while leading Cornell to a 4-0 record on the week.
Edwards was 2-for-6 with a double and two runs scored in a doubleheader against Patriot League leader Colgate during a midweek series, then exploded in the weekend doubleheader against Penn. Entering the weekend with one career home run, Edwards blasted a pair of two-run shots in the first game against the Quakers as part of a 2-for-3, three runs scored, four RBI day. She also walked once. In the nightcap, Edwards was 1-for-3 with a double. The rookie second baseman also was flawless in four fielding chances.
Edwards is Cornell’s first Rookie of the Week honoree in 2011, and the first Big Red player to earn the honor since exactly one year ago today when Kristen Towne shared the honor.
Edwards’ Weekly Stats
4 GP, 12 AB, 5 R, 5 H, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 1 BB, .417 Avg., 1.083 Slg.%, .462 OBP,
Emily Caruthers, Columbia, Fr., OF (Rancho Murieta, Calif.)
6 GP, 19 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 3 RBI, 1 3B, 2-2 SB, .421 Avg.
Elizabeth Dalrymple, Cornell, Sr., P (Devon, Pa.)
1.87 ERA, 3-0, 3 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 15 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 26 SO
Evan Gray, Dartmouth, So., P (Edmond, Okla.)
1.62 ERA, 2-0, 2 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 1 SHO, 13 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 SO
Meg Johnson, Yale, Jr., SS (New Milford, Conn.)
6 GP, 15 AB, 8 H, 7 RBI, 2 HR, .533 Avg.
Jess Melendez, Penn, So., CF (Miami, Fla.)
2 GP, 4 AB, 4 R, 3 H, 4 RBI, 3 HR, .750 Avg., 1.000 Fldg.%
Alex Peyton, Princeton, So., P/1B (Fullerton, Calif.)
4 GP, 13 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 1 RBI, 1 2B, .308 Avg., .383 Slg.%, 1.000 Fldg.%
2.00 ERA, 1-1, 2 App., 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 4 R, 4 ER, 5 SO, 1 BB
Noelle Ramirez, Dartmouth, So., 3B (Pompton Plains, N.J.)
4 GP, 12 AB, 6 R, 7 H, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 4 BB, .583 Avg., .750 Slg.%, .688 OBP,
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard, Fr., P (Slidell, La.)
2.21 ERA, 3-1, 4 App., 3 GS, 3 CG, 12.2 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 SO
Allie Scott, Harvard, Fr., C/1B (Alpine, Calif.)
5 GP, 9 AB, 1 R, 4 H, 3 RBI, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 BB, .444 Avg., .889 Slg.%, .583 OBP,
Stephanie Thompson, Brown, So., 3B (Chino, Calif.)
6 GP, 19 AB, 9 H, 6 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, .474 Avg., .842 Slg.%, .524 OBP, 1-for-1 SB
Ali Tomlinson, Cornell, Sr., P/DP (Hamilton, N.J.)
4 GP, 9 AB, 3 R, 4 H, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 2 HR, 1 BB, .444 Avg., 1.000 Fldg.%
3.11 ERA, 1-0, 2 App., 2 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 9.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 SO
WEEKEND IVY SCHEDULE*
Friday, April 29
Brown at Yale, 2 pm
Brown at Yale, 4 pm
Columbia at Penn, 2 pm
Columbia at Penn, 4 pm
Cornell at Princeton, 2 pm
Cornell at Princeton, 4 pm
Harvard at Dartmouth, 2 pm
Harvard at Dartmouth, 4 pm
Saturday, April 30
Yale at Brown, 12:30 pm
Yale at Brown, 2:30 pm
Columba at Penn, 2 pm
Columbia at Penn, 4 pm
Sunday, May 1
Princeton at Cornell, 12:30 pm
Princeton at Cornell, 2 pm
Dartmouth at Harvard, 2 pm
Dartmouth at Harvard, 4:30 pm
* - Ivy League games listed