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Softball Weekly Release - Week 10

Updated Ivy League Softball Statistics

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Entering the final scheduled weekend of Ivy League regular season play, the Ancient Eight has the team with the longest active winning streak in Division I and both the North and South Division championships are still up for grabs. 

In the South, Penn (10-5 Ivy, 15-17 overall) has a 2-1/2 game lead on Columbia (8-8 Ivy, 21-19 overall) as the two get ready for a home-and-home doubleheader series this weekend.  

In the North, Harvard (13-0 Ivy, 27-11 overall) and Dartmouth (15-1 Ivy, 26-14 overall) have the same four-game home-and-home series this weekend. The Crimson have a slight advantage in the loss column after Dartmouth stumbled last Sunday, dropping the final game of the four-game series against Brown.

However, Harvard still has three games looming on the schedule. The re-slated doubleheader at Cornell has been rained out again today (Tuesday) and needs to be rescheduled for a second time. That will now be played in Ithaca on Tuesday, April 29. In addition, Penn and Harvard will complete their suspended game (8-8 at the end of six innings) if it matters in either division's championship. 

The Crimson enters this week's slate with an 18-game winning streak, which is currently the longest in the nation. DePaul is next at 15, followed by Wisconsin, Fordham and Eastern Illinois, which have each won 10 straight.

Harvard last lost back on March 21 - a 2-1 extra-inning setback to Cal State Bakersfield. Since then, Harvard has reeled off a school-record 18 straight wins. The Ivy League record for the longest winning streak is 37 straight victories, set by Princeton back in 1996. That ranks as the third-longest streak in Division I history and was at one time an NCAA record. 

Dartmouth had a 16-game winning streak snapped in that final game on Sunday against Brown. The Bears, who won 3-1 behind a four-hit complete-game effort by freshman Leah Nakashima, snapped a 28-game losing streak in the process, recording their first win since March 2.  

Harvard could clinch the North with a four-game sweep of Dartmouth. Since 3-1/2 games separate first through fourth places in the South, Penn could wrap up the division in a variety of combinations. Ultimately, the Quakers will win the division with three wins over Columbia in their four-game set, although other combinations could apply. 

The Ivy League championship series is still slated for May 3 and 4 at the site of the division champion with the better League record. That will most likely be the North Division champion at this point. Should a divisional playoff be necessary, that would be played either May 3 or 4 and the championship series would push back to the following weekend. 

As the regular season draws to a close, several records and milestones are within reach. 

Penn's Leah Allen slugged two more home runs over the weekend to give her 11 on the year and break Penn's single-season record. Cornell's Lauren May holds the Ivy League record for home runs by a freshman with 16 (set in 2002). Harvard's Lauren Murphy holds the League record for homers in a season with 18 (in 2007).

Harvard's Kasey Lange moved up to 13th place on the Ivy League's career hit list. Lange now has 218 career hits. She is just four hits shy of the Crimson's career mark held by Ellen Macadam (2008-11). The Ivy mark is 257 held by Cornell's Alyson Intihar

Lange's 177 RBIs, already a school-record, is third-best in League history. She is 13 shy of the Ancient Eight mark of 190 held by Cornell's May (2002-05). Lange is also up to 59 career doubles, which sits second in League history and 36 homers, seventh all-time in the Ivy League.

Penn's Kayla Dahlerbruch is closing in on a different kind of Ivy mark. She has now drawn 81 walks in her career, eight shy of the school and League marks held by the Quakers' Christina Khosravi (2005-08).  

Penn's Alexis Borden is now one win shy of becoming the 18th player in League history to record 50 career wins. She now has a 49-26 mark in her three seasons. Harvard's Laura Ricciardone (44) and Dartmouth's Kristen Rumley (43) are both closing in on the milestone, as well.  

Ricciardone leads the League with 17 wins this season, followed closely behind by Rumley with 16. The two will likely go head-to-head this weekend as both chase the 20-win mark. There have been 15 individuals that have been 20-game winners in Ivy League history. Rumley's 22 wins last season marked the 21st time a pitcher won 20 games in a season. 

Rumley recorded her 500th career strikeout over the weekend, making her the seventh player in League history to achieve the milestone. She now has 502 strikeouts in her three seasons with the Big Green.

The batting crown race became a little closer last week. Dartmouth's Morgan McCalmon saw her hitting streak end at 17 consecutive games and her average "dropped" to .429 on the year. Allen raised her average to .417 on the season. Dartmouth has never had a player win the League's batting title, while Allen is trying to become the second Quaker to do so since (Annie Kinsey in 2007). The last time a freshman won the Ivy batting crown was in 2001 when Cornell's Kate Varde won the first of her two batting titles.   

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia freshman infielder Alyssa Rodia (Carmel, N.Y.) got hot at the right time, hitting .526 for the week as the Lions went 5-1 overall and got back into the Ivy League's South Division race with three big League wins. Rodia went 10-for-19 at the plate with three home runs, nine RBIs and eight runs scored. She went 7-for-13 in the four-game series with Cornell as Columbia won three-of-four to stay within striking distance of division leader Penn, who the Lions face this weekend.  

Rodia's Weekly Stats
6 GP, 19 AB, 8 R, 10 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBIs, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, .526 Avg., .591 on-base, 1.105 slg.%

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior Laura Ricciardone (Slidel, La.) earned her third straight Pitcher of the Week honor by winning all six of Harvard's games last week. Ricciardone, who has now won Pitcher of the Week honors five times this season, earned her six wins in the circle with four starts and a pair of relief appearances. She did not allow an earned run in 29-1/3 innings of work, walking six hits and striking out 18. She fired two complete game shutouts, beating Princeton, 1-0, in the completion of a suspended game and fired a four-hitter in blanking Yale, 5-0, in Saturday's opener.

Ricciardone has not allowed an earned run in her last 35 innings of work going back to her April 12 outing against Brown. She is now 17-5 on the year with a League-best 1.48 ERA.    

Ricciardone's Weekly Stats
6 App., 4 GS, 6-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 CG, 29.1 IP, 20 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 6 BB, 18 K

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia freshman infielder Alyssa Rodia (Carmel, N.Y.) got hot at the right time, hitting .526 for the week as the Lions went 5-1 overall and got back into the Ivy League's South Division race with three big League wins. Rodia went 10-for-19 at the plate with three home runs, nine RBIs and eight runs scored. She went 7-for-13 in the four-game series with Cornell as Columbia won three-of-four to stay within striking distance of division leader Penn, who the Lions face this weekend.  

Rodia's Weekly Stats
6 GP, 19 AB, 8 R, 10 H, 2 2B, 3 HR, 9 RBIs, 3 BB, 2 K, 1 SB, .526 Avg., .591 on-base, 1.105 slg.%

 

HONOR ROLL  

Leah Nakashima, Brown (Fr., P - San Jose, Calif.)
4 App., 3 GS, 1-2, 2.67 ERA, 1 CG, 18.1 IP, 24 H, 9 R, 7 Er, 5 BB, 7 K

Alexis Borden, Penn (Jr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
3 App., 2 GS, 2-0, 1 sv., 0.95 ERA, 2 CG, 14.2 IP, 12 H, 3 R, 2 Er, 3 BB, 12 K

Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
3 App., 1 GS, 2-0, 1.47 ERA, 1 CG, 14.1 IP, 13 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 23 K

Danielle Allen, Princeton (So., OF - Wichita, Kan.)
5 GP, 12 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .500 Avg., .500 On-base, .500 Slg.%

Lauren Delgadillo, Yale (So., INF - San Clemente, Calif.)
5 GP, 16 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 K, .438 Avg., .474 On-base, .688 Slg.%

Meg Parker, Cornell (So., OF/P - Miami, Fla.)
6 GP, 20 AB 7 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 K, .450 Avg., .522 On-base, .650 Slg.%

Kasey Lange, Harvard (Sr., INF, Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
6 GP, 21 AB, 5 R, 10 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, 1 K, 3 SB, .476 Avg., .522 On-base, .667 Slg.%

Leah Allen, Penn (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.)
5 GP, 17 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .471 Avg., .526 On-base, .882 Slg.% 

Sydney Turchin, Penn (Jr., OF - Princeton Jct., N.J.)
4 GP, 14 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 2 2B, 6 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 K, .429 Avg., .500 On-base, .571 Slg.%

Lauren Li, Penn (So., UTIL - Los Angeles)
5 GP, 12 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 3 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 K, .500 Avg., .571 On-base, .500 Slg.%

Chloe Pendergast, Cornell (Fr., INF - Valley Village, Calif.)
5 GP, 12 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, 2 BB, 1 K, .333 Avg., .429 On-base, .833 Slg.%

Shelby Unger, Columbia (Fr., 1B/OF - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
6 GP, 23 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 4 2B, 7 RBIs, 1 BB, 4 K, .348 Avg., 375 On-base, .522 Slg.% 

PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS

Player of the Week
Feb. 25: Emily Gusse, Harvard 
Mar. 4: Kelsey Miller, Dartmouth
Mar. 11: Christina Andrews, Brown
Mar. 18: Leah Allen, Penn / Kelsey Miller, Dartmouth
Mar. 25: Kasey Lange, Harvard / Kayla Shimoda, Columbia
Apr. 1: Morgan McCallmon, Dartmouth
Apr. 8: Morgan McCallmon, Dartmouth
Apr. 15:  Kanani Datan, Penn

Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 25: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard 
Mar. 4: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard
Mar. 11: Alexis Borden, Penn
Mar. 18: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth
Mar. 25: Alyson Onyon, Cornell
Apr. 1: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth
Apr. 8: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard
Apr. 15: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth / Laura Ricciardone, Harvard

Rookie of the Week
Feb. 25: Karen Chaw, Dartmouth
Mar. 4: Karen Chaw, Dartmouth / Taylor Cabe, Harvard
Mar. 11: Christina Andrews, Brown
Mar. 18: Leah Allen, Penn
Mar. 25: Alyssa Rodia, Columbia
Apr. 1: Shelby Unger, Columbia
Apr. 8: Leah Allen, Penn
Apr. 15: Leah Allen, Penn 

HITTING STREAKS IN IVY LEAGUE THIS SEASON (10 or more games)
17, Morgan McCalmon (Dartmouth)
14, Alix Cook (Columbia)
12, Kasey Lange (Harvard)
12, Shelbi Olson (Harvard)
11, Elysse Gorney (Penn)
10, Kasey Lange (Harvard)*
10, Leah Allen (Penn)
10, Shelby Unger (Columbia)

*current streak

CONSECUTIVE GAMES REACHING BASE IN IVY LEAGUE THIS SEASON (12 or more games)
21, Alix Cook (Columbia)
19, Shelbi Olson (Harvard)* 
18, Lauren Delgadillo (Yale)*
17, Morgan McCalmon (Dartmouth)
15, Emily Gusse (Harvard)
13, Kasey Lange (Harvard)
13, Emily Snodgrass (Columbia)
13, Kasey Lange (Harvard)
13, Liz Caggiano (Columbia)*
13, Karen Chaw (Dartmouth)*
12, Jenny Edwards (Cornell)
12, Cara Worden (Princeton)*
12, Rachel Redina (Princeton)
12, Meg Parker (Cornell)
12, Kayla Shimoda (Columbia)

*current streak 

NOTE: Kasey Lange has two separate streaks of 13 games.

NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (THROUGH APRIL 20)
TEAM STATISTICS (Top 30)
Earned Run Average: 24. Harvard 1.94
Fielding Pct: 28. Dartmouth .972
Doubles Per Game:
 6. Columbia, 1.68; 33. Dartmouth, 1.50
Stolen Bases Per Game: 7. Harvard, 2.13

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS (Top 40)
Batting Average: 37. Morgan McCalmon (Dartmouth), .429
Home Runs Per Game: 14. Leah Allen (Penn), 0.34
RBIs Per Game: 37. Leah Allen (Penn), 1.06
ERA: 29. Laura Ricciardone (Harvard), 1.48
Stolen Bases: 35. Andrea Del Conte (Harvard) 0.55
Saves: 19. Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth), 3
Slugging Percentage:
15. Leah Allen (Penn), .825
Sac Hits Per Game:
16. Adrienne Hume (Harvard), 0.29
Sacrifice Flies: 13. Sophie Giaquinto (Cornell), 4; 13. Lauren Delgadillo (Yale) 4
Toughest to Strikeout: 36. Kasey Lange (Harvard), 23.8; 40. Jessica Bigbie (Cornell), 22.8
Walks Allowed Per 7 IP: 1. Rhydian Glass (Yale), 0.56; 8. Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth), 0.95
Hits Allowed Per 7 IP: 24. Emily Kenyon (Columbia) 4.42

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 22
*Harvard at Cornell, PPD-Rain
Dartmouth at UMass-Lowell, 4:30 pm 

Wednesday, April 23
Yale at Rhode Island (DH)
Penn at Monmouth, 3:30 pm
Brown at Providence, 4:30 pm 

Thursday, April 24
Cornell at Siena, 2 pm (DH)
Harvard at Boston U., 4 pm 

Friday, April 25
*Yale at Brown, 12:30 pm (DH)
*Columbia at Penn, 2 pm (DH) 

Saturday, April 26
*Penn at Columbia, 12:30 pm (DH)
*Brown at Yale, 12:30 pm (DH) [IVY-Audio]
*Cornell at Princeton, 12:30 pm (DH) [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 2 pm (DH) [IVY]

Sunday, April 27
*Cornell at Princeton, 12:30 pm (DH)
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 2 pm (DH)  [IVY]

KEY:
*Ivy League Games
[IVY] - Game broadcast on The Ivy League Digital Network