PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League softball teams were nearly in full swing last weekend as six teams saw action with Princeton, Brown and Cornell playing season openers.
It was Harvard (6-4) recording the biggest win of the weekend, knocking off No. 23-ranked LSU on its home diamond last Friday, 1-0 in 12 innings. Laura Ricciardone celebrated her homecoming with the win. The Slidell, La. native threw more than 180 pitches, going all 12 innings for the win. The Crimson followed that up with a 3-1 win over Lamar that required 10 innings later in the day. Despite the extra-frames, the Crimson still had enough in the tank to win the Purple and Gold Challenge, finishing the weekend tournament with a 4-1 record. Harvard's lone loss came in a 4-2 setback to Iowa State (14-4).
Dartmouth's Kristen Rumley looked like she is finding her old form that made her the 2013 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. Rumley went 2-0 with a pair of complete games, striking out 17 and walking just three for the Big Green as Dartmouth went 2-2 in a tourney at James Madison. In a 4-1 win over Fairfield, she struck out nine without issuing a walk. She leads the Ivy League with 34 strikeouts in 37 innings of work this season, while issuing just six walks thus far. She also helped herself at the plate last weekend, going 6-for-12 with three doubles. The Big Green went 2-2 on the weekend in Harrisonburg, Va., bouncing back from a 0-5 mark the week before in Florida.
With snow postponing Penn's opener at home against Saint Joseph's that was slated for Tuesday, Ivy League teams resume action on Friday when Penn, Brown, Princeton and Cornell open tournaments on the road. Penn, the last of the Ancient Eight to take the diamond, opens the season in Orlando, Fla. against Troy at 3:30 pm Friday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth sophomore utility Kelsey Miller (Mansfield, Texas) batted .533 on the weekend as The Big Green went 2-2 at the James Madison Invitational. Miller was 8-for-15 with a home run and four runs scored, hitting safely in all four contests. Miller leads the Ivy League with 14 hits and six runs scored thus far this season.
4 GP, 15 AB, 4 R, 8 H, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2SB, .533 Avg., .562 on-base, .733 Slg.%
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone (Slidell, La.) celebrated quite the homecoming last Friday, hurling 12 innings to beat 23rd-ranked LSU, 1-0, in Baton Rouge. She threw over 180 pitches in limiting LSU to seven hits and five walks, while striking out nine over the 12 innings of work. For the week, Ricciardone was 1-1 with a 0.82 ERA, taking the loss in relief against a strong Iowa State squad.
0.82 ERA, 1-1, 2 App., 1 GS, 1 CG, 17.0 IP, 12 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 10 K, 5 BB
CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth's freshman utility Karen Chaw (Castro Valley, Calif.) hit .312 last weekend as Dartmouth went 2-2. Three of Chaw's five hits on the weekend were for extra bases, including two home runs. Chaw drove in seven runs on the weekend, recording multiple RBI in three of the four contests. She now leads the Ancient Eight in home runs with three, total bases with 20, and RBIs with 10.
4 GP, 16 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 2K, .312 Avg., .312 on-base, .750 Slg.%
Harvard pitcher Taylor Cabe (Boiling Springs, S.C.) came up big when called upon last weekend as Harvard won the LSU Purple and Gold Challenge. After Laura Ricciardone had to go 12 innings in the first game of the weekend, The Crimson needed Cabe to pick up some innings and she did so in fine fashion with appearances in four of Harvard's five games. Cabe went 2-0 in four appearances with a 1.50 ERA. She allowed just three earned runs in 14 innings of work, scattering 16 hits and striking out seven.
1.50 ERA, 2-0, 4 App., 2 GS, 14.0 IP, 16 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 7 K, 9 BB
Casey Fisher, Brown (Fr., OF - Oro Valley, Ariz.)
5 GP, 14 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 1 2B, 4 RBIs, 2 BB, 1K, 4 SB, .429 Avg., .500 on-base, .500 Slg.%
Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Util. -
5 GP, 18 AB, 4 R, 6 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 3 K, 2 SB, .333 Avg., .360 on-base, .500 Slg.%
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy,
4 GP, 12 AB, 6 H, 3 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 0 K, .500 Avg., .500 on-base, .750 Slg.%
2.21 ERA, 2-0, 3 App, 3 GS, 19.0 IP, 19 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 17 K, 3 BB
Shelby Unger, Columbia (Fr., 1B/OF - Yorba
2 GP, 7 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 12B, 1 3B, 3 RBIs, .429 Avg., .429 on-base, .857 Slg.%
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Sr., Util. - Canby,
2 GP, 7 AB, 4 H, 2 RBIs, 1 SB, .571 Avg., .625 on-base, .571 Slg.%
PREVIOUS AWARD WINNERS
Player of the Week
Feb. 25: Emily Gusse, Harvard
Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 25: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard
Rookie of the Week
Feb. 25: Karen Chaw, Dartmouth
Tuesday, March 4
Saint Joseph's at Penn, PPD-Snow
Friday, March 7
2- Lehigh vs. Brown, 12 noon
Princeton at Maryland, 12 noon
1- Penn vs. Troy, 3:30 pm
Brown at Loyola Marymount, 4 pm
3- Mt. St. Mary's vs. Princeton, 4:30 pm
Cornell at George Mason, 6 pm
1- Penn vs. Western Carolina, 8 pm
Saturday, March 8
3- Princeton vs. Hartford, 10 am
4- Cornell vs. Monmouth, 12:15 pm
Cornell at George Mason, 2:30 pm
Penn at Central Florida, 6 pm
Brown at Loyola Marymount, 4 pm
1- Penn vs. Bowling Green, 8 pm
2- Brown vs. Belmont, 6 pm
3- Princeton vs. Consolation/Championship opponent, TBD
Sunday, March 9
4- Cornell vs. Monmouth, 9 am
1- Penn vs. Colgate, 11 am
Cornell at George Mason, 11:15 am
Brown at Loyola Marymount, 1 pm
St. Mary's (Calif.) vs. Brown, 2 pm
1- at Orlando, Fla.
2- at Los Angeles, Calif.
3- at College Park, Md.
4- at Fairfax, Va.
All times are EST