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March 25, 2014

Softball Weekly Release - Week 6

Updated Ivy League Softball Statistics

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Columbia is the hot team as the Ancient Eight's softball teams prepare for Ivy League play to commence this weekend. 

The Lions stayed in The Big Apple last weekend and promptly won five in a row and eight out of nine on the week to pull their mark to even at 9-9. After splitting a twinbill at Wagner on Friday, the Lions swept a pair at home from Iona and Rider on the weekend.  The Lions' Alix Cook currently has a 13-game hitting streak, the longest in the Ivy League this season. Cook and teammate Emily Snodgrass have also each reached base safely in 13 consecutive games. Snodgrass has now surged to a .385 batting average, good for second in the Ivy League. 

Harvard snapped a four-game slide with a Saturday to sweep of Cal State Bakersfield and Pacific to end its California trip with a 5-7 mark. The highlight of the trip was their big win last Monday over Texas Tech, 6-0. 

Dartmouth finished its California trip 8-6, despite dropping its last three games, to sit at 10-13 overall as The Big Green returns to the East Coast. Kristen Rumley went 3-2 in six appearances for Dartmouth last week with a 2.51 ERA. She struck out 37 and walked seven in 30-2/3 innings in the circle to increase her League-leading strikeout total to 92 on the season. She also leads the League with seven wins thus far. The Big Green's Kelsey Miller continues to lead the League in batting, hitting .429. 

With the start of Ivy League play this weekend, all eight Ivy League teams will be supporting Go4theGoal, a public, non-profit charitable foundation whose funds are used to provide supportive services to children with cancer. On Friday and Saturday, each of the Ancient Eight teams will be wearing gold shoelaces purchased by their players during the game to help raise awareness for the organization. For more information on Go4theGoal, go to www.go4thegoal.org.

Several games can be viewed and heard on The Ivy League Digital Network this weekend. A broadcast list is available in the schedule below. 

CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia's Kayla Shimoda (Aiea, Hawaii) was a driving force behind the Lions winning eight out of nine last week. Shimoda hit .355 with 11 RBIs and eight runs scored. She hit a grand slam walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh on Saturday to lift Columbia to a 12-9 win over Iona in game one of a doubleheader. She then followed that up with by going 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs in the nightcap. 

Shimoda's Weekly Stats
9 GP, 31 AB, 8 R, 11 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBIs, 4 BB, 3 K, 3 SB, .355 Avg., .444 on-base, .645 Slg.%

Harvard's Kasey Lange (Ladera Ranch, Calif.) hit .433 in nine games last week. She hit a pair of home runs and drove in 10, while striking out just once in 31 plate appearances. She hit safely in seven of nine games and concluded the Crimson's California trip by going 5-for-8 with her two homers and five RBIs in Saturday's games against Cal State Bakersfield and Pacific.

Lange leads the Ivy League in RBIs this season with 18. 

Lange's Weekly Stats
9 GP, 30 AB, 8 R, 13 H, 2 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .433 Avg., .469 on-base, .700 Slg.%

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior Alyson Onyon (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.) did not allow an earned run in three outings last weekend. Onyon went 1-1 with a perfect ERA in 14-2/3 innings of work. She hurled a three-hit shutout against Central Connecticut on Saturday. In the first game of a twinbill with Delaware State, she retired all five batters she faced in relief, striking out three. In the nightcap against the Hornets, she took the loss despite not allowing an earned run in six innings, scattering five hits and striking out three in a complete-game effort.  

Onyon's Weekly Stats
3 App., 2 GS, 1-1, 0.00 ERA, 14.2 IP, 2 CG, 8 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 5 BB, 9 Ks.

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia's Alyssa Rodia (Stormville, N.Y.) had a stellar week as the Lions won eight out of nine. She batted .433 with 14 runs scored and 11 RBIs. Rodia had three doubles and two home runs in her 11 hits for an .826 slugging percentage. She hit safely in seven of the nine outings.  

Rodia's Weekly Stats
9 GP, 23 AB, 14 R, 10 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 11 RBI, 4 BB, 2 K, 2 SB, .435 Avg., .500 on-base, .826 Slg.%

HONOR ROLL  
Erica Nori, Princeton (Fr., P - Weston, Fla.)
4 App., 4 GS, 2-2, 2.07 ERA, 3 CG, 23.2 IP, 22 H, 14 R, 7 ER, 11 BB, 13 K 

Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
6 App. 4 GS, 3-2, 2.51 ERA, 3 CG, 30.2 IP, 22 H, 13 R, 11  ER, 7 BB, 37 K

Tori Balta, Yale (Sr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
4 GP, 13 AB, 3 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 SB, .615 Avg., .625 on-base, .923 Slg.%

Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (So., IF - San Diego, Calif.)
9 GP, 30 AB, 2 R, 9 H, 3 2B, 2 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 BB, 5 K, .300 Avg., .364 on-base, .600 Slg.%

Kelsey Miller, Dartmouth (So., UT - Mansfield, Texas)
6 GP, 14 AB, 5 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 3 RBIs, 4 BB, 3 K, .357 Avg., .526 on-base, .429 Slg.%

Carolyn McGuire, Yale (Fr., C - Cupertino, Calif.)
4 GP, 12 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 3 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, .417 Avg., .462 on-base, .667 Slg.%

Leanne Iannucci, Cornell (So., C - Carle Place, N.Y.)
3 GP, 9 AB, 4 H, 1 RBI, .444 Avg., .444 on-base, .444 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 

Pitcher of the Week
Feb. 25: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard 
Mar. 4: Laura Ricciardone, Harvard
Mar. 11: Alexis Borden, Penn
Mar. 18: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth 

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 

HITTING STREAKS IN IVY LEAGUE THIS SEASON (10 or more games)
13, Alix Cook (Columbia)*
12, Kasey Lange (Harvard) 
10, Leah Allen (Penn)
*current streak

CONSECUTIVE GAMES REACHING BASE IN IVY LEAGUE THIS SEASON (10 or more games)
13, Kasey Lange (Harvard)
13, Alix Cook (Columbia)*
12, Meg Parker (Cornell)
11, Chloe Pendergast (Cornell)
10, Leah Allen (Penn)
10, Rachel Redina (Princeton)
*current streak 

NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (THROUGH MARCH 23)
TEAM STATISTICS (Top 30)
Doubles Per Game: 9. Dartmouth, 1.78; 15. Dartmouth, 1.7
Double Plays Per Game: 19. Harvard, 0.45

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS (Top 40)
RBIs Per Game: 18. Leah Allen (Penn), 1.23.
Strikeouts Per 7 IP: 24. Alexis Borden (Penn), 9.0, 36. Ashley Sisell (Dartmouth), 8.5
Sacrifice Hits Per Game: 3. Brittany Labbadia (Yale), 0.44; 12. Kelsey Williams (Brown) 0.36; 20. Adrienne Hume (Harvard), 0.32
Toughest to Strikeout: 11. 36. Jessica Bigbie (Cornell), 49.0; 20. Kasey Lange (Harvard), 37.5; 22. Lauren Bucolo (Cornell), 37.0
Walks Per 7 IP: 2. Rhydian Glass (Yale), 0.55
Hits Allowed Per 7 IP: 33. Emily Kenyon, Columbia, 4.25; 40. Alexis Sargent (Penn), 4.48 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, March 25
Columbia at Marist, 3 pm PPD-Weather
UMass-Lowell at Dartmouth, PPD-Weather 

Wednesday, March 26
Yale at Fairfield, 2 pm (DH)
Brown at Hartford, 2 pm (DH)
LaSalle at Penn, 4 pm (DH) [IVY - Audio]
Monmouth at Princeton, PPD-Weather

Friday, March 28
*Brown at Columbia, 12:30 pm (DH)
*Harvard at Princeton, 2 pm (DH) [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 2 pm (DH)
*Yale at Penn, 2 pm (DH) [IVY - Audio]

Saturday, March 29
*Harvard at Cornell, 12:30 pm (DH) [IVY]
*Dartmouth at Princeton, 12:30 pm (DH)
*Brown at Penn, 12:30 pm (DH) [IVY - Audio]
*Yale at Columbia, 12:30 pm (DH) 

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