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April 8, 2014

Softball Weekly Release - Week 8

Updated Ivy League Softball Statistics

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Columbia saw its winning streak come to an end, while Harvard and Dartmouth got hot with their own winning streaks last week in Ivy League softball action.

Dartmouth has now won eight in a row after a four-game weekend sweep of Penn and Columbia. The Big Green is 18-13 overall and 8-0 in League play. 

Harvard, meanwhile, has won seven in a row to move to 16-11 overall and 3-0 in League play. The Crimson, who swept Boston College in a midweek doubleheader for the first time since 1999, were again plagued by weather problems over the weekend. After winning the first game of a doubleheader against Penn on Friday, the second game of the twinbill was suspended by weather and darkness with the score tied, 8-8, after six innings. Saturday's twinbill with Columbia was rained out and rescheduled for Sunday, which meant Penn and Harvard couldn't complete their suspended game on Sunday. Harvard swept the twinbill with Columbia by scores of 7-2 and 6-2.

Harvard will return to Princeton to finish a doubleheader on Tuesday, April 15. That will be the resumption of a suspended game (0-0 after 3-1/2 innings) followed by a second game. The Crimson still have a doubleheader with Cornell that will need to be rescheduled, along with the suspended game with Penn.

Penn has rescheduled its doubleheader with Brown for this Wednesday in Philadelphia. 

Columbia saw its school-record winning streak end at 10 when it dropped the second game of a midweek twinbill with Manhattan, 12-8. Since then, Columbia has gone on to lose four more, getting swept by Dartmouth and Harvard to fall to 14-14 overall and 4-4 in Ivy play. Alix Cook finally saw her streak of consecutive games reaching base halted last Sunday at Harvard. Cook had reached base in 21 straight games before going 0-for-4 in Saturday's opener with the Crimson. 

Cornell sits atop the South Division standings at the present with a 4-2 mark in League play. The Big Red, 12-15 overall, swept doubleheaders from Brown and Yale on the road last weekend. Cornell is in Philadelphia this weekend for a four-game set with Penn. 

Harvard's Kasey Lange keeps on finding ways to reach base. Lange has reached safely in 25 of 27 games this season, including each of the last 12. In three League games last weekend, she walked seven times in 11 plate appearances. She has struck out just three times in 101 plate apperances this season with a .373 batting average, a League-best .475 on-base percentage and a .614 slugging percentage. 

Lange is third in the league in batting. Dartmouth's Kelsey Miller continues to lead the Ancient Eight, although she dipped down below .400 over the weekend. After going 2-for-9 last week, Miller is now hitting .386 on the year. Penn's Leah Allen is second at .377. 

With a pair of wins over the weekend, Dartmouth's Kristen Rumley became the League's first 10-game winner this season. Rumley leads the Ivy League with 11 wins in the circle. She is 11-6 with three saves and a 2.08 ERA. In 114-2/3 innings of work, she has walked just 15 while striking out a League-high 128. 

Harvard's Laura Ricciardone will look to join the 10-win club this week. She is now 9-5 on the season after earning four victories last week. Ricciardone has a 2.12 ERA in 89-1/3 innings in the circle. 

Several games can be viewed and heard on The Ivy League Digital Network again this weekend as teams begin divisional play. 

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth sophomore Morgan McCalmon (Norman, Okla.) earned Player of the Week honors for the second straight week. Currently on a nine-game hitting streak, McCalmon went 7-for-12 in four games last weekend with two home runs and seven RBIs. In the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against defending Ivy champion Penn, she was 3-for-3 with two homers and six RBIs as the Big Green recorded a 12-1 win. 

She also had a solid weekend in the circle, going 2-0 with a save and a 0.60 ERA. In 11-2/3 innings of work, she allowed just one earned run, striking out eight and walking two. 

McCalmon is still under the minimum number of plate appearances for the League leaders (20 shy of the 2.5 per team game standard), but is hitting .442 in 52 at-bats this season (57 plate appearances) with five home runs and 17 RBIs.  

McCalmon's Weekly Stats
4 GP, 12 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 2 HR, 7 RBIs, 1 BB, 1 K, .583 Avg., .615 on-base, 1.083 Slg.%
4 App., 2 GS, 2-0, 1 sv., 0.60 ERA, 11.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K 

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Harvard junior Laura Ricciardone (Slidell, La.) had a hand in four of the Crimson's five wins last week. Ricciardone was 4-0 with a 1.24 ERA in 22-2/3 innings of work. She fired a complete-game win against Boston College on Tuesday, helping the Crimson to their first doubleheader sweep of the Eagles in 15 years. She then picked up the win in all three completed League games over the weekend, allowing just two earned runs in 15-2/3 innings of work. In the three Ivy games, she struck out 17 and walked just four. 

It is Ricciardone's third Pitcher of the Week honor this season. 

Ricciardone's Weekly Stats
4 App., 3 GS, 4-0, 1.24 ERA, 2 CG, 22.2 IP, 21 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 6 BB, 25 K

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn's Leah Allen (Woodbine, Md.) smacked two more home runs last week in going 6-for-12 at the plate. The freshman is tied for the League lead in homers with six after hitting two solo shots in an 8-3 loss at Harvard. After slugging 1.000 last week, Allen now has a League-best .696 slugging pct. for the season. 

It is Allen's second Rookie of the Week honor this season. 

Allen's Weekly Stats
4 GP, 12 AB, 6 R, 6 H, 2 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, 4 K, .500 Avg., .571 on-base, 1.000 Slg.%

HONOR ROLL  

Haley Hineman, Princeton (Fr., 2B - Valencia, Calif.)
5 GP, 17 AB, 2 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, 1 K. .471 Avg., .471 on-base, .706 Slg.%

Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Util. - Southlake, Texas)
5 GP, 17 AB, 6 R, 8 H, 1 2B, 1 BB, 3 K, 1 SB, .471 Avg., .500 on-base, .529 Slg.%

Jessica Bigbie, Cornell (Fr., P/OF, Tallahassee, Fla.)
8 GP, 23 AB, 3 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 8 RBIs, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .391 Avg., .462 on-base .435 Slg.%

Karen Chaw, Dartmouth (Fr., C - Castro Valley, Calif.)
4 GP, 10 AB, 3 R, 5 H, 1 HR., 3 RBIs, 1 BB, .500 Avg., .545 on-base, .800 Slg.%

Shanna Christian, Princeton (So., P - Parker, Colo.)
2 App., 1 GS, 2-0, 2.52 ERA, 1 CG, 8.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Chesley Dunham, Yale (Sr., P - Fairfax Station, Va.)
3 App., 3 GS, 1-1, 0.89 ERA, 1 CG, 15.2 IP, 13 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 9 BB, 5 K

Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
3 App., 2 GS, 2-0, 1 sv., 1.66 ERA, 12.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 17 K
4 GP, 12 AB, 5 R, 4 H, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 1 K, .333 Avg., .467 on-base, .500 Slg.%

Brittany Labbadia, Yale (So., SS - Berlin, Conn.)
6 GP, 19 AB, 4 R, 7 H, 3 2B, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 4 K, 1 SB, .368 Avg., .429 on-base, .684 Slg.%

Trista Chavez, Brown (Jr., 3B/1B - San Pedro, Calif.)
5 GP, 13 AB, 1 R, 8 H, 2 2B, 4 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, .615 Avg., .647 on-base, .769 Slg.%

Molly Ann Mecca, Brown (So., 2B/3B - Jessup, Pa.)
4 GP, 13 AB, 2 R, 5 H, 1 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 3 K, .385 Avg., .385 on-base, .692 Slg.%

Kasey Lange, Harvard (Sr., IF - Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
5 GP, 8 AB, 5 R, 5 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 7 BB, 1 K, 1 SB, .625 Avg., .812 on-base, 1.250 Slg.%

Alix Cook, Columbia (Jr., Util. - El Segundo, Calif.)
6 GP, 22 AB, 4 R, 9 H, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, .409 Avg., .435 on-base, .500 Slg.%

Meg Parker, Cornell (So., OF/P - Miami)
8 GP, 26 AB, 8 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs, 4 BB, .346 Avg., .433 on-base, .538 Slg.%

Michiko McGivney, Cornell (So., OF - Port Jefferson, N.Y.)
8 GP, 27 AB, 7 R, 9 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 K, .333 Avg., .455 on-base, .667 Slg.%

Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (So., IF - San Diego)
4 GP, 15 AB, 4 R, 9 H, 2 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 1 K, .600 Avg., .600 on-base, .933 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 

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 

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 

HITTING STREAKS IN IVY LEAGUE THIS SEASON (10 or more games)
14, Alix Cook (Columbia)
12, 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)
13, Kasey Lange (Harvard)
13, Emily Snodgrass (Columbia)
12, Kasey Lange (Harvard)*
12, Rachel Redina (Princeton)
12, Meg Parker (Cornell)
12, Kayla Shimoda (Columbia)
*current streak 

NCAA STATISTICAL LEADERS (THROUGH APRIL 6)
TEAM STATISTICS (Top 30)
Doubles Per Game: 9. Columbia, 1.70; 16. Dartmouth, 1.65
Stolen Bases Per Game: 27. Harvard, 1.69

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS (Top 40)
Doubles Per Game: 34. Katie McEachern (Dartmouth), 0.35
ERA:
27. Alexis Sargent (Penn), 1.40
Saves: 15. Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth), 3
Sac Hits Per Game:
10. Adrienne Hume (Harvard), 0.35; 27. Brittany Labbadia (Yale), 0.27
Sacrifice Flies: 29. Sophie Giaquinto (Cornell), 3
Toughest to Strikeout: 28. Kasey Lange (Harvard), 27.0; 30. Meg Parker (Cornell), 26.0; 35. Lauren Bucolo (Cornell), 24.0 
Walks Allowed Per 7 IP: 1. Rhydian Glass (Yale), 0.46; 22. Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth), 1.04
Hits Allowed Per 7 IP: 22. Emily Kenyon (Columbia) 4.20

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 8
Stony Brook at Columbia, 3 pm (DH)
Colgate at Cornell, 3:30 pm (DH) 

Wednesday, April 9
*Brown at Penn, 1:30 pm (DH) [IVY-Audio]
Hartford at Yale, 2:30 pm (DH)
Boston University at Dartmouth, 3 pm [IVY] 

Thursday, April 10
Rutgers at Princeton, 4 pm [IVY]
Harvard at Rhode Island, 4:30 pm 

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

Sunday, April 13
*Brown at Harvard, 12:30 pm (DH) [IVY]
*Cornell at Penn, 12:30 pm (DH) [IVY]
*Princeton at Columbia, 12:30 pm (DH)
*Yale at Dartmouth, 12:30 pm (DH) [IVY]

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