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PRINCETON, N.J. -- In 2013, Princeton junior
Mike Ford was a force for the Tigers on the mound,
at the plate and in the field. The Ivy League coaches recognized
his stellar season, as they voted him not only Player of the Year,
but also Pitcher of the Year.
PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Never before has one player earned both Player and Pitcher of the Year honors, let alone in the same season. To add to his accomplishments, Ford (Belle Mead, N.J.) also was unanimously voted first-team All-Ivy as both a pitcher and a first baseman, the second player in Ivy history to do so, joining Harvard’s Trey Hendricks, who was a unanimous selection pitcher and first base in 2004. Army’s Shannon Smith was also a double first-team All-Ivy/EIBL selection in 1990, as a pitcher and first baseman as well, but not unanimously.
Ford earns his first career first-team All-Ivy honors after being named to the second team as a pitcher and first baseman in 2011 and as a pitcher in 2012. In 2013, Ford led his team in home runs (six) and RBI (38) while batting .320 (47-of-147) with 25 runs and nine doubles. He posted a .990 fielding percentage, with just three errors all year, and then topped his season off with a 6-0 record on the mound, a 0.98 ERA and 32 strikeouts, while holding opponents to .191 at the plate.
In Ivy League play, Ford fell just short of the triple crown, as he led the League with five home runs and 22 RBI but finished second in batting average, hitting .394 (28-of-71), trailing his teammate Alec Keller, who batted .395 (32-of-81). Ford earned two weekly awards in 2013, as he was named Player of the Week on April 9 and Pitcher of the Week on April 30.
Ford takes home his third major award, as he was named Rookie of the Year in 2011, which makes him the only player in Ivy League history to earn all three postseason honors. He becomes the first Tiger to be named Player of the Year and the third Princeton pitcher to earn Pitcher of the Year, joining Ryan Quillian (2001) and Zak Hermans (2012).
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
In his freshman campaign, all Dartmouth designated hitter Joe Purritano (Woodcliff Lake, N.J.) did was hit .343 (37-of-108) with 26 runs, six doubles, three triples, five home runs and 30 RBI. He then raised his level of play in Ivy contests, ranking fourth in the League in batting average (.368, 21-of-57) with 14 runs, one double, two triples, five home runs and 18 RBI while slugging an Ivy-best .719.
Purritano, a unanimous selection for first-team All-Ivy DH, earned one Player of the Week and two Rookie of the Week honors this season en route to becoming the first Big Green Rookie of the Year since Chris O’Dowd shared the award with Columbia’s Dario Pizzano in 2010 and Dartmouth's first outright Rookie of the Year since Joe Sclafani in 2009.
Dartmouth led the way with eight first team selections, the highest single-season total in League history, surpassing the previous mark of six, set by Yale in 1994 and matched by Princeton in 2000.
Big Green batterymates Michael Johnson (Sr., P – Georgetown, Mass.) and Matt MacDowell (So., C – Falmouth, Maine) were joined on the first team by sophomore reliever Thomas Olson (Manhattan, Kan.), a pair of sophomore infielders in second baseman Matt Parisi (Clermont, Fla.) and third baseman Nick Lombardi (Saugus, Calif.) and outfielders Ennis Coble (Sr. – Atlanta) and Jeff Keller (Jr. – Atherton, Calif.). Keller and Purritano were each unanimous selections.
Johnson earns his first career All-Ivy honor after leading the Big Green pitching staff with a 7-0 record and a 1.82 ERA. In Ivy contests, Johnson ranked fourth in the League with a 1.02 ERA, while going 4-0 with 23 strikeouts. Opposing Ivy batters hit just .185 against him.
MacDowell also takes home his first career All-Ivy accolade. The sophomore catcher batted .301 (34-of-113) with 13 runs, six doubles, two triples, two home runs and 26 RBI, while posting a fielding percentage of .981 with just four errors all season.
Olson, who was named second-team All-Ivy last year as a rookie, was stellar out of the pen, ranking second in the League with six saves while going 2-0 with a team-best 1.15 ERA.
Parisi and Lombardi earn their first career All-Ivy honors. Parisi led the Big Green in hits (55), while batting .329 on the year. He scored 31 runs and recorded 12 doubles, one triple, one home run and 15 RBI. Defensively, the sophomore posted a team-best 102 assists and finished with a .967 fielding percentage. Lombardi, meanwhile, hit .294 (42-of-143) with 26 runs, 12 doubles, one triple, four home runs and 39 RBI.
In the outfield, Keller led the team in batting average (.369, 52-of-141), runs (39), doubles (21), triples (four), home runs (six) and RBI (41) and was a two-time Player of the Week. He earns his first career first-team honor, as he was named honorable mention last season. Coble scored 33 times and knocked in 22 more, batted .325 (49-of-151) and swiped a team-best 11 bases.
Ivy League Championship Series winner Columbia placed three on the first team, including a pair of unanimous selections in junior pitcher David Speer (Westport, Conn.) and junior shortstop Aaron Silbar (Jacksonville, Fla.). They were joined on the first team by sophomore outfielder Jordan Serena (Parker, Colo.)
Speer posted five complete games, a 6-2 record and a 2.17 ERA while striking out a League-best 63 batters. He takes home his first career All-Ivy honor, as does Silbar, who batted .316 (49-of-155) with 11 doubles and 20 RBI. Serena led the League with 27 stolen bases, ranking 15th in the nation. He was only caught stealing once all season.
Ford was not the only Tiger to be unanimously selected first-team All-Ivy, as he was joined by junior outfielder Alec Keller (Richmond, Va.), who takes home his second-straight All-Ivy honor after being named first team utility last season. Keller ranked second in the League with a .378 batting average overall (54-of-143), but earned the Charles H. Blair Bat award after batting .395 in League play (32-of-81). He is Princeton’s first Blair Bat recipient since Sal Iacono in 2007.
Penn put a pair on the first team in junior Rick Brebner (Langhorne, Pa.) and senior outfielder Ryan Deitrich (Collegeville, Pa.). Brebner, who recorded just five errors all season while seeing action at first base, second base, third base and in the outfield, was a unanimous selection. Deitrich led the League in overall batting average, hitting .382 (55-of-144), en route to his second-straight All-Ivy award after earning second-team honors last season.
Yale senior catcher Chris Piwinski (Folsom, Calif.) rounds out the first team. Piwinski takes home his first career All-Ivy accolade after a season in which he posted a .981 fielding percentage, with just four errors all season. He raised his play in Ivy action, batting .339 (20-of-59) with six runs, a double and three RBI, while recording a .992 fielding percentage.
Brown, Cornell and Harvard were all represented on the second team, as the three teams combined for six spots. Bears sophomore outfielder Will Marcal (Lexington, Mass.) earns his second-straight All-Ivy honor after being named honorable mention last year, while Crimson teammates Tanner Anderson (So., 2B – Tampa, Fla.) and Mike Martin (So., SS – Buffalo Grove, Ill.) each receive their first career postseason awards. Cornell freshman pitcher Michael Byrne (Vienna, Va.) and sophomore outfielder JD Whetsel (Liberty Twp., Ohio) also earned second team honors.
PLAYER/PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Joe Purritano, Dartmouth (Fr., DH – Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)
P – Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)*
P – Michael Johnson, Dartmouth (Sr. – Georgetown, Mass.)
P – David Speer, Columbia (Jr. – Westport, Conn.)*
RP – Thomas Olson, Dartmouth (So. – Manhattan, Kan.)
C – Matt MacDowell, Dartmouth (So. – Falmouth, Maine)
C – Chris Piwinski, Yale (Sr. – Folsom, Calif.)
1B – Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)*
2B – Matt Parisi, Dartmouth (So. – Clermont, Fla.)
SS – Aaron Silbar, Columbia (Jr. – Jacksonville, Fla.)*
3B – Nick Lombardi, Dartmouth (So. – Saugus, Calif.)
OF – Ennis Coble, Dartmouth (Sr. – Atlanta)
OF – Ryan Deitrich, Penn (Sr. – Collegeville, Pa.)
OF – Jeff Keller, Dartmouth (Jr. – Atherton, Calif.)*
OF – Alec Keller, Princeton (Jr. – Richmond, Va.)*
OF – Jordan Serena, Columbia (So. – Parker, Colo.)
UT – Rick Brebner, Penn (Jr. – Langhorne, Pa.)*
DH – Joe Purritano, Dartmouth (Fr. – Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)*
P – Joey Donino, Columbia (Jr. – Avon, Conn.)
P – David Hickey, Yale (Jr. – Darien, Conn.)
P – Kyle Hunter, Dartmouth (Sr. – Palm City, Fla.)
RP – Michael Byrne, Cornell (Fr. – Vienna, Va.)
C – Mike Fischer, Columbia (Jr. – Scotia, N.Y.)
1B – Alex Black, Columbia (Sr. – The Woodlands, Texas)
2B – Tanner Anderson, Harvard (So. – Tampa, Fla.)
SS – Mike Martin, Harvard (So. – Buffalo Grove, Ill.)
3B – Brent Lawson, Yale (Fr. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
OF – Brandon Kregel, Harvard (So. – Lilburn, Ga.)
OF – Will Marcal, Brown (So. – Lexington, Mass.)
OF – JD Whetsel, Cornell (So. – Liberty Twp., Ohio)
DH – Joey Falcone, Columbia (So. – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
P – Tim Giel, Columbia (Sr. – Gibsonia, Pa.)
P – Zak Hermans, Princeton (Sr. – Coppell, Texas)
P – Zach McCulley, Cornell (Jr. – Pensacola, Fla.)
P – Cole Sulser, Dartmouth (Sr. – Santa Ysabel, Calif.)
RP – John Beasley, Penn (Sr. – Virginia Beach, Va.)
RP – Cale Hanson, Yale (Jr. – Katy, Texas)
RP – Kevin Roy, Columbia (Fr. – Houston)
C – Austin Bossart, Penn (So. – O’Fallon, Ill.)
2B – Brenton Peters, Cornell (Sr. – Leesburg, Va.)
SS – Tom D’Alessandro, Cornell (Jr. – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
3B – Alex Flink, Princeton (Sr. – Dallas)
DH – Kevin Tatum, Cornell (So. – Woodbridge, Va.)
* Unanimous Selection
^ The first team was expanded due to ties in the voting