PRINCETON, N.J. -- After four weeks of non-conference play the 2012 Ivy softball season progresses into the League portion of the schedule this weekend.
Last season, Harvard won the 2011 Ivy League title and claimed the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Championship field. The North Division Champion Crimson swept Cornell in the Ivy League Championship Series on May 7-8 in Cambridge, Mass., by shutting out the Big Red in back-to-back games, 5-0 and 4-0, to return to the NCAA Championship for the first time since 2007. Cornell had advanced to the Ivy Championship Series by winning the South Division for the third consecutive season, which they clinched with a final day win over Penn in a thrilling 1-0 game. It was the second straight season that culminated in a Harvard-Cornell Ivy League Championship Series.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown junior Stephanie Thompson had an impressive week at the plate for the Bears as they played five games at the UC Riverside Tournament in Riverside, Calif. She batted .667 with 12 hits in 18 at-bats, including a double, a triple and a homer on the week. She added five RBI and four runs scored and did not strike out in the five games. Thompson was last named Ivy League Player of the Week on March 15, 2011. She carries a five-game hitting streak into this weekend's Ivy League play.
5GP, 18 AB, 4 R, 12 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 K, .667 Avg., .667 OBP, 1.000 Slg.%
PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Harvard sophomore Laura Ricciardone (Slidell, La.) led the Crimson to a split with Lehigh in a pair of weekend doubleheaders. She hurled a nine-inning shutout in game two on Sunday, scattering eight hits and fanning two in a game that Harvard eventually won, 1-0. She did not allow an earned run in 15 innings pitched and also recorded a pinch-hit single in Saturday's 3-1 win. With her teammate Rachel Brown earning the first three Pitcher of the Week Awards, the Crimson have claimed four consecutive Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors to open the 2012 season. Ricciardone last earned the honor on April 5, 2011.
0.00 ERA, 1-1, 2 App., 2 GS, 2 CG, 15.0 IP, 11 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman Kristen Rumley (Katy, Texas) helped the Big Green in many ways last week. She recorded wins over Stetson and North Texas while striking out six in each of those victories. In her four appearances overall, she allowed just three runs on nine hits, with just one earned run 19.2 innings of work, good for a 1.07 ERA.
Rumley also paced to the Big Green offense. She got her first collegiate at bats in the doubleheader against Stetson and went 5-of-5 against the Hatters. She was also 2-of-4 against North Texas. For the week Rumley was 9-of-18 with three RBI. For the season, she leads the Big Green with a .474 batting average. In the circle, she has a team-best 2.39 ERA and leads the Big Green with 49 strikeouts. She is the first Dartmouth player to Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors since Hillary Hubert did so on April 20, 2010.
1.07 ERA, 2-1, 4 App., 1 GS, 19.2 IP, 9 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 23 K
6 GP, 18 AB, 9 H, 3 BB, 2 SB, 0 K, .500 Avg., .500 OBP, .500 Slg.%
Alexis Borden, Penn (Fr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
1.40 ERA, 2-1, 3 App., 3 GS, 20.0 IP, 22 H, 7 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 13 K
Trista Chavez, Brown (Fr., 3B - San Pedro,
5 GP, 15 AB, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 1 K, .467 Avg., .529 OBP, .533 Slg.%
Alix Cook, Columbia (Fr., 2B - El Segundo,
2 GP, 5 AB, 2 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, 0 K, .600 Avg., .750 OBP, .800 Slg.%
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (So., C/OF - Albany,
7 GP, 15 AB, 2 R, 4 H, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .267 Avg., .312 OBP, .467 Slg.%
Kara Curosh, Dartmouth (So., 2B - Munster,
6 GP, 22 AB, 2 R, 7 H, 2 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, .318 Avg., .348 OBP, .318 Slg.%
Brooke Darling, Columbia (Fr., P - Springville,
1.62 ERA, 1-0, 2 App., 1 GS, 1 CG, 8.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 7 K
Georgia Guttadauro, Penn (So., 1B - Carlise,
6 GP, 16 AB, 3 R, 6 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 2 BB, .375 Avg., .444 OBP, .750 Slg.%
Meg Johnson, Yale (Sr., SS - New Milford,
6 GP, 19 AB, 5 R, 7 H, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 1 K, 4 SB, .368 Avg., .368 OBP, .684 Slg.%
Linda Laeufer, Cornell (Fr., OF - Pickerington,
3 2B, HR, 6 RBI, .391 Avg., .462 OBP%
Lauren Marx, Cornell (Sr., P - San Diego,
2-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 H, 10.0 IP, 6 K, 1 BB
Shelby Olson, Harvard (So., OF - Lenexa,
4 GP, 10 AB, 1 R, 3 H, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 0 K, .300 Avg., .364 OBP, .400 Slg.%
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (So., 3B - Canby,
2 GP, 9 AB, 2 R, 6 H, 3 2B, 4 RBI, 0 K, .667 Avg., .667 OBP, 1.000 Slg.%
2012 PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
March 6 - Kasey Lange (Harvard)
March 13 - Alyssa Schmidt (Princeton)
March 20 - Jane Alexander (Harvard)
March 27 - Stephanie Thompson (Brown)
2012 PITCHERS OF THE WEEK
March 6 - Rachel Brown (Harvard)
March 13 - Rachel Brown (Harvard)
March 20 - Rachel Brown (Harvard)
March 27 - Laura Ricciardone (Harvard)
2012 ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
March 6 - Liz Caggiano (Columbia)
March 13 - Alexis Borden (Penn)
March 20 - Alexis Borden (Penn)
March 27 - Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth)
2012 HONOR ROLLS
March 6 - Meredith Brown (Princeton), Kara Curosh (Dartmouth) Jenny Edwards (Cornell), Alyson Onyon (Cornell), Kristen Rumley (Dartmouth), Stephanie Thompson (Brown), Sydney Turchin (Penn), Kelsey Vandebergh (Princeton).
March 20 - Tori Balta (Yale), Jennifer Bergeron (Columbia), Kara Curosh (Dartmouth), Kayla Dahlerbruch (Penn), Evan Gray (Dartmouth), Liza Kuhn (Princeton), Nicole Ontiveros (Princeton), Rachel Rendina (Princeton), Kalli Schultea (Columbia), Kate Strobel (Brown).
March 27 - Alexis Borden (Penn), Trista Chavez (Brown), Alix Cook (Columbia), Maddie Cousens (Princeton), Kara Curosh (Dartmouth), Brooke Darling (Columbia), Georgia Guttadauro (Penn), Meg Johnson (Yale), Linda Laeufer (Cornell), Lauren Marx (Cornell), Shelby Olson (Harvard), Emily Snodgrass (Columbia).
Ivy Title Talk
Dating back to 1980, the first season of Ivy League softball play, six Ivy teams have combined for 35 titles in the 32 seasons of play. Yale won the inaugural title in 1980, while Princeton leads the League with 17 titles. Cornell, Brown and Harvard each have five titles, followed by Yale (2) and Penn (1). In 2010, Cornell prevailed in Game 3 of the Championship Series over Harvard, 3-2, for its second title in as many seasons, before Harvard halted that streak by sweeping the Big Red in 2011.
The softball championship series, which pits the regular season champions of the North and South Divisions against each other, began in 2007. That season, Harvard defeated Penn in consecutive games to win the first Ivy League Championship Series. The Cimson have represented the North in four of the five League Championships series (all but 2009 when Dartmouth won the North Divison).
Ivy League Championship Series History
2007 -- Harvard (North) vs. Penn (South)
Game One: Harvard def. Penn, 4-0
Game Two: Harvard def. Penn, 4-2
Harvard wins series, 2-0 (Soldier Softball Field // Cambridge, Mass.)
2008 -- Harvard (North) vs. Princeton (South)
Game One: Princeton def. Harvard, 4-2
Game Two: Princeton def. Harvard, 5-1
Princeton wins series, 2-0 (Class of 1895 Field // Princeton, N.J.)
2009 -- Dartmouth (North) vs. Cornell (South)
Game One: Cornell def. Dartmouth, 4-0
Game Two: Dartmouth def. Cornell, 5-1
Game Three: Cornell def. Dartmouth, 6-1
Cornell wins series, 2-1 (at Niemand*Robison Field // Ithaca, N.Y.)
2010 -- Harvard (North) vs. Cornell (South)
Game One: Cornell def. Harvard, 3-1
Game Two: Harvard def. Cornell, 4-2
Game Three: Cornell def. Harvard, 3-2
Cornell wins series, 2-1 (at Niemand*Robison Field // Ithaca, N.Y.)
2011 -- Harvard (North) vs. Cornell (South)
Game One: Harvard def. Cornell, 5-0
Game Two: Harvard def. Cornell, 4-0
Harvard wins series, 2-0 (at Soldiers Field // Cambridge, Mass.)
The 17-Ivy Win Plateau
Since the Ivy schedule format change in 2007, a team has finished with 17 or more League wins five times and won its division on each of those five occasions. In 2008, Princeton set the record with an 18-2 mark en route to claiming the South Division title. In 2009, Cornell became the second team to crack the 17-Ivy win plateau with a 17-3 record to take the South Division. Then in 2010, both the North (Harvard) and South (Cornell) Division winners reached 17-wins. In 2011, Harvard tied for the most League wins all-time at 18-2 while becoming the fifth squad to win at least 17 Ivy games and win its division.