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Softball Weekly Release - Week 7

Softball Weekly Release - Week 7

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Photos courtesy of Columbia and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Princeton sophomore infielder Kaylee Grant was tabbed as the Player of the Week after leading the Tigers to a 4-0 start in Ivy League play for the first time since 2008. For just the second time in program history, Columbia also opened Ancient Eight play with an unblemished 4-0 mark. The Lions claimed a pair of weekly awards—freshman pitcher Madison Canby earned the Pitcher of the Week nod and shared Rookie of the Week honors with freshman outfielder Sommer Grzybek


  • A pair of South Division teams—Princeton and Columbia—boast unblemished 4-0 marks following the opening weekend of Ancient Eight play. This is the first 4-0 start for the Tigers since 2008 and just the second-ever for the Lions.
  • Penn and Yale claim .500 marks at 2-2, with Yale sitting atop the North Division. Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard each sit at 1-3.
  • Princeton’s Marissa Reynolds paces the Ivy League with a .489 batting average, a .596 on-base percentage and a 1.022 slugging percentage. 
  • Reynolds leads the NCAA in slugging percentage and ranks among the top 5 in on-base percentage (4th) and batting average (5th).  
  • Columbia’s Madison Canby and Penn’s Alexis Sargent boast a League-best seven wins on the season. Sargent has also fanned a conference-high 66 batters.
  • Harvard’s Kathleen Duncan has accumulated a League-best three saves this year.
  • Penn’s Sargent (2.23 ERA) and Courtney Cuzick (2.60 ERA) and Princeton’s Erica Nori (2.70 ERA) each possess a sub-3.00 ERA.
  • The Columbia tandem of Madison Gott and Sommer Grzybek lead all Ivies with five home runs, while Penn’s Sarah Cwiertnia claims a conference-high 23 RBIs—seven ahead of her nearest competitor.
  • Penn’s Leah Allen has accumulated a League-best 17 runs scored and 11 stolen bases.
  • Twelve games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN) this week, including a pair of simulcasts on ESPN3.
Tuesday, April 4
Villanova at Penn, 4 pm [ILDN]

Wednesday, April 5
Columbia at Fairfield, 3 pm
Cornell at Albany, 3 pm [AETV]
Providence at Brown, 3 pm
Columbia at Fairfield, 5 pm
Cornell at Albany, 5 pm [AETV]

Friday, April 7
Columbia at Brown, 2 pm
Cornell at Dartmouth, 2 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Harvard, 2 pm [ESPN3] [ILDN]
Penn at Yale, 2 pm
Columbia at Brown, 4 pm
Cornell at Dartmouth, 4 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Harvard, 4 pm [ESPN3] [ILDN]
Penn at Yale, 4 pm

Saturday, April 8
Penn at Brown, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Dartmouth, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Harvard, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Columbia at Yale, 12:30 pm
Penn at Brown, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Harvard, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Columbia at Yale, 2:30 pm

ILDN-Broadcast on The Ivy League Digital Network
AETV-Broadcast on America East TV
ESPN3-Broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App

Princeton sophomore infielder Kaylee Grant (Keller, Texas) hit an otherworldly .714 and slugged 1.143 to lead the Tigers to a 4-0 start in Ivy League play for the first time since 2008.

The Keller, Texas, product tallied two singles, three doubles and three walks, while driving in a team-high five runs to help Princeton sweep Brown and Yale for the first time in nine seasons. Grant posted an .800 on-base percentage on the week, including a perfect 1.000 mark in the doubleheader against Yale—going 3-for-3 and registering three walks.

Grant earns her second Player of the Week nod of the 2017 campaign and is the third-straight Tiger to receive the award.

Grant’s Statistics for the Week 
4 G, .714 (5-for-7), 3 2B, 5 RBI, 3 BB, .800 OBP, 1.143 SLG

Columbia freshman pitcher Madison Canby (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) earned the win in her first four Ivy League games as the Lions got off to a 4-0 start in Ancient Eight play for just the second time in program history.

The Pembroke Pines, Fla., product allowed just three earned runs over 22.1 innings pitched to compile a 0.94 ERA. Canby conceded 16 hits and six walks, while striking out four in her four appearances. She tallied complete games in the openers against Dartmouth and Harvard and returned for at least four innings in the second game of each twin bill, tossing 8.1 scoreless innings in relief.

Canby earns her first-ever Pitcher of the Week award, to go along with her second-straight Rookie of the Week nod. The honor for her work in the circle snaps a six-year drought for the Lions, whose last Pitcher of the Week award winner was Maggie Johnson on April 27, 2011.

Canby’s Statistics for the Week
4 APP, 2 GS, 4-0, 2 CG, 22.1 IP, 16 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 6 BB, 4 K, 0.94 ERA

Columbia freshman outfielder Sommer Grzybek (Cooper City, Fla.) had a pair of walk-off hits to lead the Lions to a doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth to open the Ivy League season. She also helped Columbia to its first sweep of Harvard since 2007.

The Cooper City, Fla., native hit .333 on the week, accumulating 11 total bases by way of a single, a double and a pair of home runs. Grzybek also tallied three runs scored, three RBIs, two walks and two stolen bases on the opening weekend of Ancient Eight play. The freshman tattooed a ball up the middle for a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh of Columbia’s 4-3 win in its Ivy League opener against the Big Green. She then added a walk-off solo home run to left center in the bottom of the ninth to close out the doubleheader sweep of Dartmouth.

Grzybek earns her second Rookie of the Week nod this season, after being previously honored on March 20.

Grzybek’s Statistics for the Week
4 G, .333 (4-for-12), 3 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB, .467 OBP, .917 SLG

Christina Andrews, Brown (Sr., 2B – Southlake, Texas)
6 G, .353 (6-for-17), 4 R, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, .389 OBP, .882 SLG

Kaitlin Okimoto
, Brown (Fr., SS – Burbank, Calif.)
6 G, .476 (10-for-21), 4 R, 1 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, .500 OBP, .810 SLG

Taylor Troutt
, Columbia (Jr., 2B – League City, Texas)
4 G, .500 (6-for-12), 2 R, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .538 OBP, .583 SLG

Olivia Lam
, Cornell (So., C – La Canada, Calif.)
4 G, .455 (5-for-11), 1 R, 3 2B, 3 RBI, 4 BB, .600 OBP, .727 SLG

Calista Almer
, Dartmouth (Fr., SS – Pollock Pines, Calif.)
4 G, .353 (6-for-17), 7 R, 2 2B, 1 RBI, 1 SB, .353 OBP, .471 SLG

Karen Chaw
, Dartmouth (Sr., C – Castro Valley, Calif.)
4 G, .353 (6-for-17), 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, .389 OBP, .529 SLG

Kathleen Duncan
, Harvard (So., P – Allendale, N.J.)
2 APP, 2 GS, 1-1, 1 CG, 11.2 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1.20 ERA

Elizabeth Shively
, Harvard (So., C – Dallas, Ga.)
4 G, .385 (5-for-13), 1 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, .385 OBP, .538 SLG

Sarah Cwiertnia
, Penn (So., IF – Villa Park, Calif.)
4 G, .385 (5-for-13), 2 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, .467 OBP, .385 SLG

Allison Harvey
, Princeton (Fr., IF – Foothill Ranch, Calif.)
4 G, .667 (6-for-9), 6 R, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 1 BB, .583 OBP, .889 SLG

Erica Nori
, Princeton (Sr., P – Weston, Fla.)
2 APP, 2 GS, 2-0, 2 CG, 12.0 IP, 5 H, 2 BB, 5 K, 0.00 ERA

Francesca Casalino
, Yale (Jr., P – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
2 APP, 1 GS, 1-1, 1 CG, 13.0 IP, 14 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 10 K, 1.62 ERA

Madison Sack
, Yale (So., C – Parkland, Fla.)
4 G, .357 (5-for-14), 2 R, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, .400 OBP, .571 SLG