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Softball Weekly Release - Week 8

Softball Weekly Release - Week 8

Complete Softball Weekly Release in PDF format

Photos courtesy of Dartmouth and Princeton Athletic Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Dartmouth earned a trio of weekly awards as junior catcher Claire Bird, junior pitcher Breanna Ethridge and freshman shortstop Calista Almer were named the Player, Pitcher and Co-Rookie of the Week, respectively. Princeton freshman outfielder Megan Donahey shared the Rookie of the Week award with Almer. 

LEAGUE NOTES

  • Princeton sits atop the Ivy League South Division with a League-best record of 6-2. A pair of South Division teams—Columbia and Penn—sit one game back of the Tigers at 5-3.
  • After a 4-0 weekend, Dartmouth reigns over the North Division at 5-3. The Big Green own a one-game advantage on Yale (4-4). 
  • Columbia's Madison Gott tied Maggie Johnson's Lion career home run record with her 18th career dinger on April 8. 
  • Harvard's Rhianna Rich paces the Ivy League with a .437 batting average, while Princeton's Marissa Reynolds owns a League-best .542 on-base percentage and .862 slugging percentage.
  • Dartmouth's Breanna Ethridge paces the Ancient Eight with 75 strikeouts and 11 complete games on the season. Penn's Alexis Sargent ranks second with 74 strikeouts and boasts a conference-high nine wins.
  • Harvard's Kathleen Duncan has accumulated a League-best three saves this year.
  • Penn's Sargent (2.19) and Princeton's Erica Nori (2.93) each possess a sub-3.00 ERA.
  • The Columbia tandem of Madison Gott and Sommer Grzybek lead all Ivies with six home runs. Gott also owns a League-high 64 total bases and nine doubles.
  • Penn's Sarah Cwiertnia claims a conference-high 26 RBIs—five ahead of her nearest competitor. Teammate Leah Allen owns an Ivy-best 13 stolen bases.
  • Princeton's Megan Donahey has tallied a conference-high 21 runs scored.  
  • 22-of-26 Ivy League games will be broadcast this week, including 20 on the Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, April 11
Harvard at Bryant, 4 pm
Princeton at Monmouth, 4 pm [ESPN3]

Wednesday, April 12
Quinnipiac at Yale, 3 pm [ILDN]
Penn at Drexel, 3 pm [DragonsTV]
Quinnipiac at Yale, 5 pm [ILDN]

Thursday, April 13
Siena at Cornell, 3 pm [ILDN]
Saint Peter's at Columbia, 3 pm 
Holy Cross at Brown, 3:30 pm
Siena at Cornell, 5 pm [ILDN]
Saint Peter's at Columbia, 5 pm

Saturday, April 15
Yale at Harvard, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Brown at Dartmouth, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Harvard, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Brown at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 3 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 4 pm [ESPN3] [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 6 pm [ESPN3] [ILDN]

Sunday, April 16
Yale at Harvard, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Brown at Dartmouth, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 2 pm [ILDN]
Yale at Harvard, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Brown at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Columbia, 3 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at Penn, 4 pm [ILDN]

KEY
ESPN3-Broadcast on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN App
ILDN-Broadcast on The Ivy League Digital Network
DragonsTV-Broadcast on Drexel's DragonsTV

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior catcher Claire Bird (Rapids City, Ill.) went 6-for-10 to compile a .600 average over a 4-0 conference weekend for the Big Green, with sweeps of Cornell and Princeton.

The Rapids City, Ill., native tallied two triples, a walk and a home run, while driving in five runs to help the Big Green ascend to the top of the Ivy League North Division standings at 5-3. Bird also scored three runs and slugged 1.300 over the four-game Ancient Eight winning streak. Her best performance came in the opener against Princeton when she posted a 3-for-3 mark with a triple, a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs.

Bird is the first Dartmouth student-athlete to earn Player of the Week honors since Katie McEachern on April 12, 2016.

Bird's Statistics for the Week
4 G, .600 (6-for-10), 3 R, 2 3B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 BB, .636 OBP, 1.300 SLG

PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Big Green junior pitcher Breanna Ethridge (Loganville, Ga.) earned 3-of-4 Dartmouth wins in the circle this weekend, while posting a 1.22 ERA.

The Loganville, Ga., product tossed 23.0 innings—including a pair of complete games—against Cornell and Princeton in Ancient Eight play. Ethridge conceded 14 hits, four earned runs and three walks, while striking out 14. She contributed to all four victories, earning the save in the lone game where she did not pick up the win. Against Princeton, Ethridge compiled a spotless 0.00 ERA with four strikeouts in nine innings pitched.

Ethridge is the first Big Green hurler to be honored with the Pitcher of the Week award since Morgan McCalmon on April 19, 2016.

Ethridge's Statistics for the Week
4 APP, 3 GS, 3-0, 2 CG, 1 SV, 23.0 IP, 14 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 14 K, 1.22 ERA

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman shortstop Calista Almer (Pollock Pines, Calif.) posted a .462 average to help the Big Green to a 4-0 weekend in Ancient Eight play.

The Pollock Pines, Fla., native had her best performance in the opener against Cornell, going 4-for-4 with a triple, a walk, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Almer scored four runs and drove in another over the four-game homestand. She also swiped four bags, compiled a .533 on-base percentage and slugged .615 on the weekend.

Almer earns the second Rookie of the Week nod this season for the Big Green, joining Micah Schroder (Feb. 27).

Almer's Statistics for the Week
4 G, .462 (6-for-13), 4 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 SB, .533 OBP, .615 SLG

CO-ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman outfielder Megan Donahey (Phoenix, Ariz.) went 5-for-13 to accumulate a .385 average in a 2-2 road weekend at Dartmouth and Harvard.

The Phoenix, Ariz., product had a hit in all four games, while adding two walks, four stolen bases, an RBI and four runs scored. Her best effort was a 2-for-3 performance with a walk, two stolen bases and two runs scored in the opener at Harvard. Donahey boasts a team-high 11 multi-hit games, including her two-hit effort against the Crimson.

This is the second Rookie of the Week selection for the Tigers—and for Donahey—who was previously honored on March 6.

Donahey's Statistics for the Week
4 G, .385 (5-for-13), 4 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 4 SB, .467 OBP, .385 SLG

HONOR ROLL
Christina Andrews, Brown (Sr., 2B – Southlake, Texas)
5 G, .563 (9-for-16), 5 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, .611 OBP, .813 SLG

Kaitlin Okimoto
, Brown (Fr., SS – Burbank, Calif.)
5 G, .471 (8-for-17), 4 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, 2 SB, .550 OBP, .471 SLG

Madison Gott
, Columbia (Jr., SS – Weston, Fla.)
6 G, .368 (7-for-19), 4 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .368 OBP, .684 SLG

Sommer Grzybek
, Columbia (Fr., OF – Cooper City, Fla.)
6 G, .294 (5-for-17), 2 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, .368 OBP, .588 SLG

Jessica Bigbie
, Cornell (Sr., OF – Tallahassee, Fla.)
8 G, .321 (9-for-28), 3 R, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 1 BB, .345 OBP, .429 SLG

Megan Murray
, Cornell (Jr., IF – Alfred, N.Y.)
8 G, .480 (12-for-25), 4 R, 4 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, .536 OBP, .760 SLG

Rhianna Rich
, Harvard (So., IF – El Segundo, Calif.)
4 G, .643 (9-for-14), 4 R, 1 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB, .667 OBP, 1.000 SLG

Leah Allen
, Penn (Sr., OF – Woodbine, Md.)
5 G, .444 (8-for-18), 2 R, 1 3B, 3 RBI, 2 SB, .474 OBP, .556 SLG

Alexis Sargent
, Penn (Sr., P – Alexandria, Va.)
2 APP, 2 GS, 2-0, 2 CG, 14.0 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 8 K, 2.00 ERA

Kaylee Grant
, Princeton (So., IF – Keller, Texas)
4 G, .462 (6-for-13), 2 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 2 BB, .533 OBP, .923 SLG

Francesca Casalino
, Yale (Jr., P – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
4 G, .500 (6-for-12), 3 R, 1 RBI, 3 BB, .600 OBP, .500 SLG

Shelby Kennedy
, Yale (So., OF – Vail, Arizona)
4 G, .583 (7-for-12), 5 R, 5 RBI, 2 BB, 1 SB, .667 OBP, .583 SLG

Allison Skinner
, Yale (Jr., 3B/1B – Katy, Texas)
4 G, .538 (7-for-13), 2 R, 3 RBI, .538 OBP, .538 SLG