PRINCETON, N.J. – First-year second baseman Will Savage has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, as announced by the conference office Wednesday afternoon.
Over five games last week, Savage batted .385 and scored four times, including once on his first collegiate home run. The local product from the Bronx, N.Y. put the exclamation point on Columbia’s 4-0 victory over Brown on Tuesday when he raced around the bases on a deep drive to right field to score on an inside the park homer.
In addition to slugging at a team-best .615, Savage posted an on-base percentage of .467 after being hit by pitches twice and knocking five hits.
His defense play has also been a bright spot for the Lions. His 11 chances last week were the second-most of any fielder for the Columbia and he converted outs on each of them, showing exceptional range and arm strength on a number of occasions.
Savage is the first Columbia player to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week accolades since Dario Pizzano won the honor on May 4, 2010. He is the fourth player to be honored with a weekly award this year, as David Speer and Kevin Roy have earned Pitcher of the Week awards and Jordan Serena was named the Player of the Week after opening weekend.