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Dario Pizzano is a three-time first team All-Ivy League outfielder.
Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Dario Pizzano Named Ivy League Baseball Player of the Year; Three Named First Team All-Ivy, Six Lions Honored in All

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 05/18/2012
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NEW YORK - Columbia junior outfielder Dario Pizzano was named the Ivy League Player of the Year, leading six Lions on the All-Ivy League team, it was announced Friday afternoon by the league office. This is the second straight season that six Columbia players have earned All-Ivy League honors.

In a vote by the league's eight head coaches, Pizzano was honored as Columbia's second Ivy League Player of the Year in the last five seasons (Henry Perkins, 2008). Pizzano wielded a mighty bat all season, hitting .360 with four home runs, 16 doubles and 36 runs batted in. He carried an on-base percentage of .471 after drawing 31 walks, including six intentional walks.

In Ivy League play, Pizzano batted .409 with two home runs and 20 RBI in 20 games. He finished second in on-base percentage (.512) and slugging percentage (.621) during league play. Among Ivy Leaguers in league play, Pizzano ranked in the top five in batting average, slugging percentage, on-base percentage, runs scored, hits, runs batted in, doubles, total bases, walks, hits by pitch and sacrifice flies.

Senior right-hand pitcher Pat Lowery and senior third baseman Jon Eisen join Pizzano on the All-Ivy League first team.

The ace of Columbia's pitching staff, Lowery posted a 3-1 record and a 1.80 earned run average in five starts during Ivy League play. His ERA of 2.35 was the lowest among Ivy League pitchers all season. Lowery totaled 46 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings pitched and struck out 30 batters in 30.0 innings during league play. Opponents batted just .241 against the 6-5 right-hander and hit one home run against him all season.

As Columbia's leadoff man, Eisen had an outstanding senior season. The Ivy League's Blair Bat award winner for highest batting average in league play, Eisen hit .446 in the 20-game league season and reached base at a .534 clip. He hit safely in 17 of 20 Ivy games and carried an 18-game hit streak during the season, the longest among Ivy League players in 2012. For the season, Eisen batted .360 with 37 runs scored and a team-high 13 stolen bases. He hit .541 in Columbia's last 10 games, in which the Lions went 7-3.

Junior first baseman Alex Black gained second team All-Ivy League accolades after a breakout season. After suffering an injury early in 2011, Black came back and batted a team-high .370 in 2012. Fourteen of his 40 base hits went for extra bases, including 10 doubles, two triples and two home runs. Black batted .375 during league play with two homers and 12 RBI.

Junior right-hander Stefan Olson earned honorable mention on the All-Ivy League team for the second straight season. Olson finished his junior season on the mound with a flourish, earning wins in each of his last three starts. The 6-5 righty limited opponents to a .254 batting average and went 3-2 with a 2.86 earned run average in Ivy League play. In 2012, Olson won four games and finished with a 3.65 ERA.

Junior outfielder Nick Ferraresi capped a strong season with his first All-Ivy League honor. Ferraresi was consistent all season, hitting .310 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in. Batting mainly in the cleanup spot in the lineup, Ferraresi drove in 17 runs during 20 Ivy League games. He cranked out 15 doubles and collected six outfield assists from right field.

2012 ALL-IVY LEAGUE BASEBALL

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Dario Pizzano, Columbia, Jr. (Saugus, Mass.)

PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Zak Hermans, Princeton, Jr. (Coppell, Texas)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Kellen Urbon, Cornell, Fr. (San Diego, Calif.)

First-Team All-Ivy
P – Zak Hermans, Princeton, Jr. (Coppell, Texas)
P – Connor Kaufmann, Cornell, So. (Midlothian, Va.)
P – Pat Lowery, Columbia, Sr. (Oakdale, Conn.)
RP – *Kellen Urbon, Cornell, Fr. (San Diego, Calif.)
C – Sam Mulroy, Princeton, Sr. (Bethesda, Md.)
1B – Dustin Selzer, Dartmouth, So. (Houston, Texas)
2B – Jeff Reynolds, Harvard, Sr. (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
3B – Jon Eisen, Columbia, Sr. (Nashville, Tenn.)
SS – Joe Sclafani, Dartmouth, Sr. (Palm City, Fla.)
OF – Jake Carlson, Dartmouth, Sr. (The Woodlands, Texas)
OF – *Dario Pizzano, Columbia, Jr. (Saugus, Mass.)
OF – Greg Zebrack, Penn, Sr. (Northridge, Calif.)
UTL – Alec Keller, Princeton, So. (Richmond, Va.)
DH – *Ennis Coble, Dartmouth, Jr. (Atlanta, Ga.)

Second-Team All-Ivy
P – Mike Ford, Princeton, So. (Belle Mead, N.J.)
P – Pat Ludwig, Yale, Sr. (Okemos, Mich.)
P – Brian McAfee, Cornell, Fr. (Bothell, Wash.)
RP – Thomas Olson, Dartmouth, Fr. (Manhattan, Kan.)
C – Brandon Lee, Cornell, Sr. (Mission Viejo, Calif.)
1B – Alex Black, Columbia, Jr. (The Woodlands, Texas)
2B – J.J. Franco, Brown, So. (New York, N.Y.)
3B – Nick Fornaca, Brown, Fr. (San Diego, Calif.)
SS – Jake McGuiggan, Harvard, So. (Hingham, Mass.)
OF – Brian Billigen, Cornell, Sr. (Carnegie, Pa.)
OF – Chris Cruz, Cornell, So. (Bay Shore, N.Y.)
OF – Ryan Deitrich, Penn, Jr. (Spring City, Pa.)
UTL – Cale Hanson, Yale, So. (Katy, Texas)

Honorable Mention All-Ivy
P – Nolan Becker, Yale, Jr. (New York, N.Y.)
P – Matt Bowman, Princeton, Jr. (Chevy Chase, Md.)
P – Adam Frank, Dartmouth, Fr. (Gilbert, Ariz.)
P – Mitch Horacek, Dartmouth, So. (Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
P – Rick Marks, Cornell, Sr. (Big Flats, N.Y.)
P – Stefan Olson, Columbia, Jr. (Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
P – Vince Voiro, Penn, Sr. (Cherry Hill, N.J.)
C – Austin Bossart, Penn, Fr. (O’Fallon, Ill.)
1B – Kevin Fortunato, Yale, So. (Wall, N.J.)
1B – Frank Hager, Cornell, Sr. (Berkeley Heights, N.J.)
2B – Brenton Peters, Cornell, Jr. (Leesburg, Va.)
3B – Kyle Larrow, Harvard, Jr. (Carver, Mass.)
3B – Ben Swinford, Cornell, So. (Lake Oswego, Ore.)
SS – Matt Bowman, Princeton, Jr. (Chevy Chase, Md.)
OF – Nick Ferraresi, Columbia, Jr. (Wellington, Fla.)
OF – Stephen Harrington, Princeton, Jr. (Philadelphia, Pa.)
OF – Jeff Keller, Dartmouth, So. (Atherton, Calif.)
OF – Will Marcal, Brown, Fr. (Lexington, Mass.)
UTL – Kevin Tatum, Cornell, Fr. (Woodbridge, Va.)

*-Unanimous selection

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