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Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics

Six Softball Players Earn All-Ivy League Honors

Courtesy: Columbia University Athletics
          Release: 05/13/2014
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PRINCETON, N.J. – For the second straight year, six members of the Columbia softball squad were tabbed for All-Ivy League honors, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon. Liz Caggiano, Alyssa Rodia and Alix Cook all earned spots on the second team, while Kayla Shimoda, Emily Snodgrass and Kerry Cook gained honorable mention status.

Caggiano is now 3-for-3 in picking up All-Ivy honors in her collegiate career. The junior catcher established new career-highs, hitting .303 with six homers and 22 RBI. In conference play, Caggiano was even better with a .345 batting average four dingers and 16 RBI to go with a .618 slugging percentage.

Rodia put up gaudy offensive numbers and was solid with the glove as well. She batted .331 and led the team with six homers, the most for any first-year in program history, 25 RBI, 31 runs scored and a .554 slugging percentage. Named Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week on Apr. 22, the Carmel, New York native boasted a .994 fielding percentage, playing in all 44 games at first base.

Alix Cook joins the All-Ivy League second team for the second consecutive season after hitting .338 with 25 runs, six doubles and 14 RBI. The third baseman posted a 14-game hitting streak, the longest of any Columbia player on the year, and continued to rank among the national leaders in toughest to strikeout, fanning just once per every 19 at-bats.

Shimoda was a spark plug all year for the Lions, posting a .313 batting average, five homers, 22 RBI and seven stolen bases. The junior’s brightest moment of the season was a walk-off grand slam in game one of a doubleheader against Iona on Mar. 22.

Snodgrass completed her brilliant career, leading the squad with a .341 batting average. She also posted nine doubles, 17 RBI and six steals in 44 games, all in leftfield. Her 171 hits are the third most in Columbia history and the Canby, Oregon product ranks in the top-five in career doubles (36 – third) and RBI (70 – fifth).

Kerry Cook joins her sister and teammate, Alix, as an All-Ivy selection after notching a .303 batting average with a homer and nine RBI. She emerged as the team’s designated player, starting the final 16 games in that position. Cook belted a pinch-hit game-winning home run in the sixth inning in game one against Brown on Mar. 28.

2014 Softball All-Ivy League

First Team
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth * (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Jr., P - Slidel, La.)
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Sr., C - Orlando, Fla.)
Lauren Delgadillo, Yale (So., 1B - San Clemente, Calif.)
Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Jr., 2B - Parkland, Fla.)
Kasey Lange, Harvard * (Sr., 3B, Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth * (So., SS - San Diego)
Michiko McGivney, Cornell (So., OF - Port Jefferson, N.Y.)
Leah Allen, Penn * (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.)
Kanani Datan, Penn (So., OF - Simi Valley, Calif.)
Meg Parker, Cornell (So., Utility - Miami)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^  (So., DP - Norman, Okla.)

Second Team
Alexis Borden, Penn (Jr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth ^ (So., P - Norman, Okla.)
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Jr., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Alyssa Rodia, Columbia (Fr., 1B - Carmel, N.Y.)
Kara Curosh, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Munster, Ind.)
Alix Cook, Columbia (Jr., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Janet Leung, Brown (So., SS - Mississauga, Ont., Canada)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (Jr., SS - San Diego)
Andrea DelConte, Harvard (Jr., OF - Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.)
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Jr., OF - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Tori Balta, Yale (Sr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Utility - Southlake, Texas)
Alexis Sargent, Penn (DP, Fr. - Alexandria, Va.)

Honorable Mention
Alyson Onyon, Cornell (Sr., P - Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
Shanna Christian, Princeton (So., P - Parker, Colo.)
Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Jr., 1B - Jacksonville, Fla.)
Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Jr., 2B - Aiea, Hawaii)
Haley Hineman, Princeton (Fr., 2B - Valencia, Calif.)
Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (Sr., 3B - West Hills, Calif.)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Sr., OF - Canby, Ore.)
Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Sr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Sr. OF - Albany, Calif.)
Kerry Cook, Columbia (Fr., Utilty - El Segundo, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (So., Utilty - Los Angeles)

Player of the Year: Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (So., P/DP - Norman, Okla.)
Pitcher of the Year: Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Jr., P - Katy, Texas)
Rookie of the Year: Leah Allen, Penn * (Fr., OF - Woodbine, Md.)

* unanimous selection
^ McCalmon made the first team as the designated player and second team as a pitcher.

NOTE: There are two shortstops on the second team due to a tie in the voting.

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