PRINCETON, N.J. – Three Columbia softball players received All-Ivy League accolades, as announced by the conference office on Thursday. Sophomore Tristin Moone earned first team All-Ivy League honors and first-years Liz Caggiano and Kayla Shimoda garnered honorable mention nods.
"Tristin, Liz and Kayla each showed moments of brilliance this season and the other Ivy League coaches agreed,” Columbia head softball coach Kayla Noonan said. “While we are proud of what they accomplished this year, I think these honors will make each of these young competitors even more hungry for team success next season."
Moone received first-team honors as a designated player. Over 18 appearances in conference games, she batted .298 with four homers, two doubles, 10 RBI and four runs scored. The Waterflow, N.M., native was at her best in Columbia’s season series at Dartmouth and Cornell. She played a major role in the Lions’ doubleheader sweep against the Big Green on April 7. In the first game, she went 2-of-4 with two home runs and four RBI to lead the Lions to a 9-0 win. In four games at Cornell, Moone hit .417 (5-of-12) with two home runs, one double, eight RBI and two runs scored. She was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll on April 10 and April 17 for her outstanding play against Dartmouth and Cornell.
For the season (29 appearances, 22 starts), Moone hit .295 with a team-high four homers, three doubles, 15 RBI and five runs scored. Her .487 slugging percentage led the team. Moone is Columbia’s ninth first team All-Ivy League honoree in program history and the second to be named as a DP.
Caggiano was a two-time Ivy League Rookie of the Week. She was the conference’s first Rookie of The Week for 2012 after she had a big showing in her first collegiate non-conference tournament, batting .455 with three RBI over four games at the 13th MSU Bulldog Classic. The rookie catcher from Bellaire, Texas, earned top first-year honors a second time following dominant performances against Fairleigh Dickinson and Princeton from April 18-20. She hit .467 with three home runs and seven RBI over that six-game stretch.
Caggiano hit .265 for the season with a team-high five home runs, seven doubles, 17 RBI (which tied for the team lead) and eight runs scored. Her 19 walks and .390 on-base percentage also led the team. Her five home runs tied the Columbia single-season rookie home run record set by Valerie Smith back in 2006. Behind the plate, Caggiano proved that opposing baserunners should be wary of her throwing arm as she gunned out an Ivy League-best 10 runners trying to steal.
Shimoda batted .280 for the year with five doubles, nine RBI and 10 runs scored. The speedy outfielder came on strong late in the year, hitting .381 with three doubles and two RBI over her final eight games. The Aiea, Hawai’i, native was named to the Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll on April 24 following a week when she hit .467 with three doubles and two RBI against Fairleigh Dickinson and Princeton.
Earlier this month, Noonan and the Columbia softball program awarded its 2012 team awards. Sophomore first baseman Morgan Cook received the Softball Award and junior Alison Lam received the Carol Dodge Award.
The Softball Award is given annually to the player who makes the greatest contribution in terms of performance, competitive spirit and team play. Cook came through in clutch moments and had some of the most productive performances for Columbia in 2012. She led the team with 10 multi-hit games and five multi-RBI games. Cook hit .262 with five doubles and her 17 RBI tied for the team lead. She also tallied a team-best 10 sacrifice hits (two sac flies, eight sac bunts). Cook’s play was incredible in pressure situations. She hit .361 with two outs, advanced runners 51.3 percent of the time and drove in 12 of her 17 RBI when there were two outs. She was also a defensive stalwart at first base, posting a .994 fielding percentage and consistently making great plays on grounders and tough throws from across the infield.
The Carol Dodge Award is presented annually to the player who, through her actions both on and off the field, provides inspiration and leadership for her team, perseveres through adversity, demonstrates compassion for her fellow student-athletes and lives in the true spirit and love of athletics. As one of three upperclassmen, Lam was an encouraging leader for Columbia’s younger players in 2012. On the field, she hit a career-best .278 with two doubles, four RBI and a team-high 17 runs scored. She also played error-free defense in center field, posting a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage with 51 putouts and three outfield assists. Lam also tallied two Ivy League Weekly Honor Roll mentions (March 13, May 1) and seven multi-hit games.
2012 All-Ivy League
Co-Players of the Year
Jane Alexander, Harvard (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Jr., Chino, Calif.)
Pitcher of the Year
Rachel Brown, Harvard (Sr., San Diego, Calif.)*
Rookie of the Year
Alexis Borden, Penn (Fr., Yorba Linda, Calif.)
First Team All-Ivy
P – Rachel Brown, Harvard (Sr., San Diego, Calif.)*
P – Alexis Borden, Penn (Fr., Yorba Linda, Calif.)*
C – Kristen Towne, Cornell (Jr., Brecksville, Ohio)
1B – Kate Strobel, Brown (Sr., Denver, Colo.)
2B – Jennifer Ong, Yale (Jr., Pleasanton, Calif.)
3B – Kasey Lange, Harvard (So., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*
SS – Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Jr., Chino, Calif.)
OF – Ashley Heritage, Harvard (Jr., College Station, Texas)
OF – Lauren Bucolo, Cornell (So., Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF – Brooke Coloma, Penn (Jr., Martinez, Calif.)
U – Elysse Gorney, Penn (So., Orlando, Fla.)
DP – Tristin Moone, Columbia (So., Waterflow, N.M.)
Second Team (13)^
P – Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (So., Slidell, La.)
P – Alyson Onyon, Cornell (So., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
C - Allison Scott, Harvard (So., Alpine, Calif.)
1B - Whitney Shaw, Harvard (Sr., San Francisco, Calif.)
2B – Jenny Edwards, Cornell (Morton Grove, Ill.)
2B – Samantha Erosa, Penn (Jr., Bronx, N.Y.)
3B – Christy Nelson, Yale (Jr., San Diego, Calif.)
SS - Jane Alexander, Harvard (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF – Shelbi Olson, Harvard (So., Lenexa, Kan.)
OF – Stephanie Regan, Harvard (Jr., Humble, Texas)
OF – Sydney Turchin, Penn (Fr., Princeton Junction, N.J.)
U – Karina Rios, Penn (Fr., Cooper City, Fla.)
DP – Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Honorable Mention (12)
P - Alex Peyton, Princeton (Jr., Fullerton, Calif.)
P – Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Fr., Katy, Texas)
C – Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Fr., Bellaire, Texas)
1B – Kat Hicks, Dartmouth (Sr., Templeton, Calif.)
2B – Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Fr., Parkland, Fla.)
3B – Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (So., West Hills, Calif.)
SS – Meg Johnson, Yale (Sr., New Milford, Conn.)
OF - Tori Balta, Yale (So., Valencia, Calif.)
OF – Jessica Melendez, Penn (Jr., Miami, Fla.)
OF – Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Fr., Aiea, Hawai’i)
OF – Avery Silverstein, Brown (Jr., Woodbridge, Conn.)
DP – Cara Worden, Princeton (Fr., Santa Ana, Calif.)
* - denotes unanimous selection
^ - team expanded to 13 due to a tie in voting