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Hermans Named Ivy Pitcher of the Year, Six Tigers Honored

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 05/18/2012
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Junior Zak Hermans was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and to the First-Team All-Ivy.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

Junior Zak Hermans was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, headlining the six Tigers earning All-Ivy honors, it was announced Friday afternoon by the league.

Hermans was Princeton's top pitcher all year, leading the Tigers in wins (6), ERA (3.00), strikeouts (60), opposing batting average (.241) and innings pitched (63.0). The right-handed pitcher threw two complete games and had one shutout on the year, a 1-0 victory over Cornell where he threw a team-high 14 strikeouts.

Hermans, who also earned First-Team All-Ivy accolades, ranked second in strikeouts and innings pitched, tied for second in wins, and fourth in ERA and opposing batting average among Ivy pitchers. He earned Ivy Pitcher of the Week honors twice and is the first Princeton pitcher to earn Pitcher of the Year accolades since Ryan Quillian won the award in 2001.

Veterans Alec Keller and Sam Mulroy joined Hermans on the first team. Utility Keller earned his first-ever league honor, following a standout sophomore campaign. He was the team's second-leading batter, averaging .346 (47-for-136) in 34 games played. Keller also tallied 22 runs, 18 RBI, four doubles, a triple and went 6-for-8 in stolen bases. A versatile player, he split time between second base and the outfield.

Senior catcher Mulroy earned his second consecutive First-Team All-Ivy accolades. He led the Tigers in nearly every statistical category and concluded the year batting a team-best .351 (52-for-148). Mulroy, who also played in the outfield and infield this season, tallied 37 runs, 32 RBI, eight home runs, eight doubles, a triple and was nearly perfect in stolen bases attempts (11-for-12). He concludes his Princeton career tied for second all-time in home runs with 25.

Sophomore pitcher Mike Ford earned Second-Team All-Ivy honors, earning conference recognition for the second straight year. Ford won four games on the year, throwing five complete games and a shutout. Over 50.0 innings, he threw 26 strikeouts and had a 3.60 ERA.

Rounding out Princeton's honorees was junior Matt Bowman, who earned honorable mention accolades as both a pitcher and shortstop, and junior outfielder  Steve Harrington. On the mound, Bowman went 4-2, throwing three complete games, two shutout victories and 58 strikeouts over 56.0 innings. At the plate, he hit a third-best .308 (41-for-133) in 33 starts, tallying 26 runs, 15 RBI, two doubles, a triple and a home run. At shortstop, Bowman made 50 putouts and 88 assists.

Harrington went 30-for-104 (.288) in 30 games played. He hit 30 RBI, 16 runs, nine doubles, two triples and two home runs. This was Harrington's first-ever conference honorable mention honor.

“We are thrilled for the recognition that our guys got. For Zak to earn Pitcher of the Year and be the first since 2001 is great. Sam has been a mainstay and leader for us all year, and we’re proud of the versatility of our team and how others recognized just how valuable Alec was. For Mike, to get second-team and be honored for the second consecutive year, and Matt to get recognition as a pitcher and an infielder, and Steve earning his first recognition is special. We are thrilled for those guys and it is well deserved,” said head coach Scott Bradley.

The Tigers concluded 2012 with a 20-19 overall, 13-7 Ivy record and missed advancing to the Ivy League Championship Series by one game.

2012 All-Ivy Team

Dario Pizzano, Columbia, Jr. (Saugus, Mass.)

Zak Hermans, Princeton, Jr. (Coppell, Texas)

*Kellen Urbon, Cornell, Fr. (San Diego)

First-Team All-Ivy (14)
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)
C - Sam Mulroy, Princeton, Sr. (Bethesda, Md.)
1B - Dustin Selzer, Dartmouth, So. (Houston)
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)

Second-Team All-Ivy (13)
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)
3B - Nick Fornaca, Brown, Fr. (San Diego)
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 (19)
P - Nolan Becker, Yale, Jr. (New York)
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 - Steve Harrington, Princeton, Jr. (Philadelphia)
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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