Four Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors

Pat Ludwig. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Pat Ludwig. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Hanson, Ludwig Voted to Second Team; Becker, Fortunato Earn Honorable Mention


Ivy League Release


NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Despite a difficult season that saw the team finish just 13-31-1 overall, the Yale University baseball team saw a number of consistent efforts from its players throughout the 2012 season. Four of those players were honored by the Ivy League on Friday.

In a vote of the Ivy League's head coaches, senior pitcher Pat Ludwig (Okemos, Mich.) and sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson (Katy, Texas) were named to the All-Ivy League Second Team on Friday, while junior pitcher Nolan Becker (New York, N.Y.) and sophomore first baseman/pitcher Kevin Fortunato (Wall, N.J.) earned All-Ivy Honorable Mention.

Sophomore shortstop Cale Hanson, who started all 45 games and shared the G.H. Walker, Jr. Award with senior catcher Ryan Brenner as the team's Most Valuable Players during the 2012 season, led the Bulldogs in hitting, posting a .340 batting average, while also posting team-highs in on-base percentage (.412), total hits (55), walks (19), and stolen bases (11) while starting all 45 games (39 at shortstop and 6 at center field). Hanson also recorded a streak of 34 straight games in which he reached base, the longest such streak in the Ivy League this season.

Senior Pat Ludwig, who went 1-5 in nine starts and shared the team's Ducky Pond Pitching Award, a career award for pitching excellence and character, with fellow senior Eric Shultz, led the team in strikeouts (64), strikeouts looking (23), earned run average (2.73), and innings pitched (62.2). He led the Ivy League in strikeouts and strikeouts looking and was third in ERA, third in innings pitched and seventh in opposing batting average (.256).

Junior pitcher Nolan Becker, who went 2-4 in 12 appearances and nine starts, led the Bulldogs in opposing batting average, holding hitters to a stellar .238 average, which was second among Ivy League leaders. He was second on the team in strikeouts (56) and strikeouts looking (16), strikeout numbers that placed him fifth and third, respectively, among Ivy League leaders. He allowed just 46 hits all season, which led the team's starters and was second among Ivy League leaders. Becker struck out a stunning 16 batters in his final start of the season, the final game of the regular season against Brown. The 16 strikeouts were a season-high for the Ivy League.

Sophomore first baseman Kevin Fortunato, who started all 45 games, was fourth on the team in batting average (.277). He led the team in RBIs (33), home runs (4), doubles (11) and slugging percentage (.439). His 33 RBIs were fifth among Ivy League leaders this season. As Yale's closer, he also recorded two saves, which was eighth among Ivy League leaders.

Hanson and Fortunato were among four Bulldogs, along with 2013 team captain Chris Piwinski and senior Charlie Neil, who appeared in all 45 games this season.

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)

First-Team All-Ivy (14)
P – Zak Hermans, Princeton (Jr., Coppell, Texas)
P – Pat Lowery, Columbia (Sr., Oakdale, Conn.)
P – Connor Kaufmann, Cornell (So, Midlothian, Va.)
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 – *Dario Pizzano, Columbia (Jr., Saugus, Mass.)
OF – Jake Carlson, Dartmouth (Sr., The Woodlands, Texas)
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 – Brian McAfee, Cornell (Fr., Bothell, Wash.)
P – Pat Ludwig, Yale (Sr., Okemos, Mich.)
P – Mike Ford, Princeton (So., Belle Mead, N.J.)
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 – Vince Voiro, Penn (Sr., Cherry Hill, N.J.)
P – Matt Bowman, Princeton (Jr., Chevy Chase, Md.)
P – Rick Marks, Cornell (Sr., Big Flats, N.Y.)
P – Stefan Olson, Columbia (Jr., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
P – Mitch Horacek, Dartmouth (So., Highlands Ranch, Colo.)
P – Nolan Becker, Yale (Jr., New York)
P – Adam Frank, Dartmouth (Fr., Gilbert, Ariz.)
C – Austin Bossart, Penn (Fr., O'Fallon, Ill.)
1B – Frank Hager, Cornell (Sr., Berkeley Heights, N.J.)
1B – Kevin Fortunato, Yale (So., Wall, N.J.)
2B – Brenton Peters, Cornell (Jr., Leesburg, Va.)
3B – Ben Swinford, Cornell (So., Lake Oswego, Ore.)
3B – Kyle Larrow, Harvard (Jr., Carver, Mass.)
SS – Matt Bowman, Princeton (Jr., Chevy Chase, Md.)
OF – Jeff Keller, Dartmouth (So., Atherton, Calif.)
OF – Nick Ferraresi, Columbia (Jr., Wellington, Fla.)
OF – Will Marcal, Brown (Fr., Lexington, Mass.)
OF – Stephen Harrington, Princeton (Jr.. Philadelphia)
UTL – Kevin Tatum, Cornell (Fr., Woodbridge, Va.)

*-Unanimous selection


Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity