Hickey, Lawson, Hanson Also Earn All-Ivy Recognition
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — The Yale University baseball team placed four players on the All-Ivy League Team, and senior captain Chris Piwinski (Folsom, Calif./Jesuit) was named to the All-Ivy League First Team, the League announced on Thursday.
In a vote of the Ivy League's head coaches, junior starting pitcher David Hickey (Darien, Conn./Darien) and freshman third baseman Brent Lawson (Newport Beach, Calif./Corona Del Mar) were named to the All-Ivy League Second Team, while junior shortstop/relief pitcher Cale Hanson (Katy, Texas/Katy/Loomis Chaffee) was an All-Ivy League Honorable Mention selection.
Piwinski, Yale's captain and primary catcher in 2013, appeared in 36 games with 34 starts behind the plate. He hit .262 overall with 27 hits in 103 at-bats, including two doubles, nine RBIs and eight runs scored. However, he excelled in Ivy League play, batting .339 (20-for-59) with six runs, a double and three RBIs, while recording a .992 fielding percentage behind the plate. That performance against Ivy League competition helped Piwinski earn his first career All-Ivy accolade.
"This is a well-deserved honor for Chris," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "He was a force on defense beyond his throwing arm. He handled the pitching staff extremely well and really stepped up offensively this year."
Hickey also earned his first All-Ivy honor after posting a 4-2 overall record with a 2.15 earned run average with a team-best 35 strikeouts. He also lifted was at his best against Ivy League competition. He was 3-0 against Ivy opponents with a 0.00 ERA with two shutouts, three complete games and one save. Of his 35 strikeouts this season, 30 came against Ivy League hitters.
"If you would have seen David's first two starts, you would not have thought that this award would have been possible," Stuper said. "He persevered and turned in a brilliant season. Not giving up an earned run in League play is a remarkable achievement. I look forward to him being with us for another year."
Lawson appeared in 37 games with 35 starts, including 30 at third base, in his rookie season at Yale. Among the team's regular starters, Lawson was second in hitting (.281, 36-for-128), slugging (.336) and total hits (36), with a team-high seven doubles. He also had 13 RBIs and 17 runs scored. Against Ivy League competition, Lawson led the Bulldogs with a .361 batting average (26-for-72), with four doubles and 11 of his 13 RBIs.
"Brent is one of the great young players in our league," Stuper said. "He was playing a new position (3B) and he just got better and better. He got better and better at the plate as well. Hitting .361 in Ivy League play speaks for itself."
Hanson, Yale's captain next season, was the Bulldogs' starting shortstop in each of his first two seasons, but an injury limited his role this season and he spent most of the time in the bullpen as one of the team's top relievers. Overall, he was 1-2 in 12 appearances this season with two saves and a 3.79 ERA. In Ivy League play, Hanson was 1-1 with one save and a 2.25 ERA, picking up 11 of his 16 strikeouts.
"Cale had a tough year," Stuper said. "I felt going into the season that he was simply the best player in our league. He broke his wrist and could not hit or play the field. He was disappointed to be sure, but he concentrated all his efforts on helping us on the mound. He was sometimes dominant and always dependable. He will go back to the field next year, but his pitching days are certainly not over."
It is the second straight season that Hanson was honored by the Ivy League. He was an All-Ivy League Second Team selection last season.
Player/Pitcher of the Year
Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)
Rookie of the Year
Joe Purritano, Dartmouth (Fr., DH – Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)
First-Team All-Ivy ^
P – Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)*
P – Michael Johnson, Dartmouth (Sr. – Georgetown, Mass.)
P – David Speer, Columbia (Jr. – Westport, Conn.)*
RP – Thomas Olson, Dartmouth (So. – Manhattan, Kan.)
C – Matt MacDowell, Dartmouth (So. – Falmouth, Maine)
C – Chris Piwinski, Yale (Sr. – Folsom, Calif.)
1B – Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)*
2B – Matt Parisi, Dartmouth (So. – Clermont, Fla.)
SS – Aaron Silbar, Columbia (Jr. – Jacksonville, Fla.)*
3B – Nick Lombardi, Dartmouth (So. – Saugus, Calif.)
OF – Ennis Coble, Dartmouth (Sr. – Atlanta)
OF – Ryan Deitrich, Penn (Sr. – Collegeville, Pa.)
OF – Jeff Keller, Dartmouth (Jr. – Atherton, Calif.)*
OF – Alec Keller, Princeton (Jr. – Richmond, Va.)*
OF – Jordan Serena, Columbia (So. – Parker, Colo.)
UT – Rick Brebner, Penn (Jr. – Langhorne, Pa.)*
DH – Joe Purritano, Dartmouth (Fr. – Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)*
P – Joey Donino, Columbia (Jr. – Avon, Conn.)
P – David Hickey, Yale (Jr. – Darien, Conn.)
P – Kyle Hunter, Dartmouth (Sr. – Palm City, Fla.)
RP – Michael Byrne, Cornell (Fr. – Vienna, Va.)
C – Mike Fischer, Columbia (Jr. – Scotia, N.Y.)
1B – Alex Black, Columbia (Sr. – The Woodlands, Texas)
2B – Tanner Anderson, Harvard (So. – Tampa, Fla.)
SS – Mike Martin, Harvard (So. – Buffalo Grove, Ill.)
3B – Brent Lawson, Yale (Fr. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
OF – Brandon Kregel, Harvard (So. – Lilburn, Ga.)
OF – Will Marcal, Brown (So. – Lexington, Mass.)
OF – JD Whetsel, Cornell (So. – Liberty Twp., Ohio)
DH – Joey Falcone, Columbia (So. – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
All-Ivy Honorable Mention
P – Tim Giel, Columbia (Sr. – Gibsonia, Pa.)
P – Zak Hermans, Princeton (Sr. – Coppell, Texas)
P – Zach McCulley, Cornell (Jr. – Pensacola, Fla.)
P – Cole Sulser, Dartmouth (Sr. – Santa Ysabel, Calif.)
RP – John Beasley, Penn (Sr. – Virginia Beach, Va.)
RP – Cale Hanson, Yale (Jr. – Katy, Texas)
RP – Kevin Roy, Columbia (Fr. – Houston)
C – Austin Bossart, Penn (So. – O'Fallon, Ill.)
2B – Brenton Peters, Cornell (Sr. – Leesburg, Va.)
SS – Tom D'Alessandro, Cornell (Jr. – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
3B – Alex Flink, Princeton (Sr. – Dallas)
DH – Kevin Tatum, Cornell (So. – Woodbridge, Va.)
* Unanimous Selection
^ The first team was expanded due to ties in the voting