HANOVER, N.H. – Sophomore Morgan McCalmon was named the 2014 Ivy League Softball Player of the Year, joining junior Kristen Rumley who was tabbed Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon.
Both McCalmon and Rumley were also selected to the All-Ivy First-Team along with sophomore shortstop Katie McEachern. Rumley and McEachern were chosen as unanimous decisions at their respective positions. McCalmon’s first-team selection was at the designated player position. She then picked up All-Ivy Second-Team recognition as a pitcher. Senior Kara Curosh was the fourth Big Green member voted to an All-Ivy team.
Entering the NCAA Tournament this weekend, McCalmon leads the League in batting, hitting at a .389 clip. In 20 league games this season, McCalmon hit .456, going 31-for-56 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. She hit safely in 18 of 20 Ivy League games during the regular season. The Norman, Oklahoma, native had the longest hitting streak in the Ancient Eight this season at 17 straight games, which ranks as the fifth-longest in league history. In total this season, McCalmon hit six home runs with 27 RBI. She hit a pair of homers on April 5 against Penn and drove home six runs.
McCalmon is the first Dartmouth player to win Player of the Year since the award was established in 1985. In addition, McCalmon was an effective pitcher for the Big Green, going 9-1 in League play with a 1.51 ERA.
Rumley became the third straight player to earn consecutive Pitcher of the Year awards and the fifth in League history. She went 18-7 overall in the circle with a 1.86 ERA and a league-high 193 strikeouts. Inside the League, Rumley was 9-1 with four saves and a 1.15 ERA. In her 34 appearances this season, she recorded six or more strikeouts in 20 of them. She has 529 strikeouts in her career, already ranking seventh-best in Ivy League history.
Rumley become the third-straight player to win Pitcher of the Year in back-to-back years (Cornell's Elizabeth Dalrymple and Harvard's Rachel Brown) and fifth player to do it in back-to-back seasons all-time. No one has ever won the award three times since it was established in 1994.
McEachern, the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year in 2013, is second in the League in RBIs with 30. She hit .344 overall this season, including .412 in League play. In a league-high 173 plate appearances, McEachern struck out just 14 times. The San Diego native made 48 starts on the season and added a team-best eight home runs. McEachern also set the single-season record with 15 doubles and is the squad’s leader in slugging percentage (.618), hits (54) and RBI (30).
Curosh played a vital role this season at second base, as the Munster, Indiana, native tied for the fewest errors among starting infielders. A co-captain this season, she hit .276 with two home runs and 18 RBI. In the decisive game of the Ivy League Championship, Curosh hit a two-run home run en route to a 7-3 win over the Penn Quakers. Curosh is second on the team in walks with 15 and third in runs (25).
McCalmon, Rumley, McEachern, Curosh and the rest of the Big Green will be in action on Friday when they meet ninth-seed Arizona State in the opening match of the Tempe Regional in the NCAA Tournament. This is the first appearance for the Big Green on the national stage. The game will broadcast live on ESPNU at 3 p.m. PT/ 6 p.m. ET.
2014 Softball All-Ivy
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.)
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 Jct., N.J.)
Tori Balta, Yale (Sr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Christina Andrews, Brown (Fr., Utility - Southlake, Texas)
Alexis Sargent, Penn (DP, Fr. - Alexandria, Va.)
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.
There are two shortstops on the second team due to a tie in the voting.