Zavolas Named Pitcher of the Year, Six Others Earn All-Ivy Accolades

Zavolas Named Pitcher of the Year, Six Others Earn All-Ivy Accolades

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard baseball senior Noah Zavolas has been named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, as announced by the conference today. In addition, Ben Skinner, Patrick Robinson, Simon Rosenblum-Larson, Matt Rothenberg, Jake Suddleson and Hunter Bigge also earned All-Ivy honors. Harvard's seven honorees is the most for the program since 2005. In total, the Crimson collected nine separate awards, more than any other school and also led the conference in first and second team selections. Harvard's three first team selections are the most since 2006 and its four second team selections are the most since 1999.

Senior right-handed pitcher Noah Zavolas double-dipped on postseason awards. Zavolas was voted the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and was also one of three unanimous selections to the first team. The Acton, Mass. native is the ninth Pitcher of the Year selection in program history and first since 2006. Zavolas led the conference from the mound totaling 53 strikeouts in Ivy League action. The hurler ranked second in the league, going 5-0, and held opposing Ivy batters to a .219 batting average. Through seven conference games, Zavolas registered a 2.20 ERA and allowed just 11 earned runs through 45 innings pitched.

Ben Skinner earned his first career All-Ivy nod, landing himself on the first team after posting a top-10 batting average (.341) through 21 games. The junior racked up 31 hits, including nine doubles, good for second in the league. Skinner also led league play with 10 stolen bases while tagging 40 total in conference action.

Patrick Robinson collected his second consecutive first team honor after leading all Ivy players with a .390 batting average in 20 conference games. The junior ranked in the top-10 in numerous categories, leading the league with 22 runs scored, ranking second with 21 RBI and third with 31 hits. Robinson led the team with a .564 slugging percentage in Ivy action, bolstered by a team high three home runs.

Simon Rosenblum-Larson landed his first career All-Ivy postseason recognition, securing a spot on the second team after a breakout season as one of Harvard's starting pitchers. The junior ranked second on the team and third in the conference with 47 strikeouts in Ivy League action while holding opposing Ivy batters to a .225 average in seven appearances. The right-handed hurler threw 37 innings, allowing just 12 earned runs for a 2.92 ERA in conference play. 

Matt Rothenberg capped off a successful senior season with a Second Team All-Ivy nod. The recognition is the second of Rothenberg's career after earning honorable mention following the conclusion of his sophomore season. In Ivy League play, Rothenberg posted a .320 batting average on 24 hits, including four for extra bases. The Boca Raton, Fla. native totaled 14 RBI and ran 32 total bases with appearances in all 21 conference games.

Jake Suddleson also takes home Second Team All-Ivy honors, having registered a .286 batting average in conference play, along with a team-high 11 extra base hits. His three home runs against Ivy opponents tied for the team-lead and he raked in 14 RBI while scoring 16 of his own.

Hunter Bigge rounded out the award winners for the Crimson, earning a spot on both the Second Team and Honorable Mention lists. Bigge was the only non-major honoree to earn multiple awards, landing second team for his performance as a utility player and honorable mention for his play at third base. Bigge ranked second in the league with 19 runs scored and second on the Harvard roster with 27 hits. His .321 batting average was good for third on the team and his 17 RBI were second most among Harvard players. On the pitching mound, the sophomore appeared in five games, throwing 17 total innings. In his time on the hill, Bigge registered a 3.71 ERA, earned a 2-1 record along with a save, and tossed 22 total batters while allowing just seven earned runs and holding batters to a .257 average.

The Crimson finished the 2018 season 22-20 overall and 12-9 in the Ivy League. Harvard's overall record is the first 20-plus win season under head coach Bill Decker and marks the most overall wins since the 2005 season. Harvard's Ivy League record was also the best finish under Decker and the most Ivy wins since 2007. 

Dustin Shirley, Dartmouth (Sr., OF – Los Angeles, Calif.) 

Noah Zavolas, Harvard (Sr., SP – Acton, Mass.) 

Eduardo Malinowski, Penn (Fr., UT – Spring, Texas) 

Brett Boretti, Columbia 

*Noah Zavolas, Harvard (Sr., SP – Acton, Mass.)
*Eric Brodkowitz, Yale (Sr., SP – Potomac, Md.)
Scott Politz, Yale (Jr., SP – Austin, Texas)
Benny Wanger, Yale (Jr., RP – Newton, Mass.)
Ellis Bitar, Cornell (Sr., C – Katy, Texas)
Chandler Bengtson, Columbia (Jr., 1B – Fresno, Calif.)
Ryan Krainz, Cornell (Sr., 2B – Naperville, Ill.)
Joe Engel, Columbia (Jr., SS – Downers Grove, Ill.)
Matt McGeagh, Penn (Jr., 3B – Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Dustin Shirley, Dartmouth (Sr., OF – Los Angeles, Calif.)
Ben Skinner, Harvard (Jr., OF – Moraga, Calif.)
*Jesper Horsted, Princeton (Jr., OF – Roseville, Minn.)
Eduardo Malinowski, Penn (Fr., UT – Spring, Texas)
Patrick Robinson, Harvard (Jr., DH – Melbourne, Fla.) 

Jack Fossand, Dartmouth (Sr., SP – Woodbury, Minn.)
Simon Rosenblum-Larson, Harvard (Jr., SP – Madison, Wis.)
Ben Gross, Princeton (Sr., SP – Cranbury, N.J.)
Austen Michel, Dartmouth (So., RP – South Hamilton, Mass.)
Parke Phillips, Brown (So., C – Venice, Fla.)
Sean Phelan, Penn (Jr., 1B – Devon, Pa.)
Benny Wanger, Yale (Jr., 1B – Newton, Mass.)
Matt Rothenberg, Harvard (Sr., 2B – Boca Raton, Fla.)
Simon Whiteman, Yale (Jr., SS – Trumbull, Conn.)
Will Simoneit, Cornell (Jr., 3B – Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
Ben Porter, Columbia (Jr., OF – Newton, Mass.)
Jake Suddleson, Harvard (So., OF – Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Peter Matt, Penn (So., OF – Larchmont, N.Y.)
Hunter Bigge, Harvard (So., UT – Los Gatos, Calif.)
Liam McGill, Columbia (So., DH – Wakefield, R.I.) 

Will Tomlinson, Brown (So., SP – Irvine, Calif.)
Harrisen Egly, Columbia (Sr., SP  - Edina, Minn.)
Cole O'Connor, Dartmouth (Jr., SP – Bedford, Mass.)
Lane Robinette, Columbia (Sr., C – Sunnyvale, Calif.)
Trey Baur, Cornell (Sr., 1B – St. Louis, Mo.)
Randell Kanemaru, Columbia (Sr., 2B – Santa Ana, Calif.)
Nate Ostmo, Dartmouth (Jr., SS – Portland, Ore.)
Hunter Bigge, Harvard (So., 3B – Los Gatos, Calif.)
Matt Feinstein, Dartmouth (Jr., OF – Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Teddy Hague, Yale (Fr., OF – Woodbridge, Conn.)
Dale Wickham, Cornell (Sr., DH – Victor, N.Y.) 

* Unanimous Selection
^ Second Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting