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Six Bulldogs Named All-Ivy; Nambiar and Stiegler Named to First Team

Griffin Dey, Jake Gehri, Mason LaPlante, Kumar Nambiar, Alex Stiegler and Simon Whiteman. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Griffin Dey, Jake Gehri, Mason LaPlante, Kumar Nambiar, Alex Stiegler and Simon Whiteman. (photos by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

The Yale baseball team had six student-athletes selected All-Ivy, including two starting pitchers -- senior Kumar Nambiar and junior Alex Stiegler -- named to the first team, the league office announced on Thursday afternoon.

Senior team captain Simon Whiteman and first-year Mason LaPlante were named to the second team.  Senior Griffin Dey and first-year Jake Gehri were awarded honorable mention status. 

Stiegler went 4-2 with a 2.24 ERA in seven Ivy League starts.  He struck out 46, second best in Ivy League play, and allowed 51 hits over 52 1/3 innings pitched.  

Nambiar was 3-0 with a 2.59 ERA in six conference starts, including complete-game, road shutouts in his final two starts of the season.  Conference opponents hit .205 against Nambiar over 41 2/3 innings.

"Pretty proud two of our three starting pitchers made first team," Yale head coach John Stuper said. "Both Alex and Kumar were so consistent. We pride ourselves on pitching and defense. But it begins with the guy on the mound. Well earned." 

The Bulldogs led the conference in team ERA (3.62) and fielding percentage (.983). 

Whiteman, the team's shortstop, led the Bulldogs in hits (63), runs (43) and stolen bases (34) for the season.  In Ivy League play, Whiteman hit .304 with 20 runs scored in 20 games with 28 hits and a .968 fielding percentage with three errors in 93 total chances.  Additionally, Whiteman finished his collegiate career second all-time at Yale in hits.  

"I wouldn't trade Simon for anyone in our league," Stuper added.  "For many reasons. He had a tremendous, consistent season. Thirty-four for 34 in stolen bases still amazes me."

LaPlante, the team's third baseman, hit .352 Ivy play with 14 runs scored and 10 RBI in 17 games with a team-high 14 stolen bases and only two errors at third.  For the entire season, hit .326 and was second on the team in stolen bases (28), third in runs (29) and tied for third with 46 hits.

"What an addition Mason was," Stuper said.  "Hit second all year behind a base stealer, which is one of the hardest things to do in baseball, especially for a freshman. Defensively at third: best in the league. No one close."  

Dey, the team's first baseman, led the team with a .362 batting average, 44 RBI and 11 home runs while playing in all 41 games. In conference play, Dey hit .324 with four homers, 14 RBI and a team-high 21 walks in 20 games. He finished his Yale career second all time with 29 home runs. 

"Griff was amazing," Stuper added.  "Moved up the career charts in home runs and runs batted in, while hitting .360. For a guy who doesn't rely on speed, that is a tremendous accomplishment." 

Gehri, who spent most time as the team's designated hitter, hit .309 in his rookie season with seven homers and 35 RBI.  In Ivy play, Gehri led the team with 21 RBI in 20 games and added four homers while tying for second in the conference with eight doubles.  

"Jake didn't have a whole lot of trouble making the transition to Division I baseball," Stuper said. "We stuck him in the five hole and just left him there. And he produced. That young man has quite a future."

The Bulldogs won seven of their final eight Ivy games and finished 12-8 in the conference with an 18-23 overall record.  

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^

* Christian Scafidi, Penn (Jr., SP – Blackwood, N.J.) 

Kumar Nambiar, Yale (Sr., SP – Larchmont, N.Y.) 

Alex Stiegler, Yale (Jr., SP – Dallas, Texas) 

* John Natoli, Cornell (Jr., RP – Fairfield, Conn.) 

* Matt O'Neill, Penn (Sr., C – Morristown, N.J.) 

Patrick McColl, Harvard (Sr., 1B – Los Altos, Calif.) 

Sean Sullivan, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B – Hopedale, Mass.)

Joe Engel, Columbia (Sr., SS – Downers Grove, Ill.) 

Josh Hood, Penn (Fr., SS – Richland, N.J.) 

* Steffen Torgersen, Dartmouth (Sr., 3B – Shoreline, Wash.) 

* Joe Lomuscio, Brown (So., OF – West Roxbury, Mass.)

* Jake Suddleson, Harvard (Jr., OF – Pacific Palisades, Calif.) 

Peter Matt, Penn (Jr., OF – Larchmont, N.Y.) 

Mark Sluys, Brown (Sr., UT – Gig Harbor, Wash.)

* Hunter Bigge, Harvard (Jr., DH – Los Gatos, Calif.) 

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY

Josh Simpson, Columbia (Sr., SP – Stafford, Conn.)

Hunter Bigge, Harvard (Jr., SP – Los Gatos, Calif.) 

Andrew Gnazzo, Princeton (Jr., SP – Farmington, Conn.) 

Dustin Baird, Brown (Jr., RP – Indianapolis, Ind.) 

Liam McGill, Columbia (Jr., C – Wakefield, R.I.)

Chandler Bengtson, Columbia (Sr., 1B – Fresno, Calif.) 

Chris Adams, Penn (Jr., 2B – Boalsburg, Pa.) 

Simon Whiteman, Yale (Sr., SS – Trumbull, Conn.) 

Mason LaPlante, Yale (Fr., 3B – Allen, Texas) 

Julian Bury, Columbia (So., OF – Mechanicsburg, Pa.) 

Matt Feinstein, Dartmouth (Sr., OF – Old Brookville, N.Y.) 

Ben Skinner, Harvard (Sr., OF – Moraga, Calif.) 

Craig Larsen, Penn (Fr., UT – Toms River, N.J.) 

Sean Phelan, Penn (Sr., DH – Devon, Pa.) 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY

Ben Wereski, Columbia (Jr., SP – Orchard Park, N.Y.) 

Max Hunter, Dartmouth (So., RP – St. Louis, Mo.) 

Will Simoneit, Cornell (Sr., C – Glen Ellyn, Ill.) 

Griffin Dey, Yale (Sr., 1B – Pound Ridge, N.Y.) 

Jack Chernow, Columbia (So., 2B – Chester, N.J.) 

Chad Minato, Harvard (Jr., SS – Huntington Beach, Calif.) 

Josh Nicoloff, Columbia (So., 3B – Ladera Ranch, Calif.) 

Ben Porter, Columbia (Sr., OF – Newton, Mass.) 

Eduardo Malinowski, Penn (So., OF – Spring, Texas)

David Harding, Princeton (Jr., UT – Severna Park, Md.) 

Jake Gehri, Yale (Fr., DH – Buckley, Wash.) 

* Unanimous Selection

^ First Team Expanded Due To Tie In Voting