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2012 Ivy League Preview

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*2011 automatic qualifier. 2011 NCAA regional participants in bold (2011 records listed; 2012 national rankings in parentheses)


Conference Overall
*Princeton 15 5 23 24
Columbia 9 11 19 25
Pennsylvania 10 10 19 21
Cornell 7 13 10 30
Dartmouth 14 6 30 12
Yale 11 9 23 19
Brown 9 11 13 29
Harvard 5 15 9 36
Projected NCAA Teams (1): Princeton.
Conference Schedule: 20 games, begins March 31.
Conference Tournament:: Best of three series between division winners, May 23-26 at site of team with better conference record.
Player of the Year: Joe Sclafani, ss, Dartmouth.
Pitcher of the Year: Mike Ford, rhp, Princeton.

1. Matt Bowman, ss/rhp, Princeton
2. Sam Mulroy, c/of, Princeton
3. Brent Suter, lhp, Harvard
4. Michael Fagan, lhp, Princeton (2013)
5. Pat Lowery, rhp, Columbia


1. Blake Thomsen, ss/2b, Princeton (HS—Newport Beach, Calif.)
2. Ben Joseph, rhp, Yale (HS—Newberry, Fla.)
3. Tyler Servais, c/1b, Princeton (HS—Larkspur, Colo.)
4. Jordan Serena, ss, Columbia (HS—Parker, Colo.)
5. George Thanopoulos, rhp, Colombia (HS—Highland, Calif.)


Matt Bowman (Photo by Beverly Schaefer)
• Defending league champion Princeton is loaded with players with baseball connections. Cs Bobby and Brett Geren are the sons of Bob Geren, the former big league catcher and manager who's now a bench coach for the Mets. C/1B Tyler Servais is the son of another former major league catcher, Scott, who became an assistant general manager for the Angels this offseason. The most intriguing player for the 2012 draft is RHP/SS Matt Bowman, whose uncle Bob is the CEO of Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Bowman was the No. 8 prospect in the Cal Ripken League last summer and will again be the Tigers' No. 1 starter and shortstop. He's a better prospect as a pitcher, sitting 88-92, though it's unlikely he'll sign until after his senior season in 2013. Virtually every key player returns for the Tigers, including C Sam Mulroy (.320/.366/.534), who may be the best athlete in the league, so they'll be favorites to return to regionals.

• Dartmouth will be expected to face off against Princeton for the league title again, and again Sr. SS Joe Sclafani (.349/.414/.581) will be expected to lead the Big Green attack. Sclafani is a switch-hitter who plays with energy and gets the most out of his solid-average tools, and he also had a strong summer in the Coastal Plain League, ranking as the circuit's No. 8 prospect. He may move to second base as a pro. Jr. LHP Kyle Hunter (5-3, 3.77, 5 CG) returns at the front of the rotation.

• Columbia has enough talent to push Princeton, with RHP Pat Lowery looking for a return to form after a disappointing 1-5, 4.62 junior season. He was the Ivy League pitcher of the year in 2010 and got back on track with 40 solid innings in the Cape Cod League last summer. He also made adjustments in the fall, so the Lions expect him to be their No. 1 starter. He pitches from 88-92 mph with a slider and changeup. The best position player is Jr. OF Dario Pizzano (.359/.443/.654), who ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the New England Collegiate League after a spring season in which he hit nine home runs and made the all-Ivy League first team for the second time. He's a tough out who shows the ability to drive the ball to all fields.