Baseball All-Ivy Announced: Roth Named Rookie of the Year

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League announced its 2007 All-Ivy baseball selections on Thursday, and Penn freshman Todd Roth was named Rookie of the Year and first-team. Senior Joey Boaen and junior Jarron Smith earned second-team outfield, while freshman pitcher Jim Birmingham and junior first basemen Kyle Armeny received honorable mention.

Roth becomes the first Penn player to be named Rookie of the Year in the award’s 14-year history. He went a perfect 5-0 with a 2.61 ERA in 38 innings. The freshman right-hander led the Ancient Eight in league wins and tied with Pitcher of the Year Jeff Dietz for the lead in complete games with five. Each of Roth’s five League starts resulted in a complete game, including a near no-hitter and shutout of Columbia on March 24. Roth is the first Penn player to be selected first-team since Jon Slaughter and Nate Moffie in 2004.

Boaen came on strong down the stretch for the Quakers and was one of the team’s most consistent hitters. He batted .329 in Ivy League games (25-for-76), nearly 30 points higher than his season average. The senior also knocked in 17 runs, putting him among the league leaders, and three of his four homers on the season came in League play.

Smith got hot as Ivy League play started and never cooled off. He hit .353 (24-for-68) in 20 Ivy League games and was among the league leaders in a number of offensive categories. He tied for the league lead with 15 walks, and was fourth in runs scored (21) and fifth in slugging percentage (.488). Defensively, Smith played a perfect right field where he had a 1.000 fielding percentage and two assists.

Armeny was a force in the middle of the Penn lineup, batting .342 (25-for-73) with four home runs and 20 RBI in 20 League games. He tied for the league lead in doubles (9), tied for third in homers (4) and walks (13), was fifth in runs scored (20) and total bases (46), and placed sixth in RBI (20) and slugging percentage (.630).

Birmingham, like Roth, went undefeated in the Ivy League; he went 4-0 with a 3.15 ERA and 40 innings pitched in six Ivy League starts. Birmingham held opponents to just a .193 batting average (second-best). He tossed one complete game, and came within two outs of hurling another versus Princeton on April 21.

2007 All-Ivy Baseball

* - Unanimous Selection

Player of the Year: Devin Thomas, Brown*

Pitcher of the Year: Jeff Dietz, Brown

Rookie of the Year: Todd Roth, Penn

First Team

P - Jeff Dietz, Brown, (Jr., Altamonte Springs, Fla.)

P - Todd Roth, Penn, (Fr., Lanoka Harbor, N.J.)

RP - Blake Hamilton, Cornell, (Sr., San Antonio, Texas)

C - *Devin Thomas, Brown, (Sr., Gainesville, Fla.)

1B - Marc Sawyer, Yale, (Sr., Largo, Fla.)

2B - Bryan Tews, Brown, (Jr., Park Ridge, Ill.)

SS - Matt Nuzzo, Brown (Soph., Everett, Mass.)

3B - Sal Iacono, Princeton, (Sr., Staten Island, N.Y.)

OF - Ryan Murphy, Brown, (Jr., Mantoloking, N.J.)

OF - Nick Santomauro, Dartmouth, (Fr., North Caldwell, N.J.)

OF - *Matt Vance, Harvard (Jr., Solana Beach, Calif.)

UT - *Ryan Lavarnway, Yale, (Soph., Woodland Hills, Calif.)

DH - *Justin Milo, Cornell, (Fr., Eden Prairie, Minn.)

Second Team

P - John Baumann, Columbia, (Jr., Westport, Conn.)

P - Max Perlman, Harvard, (Fr., Longwood, Fla.)

RP - Rob Hallberg, Brown, (Jr., River Edge, N.J.)

C - Andrew Casey Harvard, (Sr., Virginia Beach, Va,)

1B - Jeff Dietz, Brown, (Jr., Altamonte Springs, Fla.)

2B - Jimmy Heinz Cornell, (Jr,, Winnetka, Ill.)

3B - Nathan Ford, Cornell, (Soph., Palo Alto, Calif.)

SS - Scott Hardinger Cornell, (Soph., Lynden, Wash.); Dan DeGeorge,

Princeton, (Soph., Flemington, N.J.)

OF - Damon Wright, Dartmouth, (Jr., Dallas, Texas)

OF - Joey Boaen, Penn, (Sr., Savannah, Ga.)

OF - Jarron Smith, Penn, (Jr., Carrollton, Texas)

DH - Adrian Turnham, Princeton, (Soph., Houston, Texas)

Honorable Mention

SP - Jim Birmingham, Penn, (Fr,, Pine Hill, N.J.)

RP - Clay Bartlett, Columbia, (Fr., Washington, D.C.); Kyle Zeis,

Dartmouth, (Jr., Solana Beach, Calif.)

C - Jack Murphy, Princeton, (Fr., Lakeland, Fla.)

1B - Ron Williams, Columbia, (Soph., Fairfield, Conn.); Kyle Armeny,

Penn, (Jr., Florham Park, N.J.)

2B - Brendan Byrne, Harvard, (Sr., Milton, Mass.); Aaron Prince,

Princeton, (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio)

3B - Steffan Wilson, Harvard, (Jr., State College, Pa.)

SS - Jeff Stoeckel, Harvard, (Jr., Vero Beach, Fla.)

OF -Andrew Ward, Columbia, (Sr., Limington, Maine); Domenic DiRicco,

Cornell, (Soph., Portola Valley, Calif.); Tom Stack-Babich, Harvard,

(Jr., Scituate, Mass.); Spencer Lucian, Princeton, (Jr., Portola

Valley, Calif.); Josh Cox, Yale, (Jr., Gainesville. Fla.)