Four Players Earn Awards At Postseason Banquet
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The leader of the Yale softball team will remain the same in 2013. Christy Nelson, who hit a team-best four home runs this spring, has been re-elected captain. The announcement was made following a team vote at Sunday's postseason banquet. Nelson becomes only the fifth two-year captain in Yale softball history and the first since Kristen Gengaro in 1999 and 2000.
"I am honored to be re-elected captain by my teammates," said Nelson, a San Diego, Calif., native. "It was great to have so much support this past season, and everyone on the team played such an important role. I am excited to see the team grow together next season and to push each other to be the best we can be."
This spring Nelson started all 46 games at third base and had a team-best 22 RBI and 12 doubles. She will begin her senior season with 14 career home runs, three shy of Shayna Filson's school record. In addition, Nelson has 29 career doubles, which is the fourth most all-time at Yale.
Four team awards also were presented at the banquet. Senior Meg Johnson was named Most Valuable Player. She started all 46 games at shortstop, led the team with 13 stolen bases and was second in batting average (.343) and hits (49). Johnson was even better in 20 Ivy League games when she hit .390 with three doubles, two triples and eight RBI. In her outstanding career, Johnson finished with 168 hits, the sixth most in school history, and 68 RBI, the ninth most all-time at Yale.
The Barbara Chou Leadership Award was presented to senior Chelsea Janes. Janes, a senior, had career highs in games played, hits and runs scored and did an outstanding job behind the plate in only her second season at the position.
Sophomore Kristen Leung received the Most Improved Player Award. Despite having major back surgery in the offseason, Leung returned and was second on the pitching staff in wins, ERA, innings and strikeouts.
The Andy Van Etten Coaches Award was given to sophomore Alex Lucas, who pitched in eight games for the Bulldogs. The award is bestowed upon the player who represents the ideals of Yale Softball that go beyond statistics.
The Bulldogs closed out the season last Saturday by sweeping a doubleheader from Brown. The team will begin its preparations for the 2013 season in September.
"Next season I hope to bring energy and dedication to Yale Softball that I know embodies my teammates," Nelson said. "We are ready to work harder than ever, and I can't wait for it to start again."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity