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Ong Named First Team All-Ivy; Three Other Bulldogs Honored

Jennifer Ong. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Jennifer Ong. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Nelson Earns Second Team Recognition; Johnson, Balta Honorable Mention Selections

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There weren't too many more consistent players in the Ivy League this year than Yale's Jennifer Ong. Ong, who led the Bulldogs in batting (.351) and hits (54), had at least one hit in all but eight games this spring and never went more than two games in a row without a hit. On Thursday, she was rewarded for her outstanding season by earning first-team All-Ivy recognition at second base.

Ong, a junior, was one of four Yale players honored. Christy Nelson, who batted .375 in 20 Ivy games, was named to the second team at third base, while shortstop Meg Johnson and centerfielder Tori Balta earned honorable mention recognition.

Ong, who started all 46 games, finished second in the league in hits, fifth in average and sixth in on base percentage (.409). She ended the season with a 14-game hitting streak. In three years, she has 28 doubles, which is the fifth most in school history.

Nelson, a junior, was outstanding during the league season. She started all 20 games, had five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 12 RBI. Overall in 46 games, she batted .314 and led the team in home runs (4), doubles (12) and RBI (22). Her 12 doubles tied for third in the league, and she was sixth in slugging percentage (.514) and total bases (72). She'll begin her senior season with 14 career home runs, three shy of the all-time school record.

Johnson, who batted .390 in 20 Ivy games, has the misfortune of playing one of the deepest positions in the league. Co-Players of the Year – Jane Alexander of Harvard and Brown's Stephanie Thompson – are both shortstops. Nevertheless, Johnson enjoyed an outstanding senior season. She started all 46 games, led the team with 13 stolen bases and was second in batting average (.343) and hits (49). 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.

Balta, a sophomore, started 43 games in centerfield and tied for 10th in the league with 24 runs scored. In addition, her seven RBI in league games were the third most on the team. Overall, she started 43 games, had seven doubles, one home run and 14 RBI.

Co-Players of the Year
Jane Alexander, Harvard (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Jr., Chino, Calif.)

Pitcher of the Year
Rachel Brown, Harvard (Sr., San Diego)*

Rookie of the Year
Alexis Borden, Penn (Fr., Yorba Linda, Calif.)

First Team All-Ivy
P – Rachel Brown, Harvard (Sr., San Diego)*
P – Alexis Borden, Penn (Fr., Yorba Linda, Calif.)*
C – Kristen Towne, Cornell (Jr., Brecksville, Ohio)
1B – Kate Strobel, Brown (Sr., Denver)
2B – Jennifer Ong, Yale (Jr., Pleasanton, Calif.)
3B – Kasey Lange, Harvard (So., Ladera Ranch, Calif.)*
SS – Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Jr., Chino, Calif.)
OF – Ashley Heritage, Harvard (Jr., College Station, Texas)
OF – Lauren Bucolo, Cornell (So., Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF – Brooke Coloma, Penn (Jr., Martinez, Calif.)
U – Elysse Gorney, Penn (So., Orlando, Fla.)
DP – Tristin Moone, Columbia (So., Waterflow, N.M.)

Second Team (13)^
P – Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (So., Slidell, La.)
P – Alyson Onyon, Cornell (So., Saratoga Springs, N.Y.)
C - Allison Scott, Harvard (So., Alpine, Calif.)
1B - Whitney Shaw, Harvard (Sr., San Francisco)
2B – Jenny Edwards, Cornell (Morton Grove, Ill.)
2B – Samantha Erosa, Penn (Jr., Bronx, N.Y.)
3B – Christy Nelson, Yale (Jr., San Diego)
SS - Jane Alexander, Harvard (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
OF – Shelbi Olson, Harvard (So., Lenexa, Kan.)
OF – Stephanie Regan, Harvard (Jr., Humble, Texas)
OF – Sydney Turchin, Penn (Fr., Princeton Junction, N.J.)
U – Karina Rios, Penn (Fr., Cooper City, Fla.)
DP – Adrienne Hume, Harvard (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Honorable Mention (12)
P - Alex Peyton, Princeton (Jr., Fullerton, Calif.)
P – Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Fr., Katy, Texas)
C – Liz Caggiano, Columbia (Fr., Bellaire, Texas)
1B – Kat Hicks, Dartmouth (Sr., Templeton, Calif.)
2B – Katherine Lantz, Harvard (Fr., Parkland, Fla.)
3B – Kayla Dahlerbruch, Penn (So., West Hills, Calif.)
SS – Meg Johnson, Yale (Sr., New Milford, Conn.)
OF - Tori Balta, Yale (So., Valencia, Calif.)
OF – Jessica Melendez, Penn (Jr., Miami)
OF – Kayla Shimoda, Columbia (Fr., Aiea, Hawai'i)
OF – Avery Silverstein, Brown (Jr., Woodbridge, Conn.)
DP – Cara Worden, Princeton (Fr., Santa Ana, Calif.)

* - denotes unanimous selection
^ - team expanded to 13 due to a tie in voting

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity