Ong, Nelson Earn Preseason Honors From CollegeSportsMadness

Ong, Nelson Earn Preseason Honors From CollegeSportsMadness

Ong Named To First Team, Nelson Selected To Second Team

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A pair of Yale softball players have earned preseason All-Ivy honors from Senior second baseman Jennifer Ong was named to the first team, while senior third baseman Christy Nelson was selected to the second team.

Ong is coming off an outstanding season for the Bulldogs in which she earned NFCA first team All-Northeast Region honors and was a first team All-Ivy selection. She finished third in the Ivy League in hits (54), fifth in batting average (.351), sixth in on base percentage (.409) and fifth in total plate appearances (171). Her 54 hits tied for the ninth most in a season in school history, and she had at least one hit in all but eight games. She ended the season with a 14-game hitting streak and was the 42nd toughest hitter to strike out (8 in 171 plate appearance) in the nation. Ong will begin her senior season fifth in school history with 28 career doubles.

Nelson has 29 career doubles, and her 14 career home runs are only three shy of the school record. Last year, she earned second team All-Ivy recognition after tying for third in the league with 12 doubles, finishing sixth with 72 total bases and a .514 slugging percentage and 10th with a .314 batting average. In addition, she led the team with 22 RBI.  In 20 Ivy games, Nelson had five doubles, two triples, three home runs and 12 RBI.

The Bulldogs, who are still three weeks away from the first official day of practice, kick off the 2013 season with a doubleheader at Central Connecticut on Mar. 5.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity