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Sarah Onorato. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Onorato Named Most Valuable Player

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Four players received awards at the annual team brunch held on Sunday in the varsity room of the Ray Tompkins House.

Not surprisingly, sophomore Sarah Onorato was named the team's most valuable player. Onorato had one of the most remarkable seasons in school history. She set Yale single-season school records in hits (64), doubles (19), home runs (14) and batting average (.430). In addition, her 37 runs scored tied for the second most in a season all-time. She leads the Ivy League in each of those categories as well as slugging percentage and on base percentage.

Onorato, who started all but one game behind the plate, began the week fourth in the nation in doubles per game (0.41), 13th in slugging percentage (.864) and 23rd in batting average (.435).

The Barbara Chou Leadership Award was presented to senior Christy Nelson, who served as the team captain in each of the last two years. Nelson, the fifth two-year captain in school history, will graduate as Yale's all-time leader with 20 home runs. In addition, her 92 RBI are the second most and her 33 doubles are tied for the fourth most. Nelson started 46 games this year and was second on the team in average (.266), hits (37), runs (27) and RBI (26).

Sophomore Riley Hughes was the recipient of the Most Improved Player Award. She raised her batting average by 45 points from her rookie season. In addition, she had four doubles and knocked in six runs in 20 Ivy games.

The Andy Van Etten Coaches Award was presented to junior Alex Lucas for the second consecutive year. The award is bestowed upon the player who represents the ideals of Yale Softball that go beyond statistics. She is only the third two-time winner of the award in school history.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity