May 14, 2009

Lauren Huddleston Named First Team All-Ivy

May 14, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -Yale enjoyed its most successful Ivy League season since 2003, so it isn't surprising that a number of players have been rewarded with All-Ivy recognition. Lauren Huddleston, who led Yale with a .405 average, the fourth best in a season in school history, was named a first team outfielder. Pitcher Deanna DiBernardi, outfielder Ashley Sloan and designated player Katie Edwards were second team selections, while pitcher Rebecca Wojciak and first baseman Megan Enyeart earned honorable mention recognition.

Huddleston, a junior from Brentwood, Tenn., began the season with a 12-game hitting streak and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Mar. 17. She finished with a team best 14 multiple hit games and was second on the team in hits (45), runs (27) and stolen bases (9). Her .405 average was second in the Ivy League. Huddleston earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition as a sophomore.

DiBernardi, a senior from Newtown Square, Pa., led the Yale pitching staff in ERA (2.05), wins (10) and opponent batting average (.225). In the final weekend of the season, she tossed a no-hitter against Brown, Yale's first since 1994. The next day, she beat the Bears again to earn Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors. In Ivy League play, DiBernardi finished with a 6-3 record and a 1.73 ERA.

Sloan, a junior from Elk Grove Village, Ill., led Yale in hits (46), runs scored (31) and stolen bases (12). Her 31 runs tied for the ninth most in a season in school history. Sloan, who has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of her first three years, will enter her senior season needing 42 hits to become Yale's all-time leader.

Edwards, a senior from Morton Grove, Ill., tied for the team lead in home runs (3) and was second in RBI (23) and doubles (7). She batted .336 and had a .491 slugging percentage. Edwards, who earned All-Ivy recognition for the third time, finished her career tied for the Yale all-time home run record (17) and third in RBI (89).

Wojciak, a senior from Westminster, Mass., earned All-Ivy honors for the third time as well. She posted career highs in strikeouts (101) and innings pitched (127) in 2009. In her four years, she had 280 strikeouts, the second most in school history, and won 31 games, which tied for the fourth most.

Enyeart, a senior from Goleta, Calif., led the Bulldogs in RBI (30), doubles (11) and slugging percentage (.500) and shared the team lead in home runs (3). Half of her RBI (15) came in Ivy play. Her 40 career doubles are a school record, and she finished second all-time at Yale with 90 RBI. She was a first team All-Ivy selection as a freshman.

The Bulldogs had a 22-22 overall record, their fourth straight season with at least 20 wins, and were 11-9 in Ivy play.

Softball All-Ivy - 2009

Player of the Year: Alyson Intihar, Cornell*
Pitcher of the Year: Elizabeth Dalrymple, Cornell*
Rookie of the Year: Rachel Brown, P, Harvard

First Team
Pitcher: Elizabeth Dalrymple, Cornell*
Pitcher: Rachel Brown, Harvard
Catcher: Alisha Prystowsky, Penn*
First Base: Ashley Garvey, Cornell
Second Base: Collette Abbott, Princeton
Third Base: Elise Menaker, Cornell
Shortstop: Alyson Intihar, Cornell*
Outfield: Jessy Berkey, Cornell
Outfield: Jennifer Francis, Harvard
Outfield: Lauren Huddleston, Yale
Designated Player: Molly Khalil, Dartmouth
Utility: Kelsey Wolfe, Penn
* unanimous selection

Second Team
Pitcher: Jess Lupardus, Penn
Pitcher: Deanna DiBernardi, Yale
Catcher: Leigha Clarkson, Dartmouth
First Base: Alyssa Parker, Dartmouth
Second Base: Kirsten Costello, Dartmouth
Third Base: Ashley Gleason, Dartmouth
Shortstop: Jamie Boccanfuso, Penn
Outfield: Nikki Yee, Dartmouth
Outfield: Emily Henderson, Harvard
Outfield: Keiko Uraguchi, Penn
Outfield: Ashley Sloan, Yale
Designated Player:
Katie Edwards, Yale
Utility:
Jamie Lettire, Princeton

Honorable Mention
Pitcher:
Ali Tomlinson, Cornell
Pitcher:
Rebecca Wojciak, Yale
Catcher:
Vanessa Leonhard, Cornell
Catcher:
Hayley Bock, Harvard
First Base:
Kelsey Wilson, Brown
First Base:
Danielle Pineda, Columbia
First Base: Megan Enyeart, Yale
Second Base: Ellen Macadam, Harvard
Third Base: Melissa Schellberg, Harvard
Shortstop: Kathryn Welch, Princeton
Outfield: Jackie Ecker, Columbia
Outfield: Sarah Patrick, Penn
Outfield: Kelsey Quist, Princeton
Designated Player: Maggie Johnson, Columbia
Designated Player: Meg Krasne, Penn
Utility: Jackie Gionvanniello, Brown
Utility: Kate Strobel, Brown

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity