PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania softball team dominated the yearly Ivy League honors on Thursday afternoon. Penn earned five first-team (Alexis Borden, Georgia Guttadauro, Stephanie Caso, Brooke Coloma, and Jessica Melendez), two second-team (Samantha Erosa and Sydney Turchin), and two honorable mention (Elysse Gorney and Lauren Li) All-Ivy awards – the most of any team in the Ancient Eight. In addition, Coloma added NFCA second-team Mid-Atlantic All-Region honors.
Borden earned her second consecutive unanimous first-team selection after dominating the Ivy League in her second season. The sophomore led the Quakers in every major pitching category and was in the top three in the Ivies as well. She was first in batters struck out looking (53), second in batters struck out (171) and wins (17), third in ERA (2.38), innings pitched (179.2), appearances (30), and games started (28). Additionally, she broke two all-time records at Penn. She now holds the marks in strikeouts (364) and wins (41). The Yorba Linda, Calif. native also finished the season three Pitcher of the Week awards.
Guttadauro earned her first All-Ivy honors as a junior after dominating the Ivies at first base. She is currently second on the team with 29 RBI and five homers. The Carlisle, Mass., native hit a career-high .295 along with two grand slams throughout the season. Not only did Guttadauro get things done at the plate, but she also was near-perfect with the glove. She posed a .992 fielding percentage, which was tops among all regular starters on Penn and third in the Ivies.
Caso earns her third all-time yearly Ivy honor, adding to her freshman and sophomore seasons when she earned back-to-back honorable mention honors. The senior earned Player of the Week on April 9 after putting together an outstanding week, hitting .667 with a .706 OBP, helping Penn get through Yale and Brown unbeaten. The Brooklyn, N.Y. native hit .303, fourth-best on the team, and tallied 17 RBI. Additionally, she played in 45 of 48 games, starting all of them at shortstop – Caso has been the mainstay in that position during her entire career in the Red and Blue.
Coloma, the only Quaker to be honored by the NFCA, has put together an outstanding career at Penn. The rightfielder has earned All-Ivy honors every season in her four years in the Red and Blue, earning honorable mention as a freshman and sophomore, and first-team as a junior and senior. The Martinez, Calif., native leads Penn with 35 RBI this season and has also set the all-time mark with 123 for her career. In addition, she set the new Penn single season mark with 19 stolen bases and counting. Coloma will finish her career in the top five all-time at Penn in at-bats, hits, runs scored, home runs, and stolen bases in addition to RBI.
Melendez earns her second-career All-Ivy honor, adding this season’s first-team honors to last year’s honorable mention. The senior quad-captain is currently third on Penn in batting (.305) and fourth with 22 RBI. Her eight doubles tie her for first and her four home runs tie her for third on the team. Starting 43 games in centerfield, Melendez’ .305 average is the tops in her four years as a Quaker. She will finish in the top five in all-time home runs at Penn and the top 10 in all-time RBI.
Erosa turned in her second consecutive second-team All-Ivy season in 2013. The senior quad-captain currently leads Penn with a .344 average and 66 total bases, is tied for first with eight doubles, second with a .516 slugging percentage and third with a .396 OBP. The senior has been a mainstay at secondbase during her four seasons, and has started 42 games there in 2013. In the field she was second on the team with 77 assists.
Turchin has now earned second-team honors in both of her first two seasons at Penn. The sophomore has started 41 games, all in leftfield, and currently leads the squad with 135 at-bats in the leadoff spot. She is second to Coloma with 13 stolen bases, but finds herself in the sixth spot on the all-time list at Penn, making it very possible for her to surpass the mark of 33 set by Sharon Gross from 1979-82. Lastly, she is tied for the team lead with two triples, as the speedster continues to rack up the numbers around the basepads.
In her first season in the Red and Blue, Li has stepped up and complemented Borden in the circle, giving Penn a solid one-two pitching punch, and earning honorable mention honors. The freshman tied for the Ivy lead in saves (2) and is currently tied for second on Penn with six victories. The Los Angeles, Calif. native was also second on the squad with 21 appearances and 69 innings pitched, and has 17 at-bats. With the departure of Caso after the season, Li also displayed the ability to play shortstop, a position she played all throughout high school, and could turn into an everyday player in 2014.
Gorney has now earned All-Ivy honors in all three of her seasons at Penn. The junior quad-captain adds this year’s honorable mention honors to last season’s first-team, and her freshman year honorable mention honors as well. She currently leads the Quakers with 36 runs scored and now has 90 for her career, good for fifth all-time at Penn. The designated player was tied for third on the team with five steals and was second with a .397 OBP.
As a team, Penn finished with a program-best 16 Ivy victories (18 including the two in the Ivy League Championship Series over Dartmouth). The Quakers have also advanced the their first NCAA appearance in program history, and will meet Texas A&M on Friday in College Station, Texas on primetime television on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. ET.
Below is a complete listing of the All-Ivy teams.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Onorato, Yale (So., C - North Reading, Mass.)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (So., P - Katy, Texas)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Fr., SS/OF - San Diego, Calif.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY +
*Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (So., P - Katy, Texas)
*Alexis Borden, Penn (So., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
*Sarah Onorato, Yale (So., C - North Reading, Mass.)
Georgia Guttadauro, Penn (Jr., 1B - Carlisle, Mass.)
Hillary Hubert, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Grant Park, Ill.)
*Kasey Lange, Harvard (Fr., 3B - Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (So., SS - San Diego, Calif.)
Stephanie Caso, Penn (Sr., SS - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Emily Caruthers, Columbia (Jr., OF - Rancho Murieta, Calif.)
*Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Jr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
*Brooke Coloma, Penn (Sr., OF - Martinez, Calif.)
Jessica Melendez, Penn (Sr., OF - Miami, Fla.)
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Fr., Utility - San Diego, Calif.)
Erin Belles, Cornell (Sr., DP - Dallas, Pa.)
* unanimous selections
+ There are two shortstops and four outfielders on the first team due to ties in the voting
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY %
Emily Kenyon, Columbia (Fr., P - Monmouth, Ore.)
Morgan Groom, Harvard (Fr., P - Lowell, Mich.)
Alex Peyton, Princeton (Sr., P - Fullerton, Calif.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Jr., C - Albany, Calif.)
Christina Villalon, Cornell (Sr., 1B - Robstown, Texas)
Samantha Erosa, Penn (Sr., 2B - Bronx, N.Y.)
Alix Cook, Columbia (So., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Alyssa Schmidt, Princeton (So., SS - Rocklin, Calif.)
Alyssa Swearingen, Columbia (Fr., OF - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Megan Averitt, Dartmouth (So., OF - Alameda, Calif.)
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Sr., OF - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Nikki Chu, Princeton (Sr., Utility - Carlsbad, Calif.)
Stephanie Regan, Harvard (Sr., DP - Humble, Texas)
% There are three pitchers on the second team due to tie in the voting
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (So., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (Fr., 1B - Norman, Okla.)
Alex Peyton, Princeton (Sr., 1B - Fullerton, Calif.)
Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Sr., 2B - Chino, Calif.)
Trista Chavez, Brown (So., 3B - San Pedro, Calif.)
Emily Weinberg, Cornell (Fr., 3B - West Windsor, N.J.)
Janet Leung, Brown (Fr., SS - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)
Tori Balta, Yale (Jr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (Fr., Utility - Los Angeles, Calif.)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Jr., DP - Canby, Ore.)
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Jr., DP - Orlando, Fla.)