Baseball Honored With Four on All-Ivy Team

2009 All-Ivy Baseball Release

PHILADELPHIA – The 2009 All-Ivy baseball team was announced on Thursday, and Penn was honored with three players on the second team as well as one who earned honorable mention.

The left side of Penn’s infield was honored as part of the All-Ivy second team. Sophomore third baseman Dan Williams was honored for the second year in a row, adding his 2009 award to the second-team selection he earned at shortstop in 2008. He was joined as a second-team All-Ivy player by freshman Derek Vigoa, who was one of two shortstops named to the second team by the league’s coaches.

Junior rightfielder Tom Grandieri was named second-team All-Ivy for the first time.

Junior William Gordon, who did a little bit of everything for the Quakers in 2009, was rewarded for his versatility by receiving honorable mention All-Ivy as a utility player.

Williams and Vigoa were constants for W. Joseph Blood Head Coach of Baseball John Cole in 2009, starting every one of Penn’s 41 games at their respective positions. Williams hit .337 for the year while tying for the team lead with 56 hits. Vigoa was right behind Williams with a .336 average in his rookie campaign. He ended the season with 18 doubles, tied for third-most in a season by any Penn player.

Grandieri had his best offensive season as a Quaker, leading the Red and Blue with a .357 average. He actually hit better in Ancient Eight games, coming in at .380 in 19 Ivy contests. His 56 hits tied with Williams for the team lead, while his 42 runs and 19 doubles were both tops among Penn players. Grandieri’s 19 two-baggers are second-most in a season by a Quaker. A look at the overall Ivy record book shows that 19 doubles ties Grandieri for seventh in a season by any player to play in the Ivy League. Thirteen of his doubles came in Ivy games – a number that ties for most in league play. His three doubles against Columbia on April 26 are tied for most in a league game by one player. Grandieri was the first player since Yale’s Tid Kesper in 1998 to accomplish the feat.

William Gordon saw time at both first and second base throughout the course of the season. In 272 total chances in the field, he committed just five errors. Gordon hit .338 in league play, above his season average of .327, and hit a team-high 10 home runs – tied for third-highest by a Penn player in a season. He is just one of four Quakers to hit double digits in home runs in a season, and just the second since 1979. Gordon was also 1-1 on the mound with two saves over 12 appearances.

“It is nice to have four young players honored by the league,” Cole said. “All four of these players have demonstrated that they can play at a high level and will be vital to our continued development and success.”