Bossart Co-Ivy Player of the Year in Baseball

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League announced postseason awards and All-Ivy teams on Thursday, and the University of Pennsylvania baseball team was well represented with senior catcher Austin Bossart sharing Player of the Year honors, along with four other Quakers named First-team All-Ivy.

For the first time in Ivy League baseball history, the Player of the Year honor was shared by two players, with Penn’s Austin Bossart sharing the honor with Columbia senior outfielder Gus Craig.

Bossart hit .358 overall and .355 in Ivy League play, while totaling 13 doubles and four home runs on the season. He also drove in 27 runs for Penn this spring. Behind the plate he threw out a total of 17 baserunners on the year, including 10-of-17 attempted baserunners in Ivy play. Along with sharing Player of the Year, Bossart was named First-team as a catcher for the second consecutive season.

In his career Bossart hit .302 with 34 doubles, five triples, and 11 home runs while driving in 88 runs. He compiled a .436 slugging percentage and a .368 on base percentage. Defensively he committed just nine errors in over 1,000 chances for a .992 fielding percentage. He threw out 67 of 148 attempted base runners in his four years behind the plate.

Bossart is the fifth Quaker to earn Ivy League Player of the Year honors, and the first since Tom Grandieri in 2010.

In addition to Bossart, Penn had four players named First-team All-Ivy, the most of any Ivy school this season. Quakers earning First-team All-Ivy with Bossart were sophomore left-handed pitcher Mike Reitcheck, senior shortstop Mitch Montaldo, senior outfielder Connor Betbeze, and junior outfielder Matt Greskoff.

Reitcheck led the Ivy League with a low ERA of 1.72 and a 5-3 overall record, with 34 strikeouts. Montaldo led the league at the end of the regular season with 10 home runs. He also totaled 14 doubles, in posting an overall slugging percentage of .621. Betbeze hit .405 in Ivy League play, second in the league, and totaled four doubles, a triple, and two home runs, with 14 RBI against league opponents. Greskoff wasn’t far behind his counterpart in the outfield hitting .397 in Ivy play, with six doubles, a triple, and three home runs, with 14 RBI.

Earning Second-team All-Ivy for the Quakers were sophomore right-handed pitcher Jake Cousins, senior first baseman Matt McKinnon, and junior second baseman Ryan Mincher.

Senior left-handed pitcher Ronnie Glenn and senior third baseman Jeff McGarry were named Honorable mention All-Ivy.

The 10 Quakers recognized is a new program record, breaking last seasons mark of nine players earning All-Ivy recognition.

Penn finished the season 22-15 overall, with a 16-4 Ivy League record. The 16 wins in league play were the most in program history. The Quakers fell to Columbia, 4-2, in a playoff game to determine the Ivy League Gehrig Division title.

Ivy League Release