Brebner and Deitrich Earn First-Team All-Ivy Honors

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All-Ivy Release

The University of Pennsylvania baseball team had four players receive All-Ivy recognition on Thursday, as senior Ryan Deitrich and junior Rick Brebner garnered first-team All-Ivy recognition in a vote among Ivy League head coaches. In addition, senior John Beasley and sophomore Austin Bossart received honorable mention.

A year after being named a second-team All-Ivy selection, Deitrich upped his game this season and wrapped up his career in the Red and Blue with a first-team nod. The Ivy League-leader in both batting average (.382) and on-base percentage (.500), the senior outfielder from Collegeville, Pa. also tied teammate Mike Vilardo for the overall league lead in hits (55). One of three team captains in 2013, Deitrich was the only player on the squad to play in every one of Penn’s 43 contests. Providing a punch to the middle of the Quaker order, he slugged at a team-best .563 rate and had eight doubles and four home runs, driving in 23 runs. His selectivity at the plate also allowed him to earn a team-high 27 walks. Once on-base, he led Penn with 11 stolen bases on the campaign.

Brebner joins Deitrich on the first team and was a unanimous selection as utility. A jack-of-all-trades on defense, the Langhorne, Pa. native fought through an injury that held him out of action for three weeks to add another dimension to Penn’s batting order through the month of April. Splitting time at third base, first base and left field, Brebner went on the shelf in early March after a slow start to the season offensively. Once he came back, he raised his batting average from a paltry .125 to nearly .300 in late April before ending the season at .257. Over that stretch, he crushed four home runs to match Deitrich for the team lead, while adding in four of his six doubles on the season. One of the top offensive outings from any Quaker this season came on April 17, when Brebner sparked a Penn blowout victory over Lehigh with a 4-for-5 day at the plate with a single, double and two home runs, driving in five runs and scoring four himself.

Beasley, a senior reliever, led Penn with 17 appearances out of the bullpen this season. In 31.2 innings of action, the Virginia Beach, Va. native led the Quakers with a 1.99 ERA that placed him sixth in the league overall. Converting to a sidearm delivery for his final year in the Red and Blue, Beasley limited opposing hitters to a .214 batting average and struck out 26. He picked up his lone win of the season on March 30 in a tight battle with visiting Dartmouth, shutting down the Big Green over the last 2.2 innings and giving the Quakers the chance to snatch the win in walk-off fashion.

For the second straight season, Bossart wraps up his year as an honorable mention recipient. One of just 48 Division I catchers nationwide who were named to the initial Johnny Bench Award Watch List, the sophomore captain provided the Quakers with durability and rock-solid defense throughout the season. Starting 40 games, including eight grueling Ivy League doubleheaders, Bossart still managed to bat .278 for the year, mashing eight doubles and three home runs. A surprising speed threat as well, he led the team with four triples and stole nine bases in just 10 attempts. Behind the dish, Bossart helmed a pitching staff that lopped 1.25 runs from its team ERA from last season, and threw out 23 attempted base-stealers.

Though Beasley and Deitrich are moving on, Brebner and Bossart will return next season to lead a group of nine regulars in the field, as well as the entire starting rotation, from a team that ended the season at 22-21 as the Quakers go in search of their first Lou Gehrig Division title since 2007.

Player of the Year
Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)

Pitcher of the Year
Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)

Rookie of the Year
Joe Purritano, Dartmouth (Fr., DH – Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)

First-Team All-Ivy
P – Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)*
P – Michael Johnson, Dartmouth (Sr. – Georgetown, Mass.)
P – Dave Speer, Columbia (Jr. – Westport, Conn.)*
RP – Thomas Olson, Dartmouth (So. – Manhattan, Kan.)
C – Matt MacDowell, Dartmouth (So. – Falmouth, Maine)
C – Chris Piwinski, Yale (Sr. – Folsom, Calif.)
1B – Mike Ford, Princeton (Jr., 1B/P – Belle Mead, N.J.)*
2B – Matt Parisi, Dartmouth (So. – Clermont, Fla.)
SS – Aaron Silbar, Columbia (Jr. – Jacksonville, Fla.)*
3B – Nick Lombardi, Dartmouth (So. – Saugus, Calif.)
OF – Ennis Coble, Dartmouth (Sr. – Atlanta)
OF – Ryan Deitrich, Penn (Sr. – Collegeville, Pa.)
OF – Jeff Keller, Dartmouth (Jr. – Atherton, Calif.)*
OF – Alec Keller, Princeton (Jr. – Richmond, Va.)*
OF – Jordan Serena, Columbia (So. – Parker, Colo.)
UT – Rick Brebner, Penn (Jr. – Langhorne, Pa.)*
DH – Joe Purritano, Dartmouth (Fr. – Woodcliff Lake, N.J.)*

Second-Team All-Ivy
P – Joe Donino, Columbia (Jr. – Avon, Conn.)
P – David Hickey, Yale (Jr. – Darien, Conn.)
P – Kyle Hunter, Dartmouth (Sr. – Palm City, Fla.)
RP – Michael Byrne, Cornell (Fr. – Vienna, Va.)
C – Mike Fischer, Columbia (Jr. – Scotia, N.Y.)
1B – Alex Black, Columbia (Sr. – The Woodlands, Texas)
2B – Tanner Anderson, Harvard (So. – Tampa, Fla.)
SS – Mike Martin, Harvard (So. – Buffalo Grove, Ill.)
3B – Brent Lawson, Yale (Fr. – Newport Beach, Calif.)
OF – Brandon Kregel, Harvard (So. – Lilburn, Ga.)
OF – Will Marcal, Brown (So. – Lexington, Mass.)
OF – JD Whetsel, Cornell (So. – Liberty Twp., Ohio)
DH – Joey Falcone, Columbia (So. – Brooklyn, N.Y.)

Honorable Mention All-Ivy
P – Tim Giel, Columbia (Sr. – Gibsonia, Pa.)
P – Zak Hermans, Princeton (Sr. – Coppell, Texas)
P – Zach McCulley, Cornell (Jr. – Pensacola, Fla.)
P – Cole Sulser, Dartmouth (Sr. – Santa Ysabel, Calif.)
RP – John Beasley, Penn (Sr. – Virginia Beach, Va.)
RP – Cale Hanson, Yale (Jr. – Katy, Texas)
RP – Kevin Roy, Columbia (Fr. – Houston)
C – Austin Bossart, Penn (So. – O’Fallon, Ill.)
2B – Brenton Peters, Cornell (Sr. – Leesburg, Va.)
SS – Tom D’Alessandro, Cornell (Jr. – Dix Hills, N.Y.)
3B – Alex Flink, Princeton (Sr. – Dallas)
DH – Kevin Tatum, Cornell (So. – Woodbridge, Va.)

* Unanimous Selection
^ Due to ties in voting, the first team expanded to 17