PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its 2017 postseason baseball awards and four members of the Penn baseball team garnered All-Ivy nods, led by Jake Cousins and Tim Graul's unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections. Graul becomes the 18th player in program history to earn multiple first-team accolades and the first since Austin Bossart did so in the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Matt O'Neill and Gabe Kleiman were each named All-Ivy Honorable Mention.
Jake Cousins, RHP (Sr., West Chicago, Ill.)
Cousins caps off a four-year career with his third All-Ivy honor, and first on the first-team. The right-hander quickly ascended to the top of the rotation in his senior season, compiling a 7-2 record and a 3.15 ERA over 11 starts on the mound. His seventh win of the season came over Columbia in the Gehrig Division one-game playoff on May 7 to push his career total to 20, which now stands as the third-highest win total in program history. Cousins also finishes his time at Penn with a career 2.91 ERA, placing him sixth on the all-time ranks.
Cousins was at the forefront of the Quakers' success this season - as the team was 8-3 in his starts - due in large part to a season-long stretch of allowing three earned runs or less in nine of his eleven starts. In Ivy League play, the senior finished the year with a conference-leading four wins and a 3.09 ERA in five starts, a mark that ranked third in the Ivies. Cousins also earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors on April 25 after turning in his second career complete-game shutout at Cornell while striking out ten.
Tim Graul, OF (Sr., East Greenwich, R.I.)
Graul followed up his Ivy League Player of the Year campaign with an encore at the plate in 2017, claiming the league's batting title at .468 (36-77) while also ranking in the top three in on-base percentage (.517), slugging (.779), hits (36), runs (20) and doubles (9) in 20 Ivy contests. Overall, the senior produced a .371 average with 16 doubles, six home runs and 41 RBIs - all of which were team-leading figures. Graul finishes his career in University City fourth on both Penn's all-time doubles list (41) and single-season hits list (65).
The East Greenwich, R.I. native made a seamless transition to the outfield this year after spending his first three seasons primarily behind the plate and at designated hitter. Graul reached base safely in 41 of his 45 starts while also recording a hit in 36 of those games. He put together a team-high 24-game on base streak from March 19 - April 22 that saw him hit .446 (41-92) with 12 doubles and 24 RBIs. Graul was once named Ivy League Player of the Week this season after batting .591 over a five-game stretch, including a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Princeton on April 15.
Gabe Kleiman, LHP (Jr., New York, N.Y.)
Kleiman picks up his second All-Ivy nod in as many seasons for the Quakers after a solid season in the starting rotation. The junior lefty posted a 2-0 record in five Ivy League starts on the year with 25 strikeouts in 28.0 innings pitched, while also holding opponents to a .250 average. Kleiman's 3.21 ERA in Ivy League starts ranked fifth in the conference and second among Penn starters behind Cousins' 3.09 mark.
Kleiman's most impressive outing came against Cornell on April 23, as the junior recorded his first career complete-game shutout to lead the Quakers to an eventual series win over the division rival. He also held Yale scoreless over six innings of work in a no-decision, marking the first of four-straight starts of at least five innings pitched.
Matt O'Neill, C (So., Morristown, N.J.)
O'Neill earns his second-consecutive All-Ivy Honorable Mention selection after assuming the primary backstop role in his sophomore season. The reigning Ivy Rookie of the Year hit safely in all but four league contests this year culminating in a .292 average and tying for the team-lead in home runs with four. O'Neill had a breakout weekend against Yale and Brown in the beginning of April, batting .583 with a home run in four games.
Overall, the sophomore catcher hit .281 on the year and tied for team lead in home runs with six. O'Neill was also one of the toughest arms to run on in the conference, as he threw out 40% of runners attempting to steal this season.
2017 Ivy League Postseason Awards
Player of the Year: Randell Kanemaru - 3B, Columbia
Pitcher of the Year: Beau Sulser - RHP, Dartmouth
Rookie of the Year: Julian Bury - OF, Columbia
Coach of the Year: Jon Stuper, Yale*
SP - Beau Sulser, Dartmouth (Sr.)*
SP - Jake Cousins, Penn (Sr.)*
SP - Scott Politz, Yale (So.)
RP - Peter Lannoo, Cornell (Sr.)
C - Josh Huntley, Brown (Sr.)
1B - Marc Sredojevic, Brown (Sr.)
2B - Kyle Bartelman, Columbia (Sr.)*
SS - Ryan Krainz, Cornell (Jr.)
3B - Randell Kanemaru, Columbia (Jr.)*
OF - Rob Henry, Brown (Sr.)*
OF - Julian Bury, Columbia (Fr.)
OF - Tim Graul, Penn (Sr.)*
UT - Patrick Robinson, Harvard (So.)
DH - Benn Wanger, Yale (So.)*
*Denotes Unanimous Selection
SP - Christian Taugner, Brown (Sr.)
SP - Paul Balestrieri, Cornell (Sr.)
SP - Michael Danielak, Dartmouth (Sr.)
RP - Chris Burkholder, Dartmouth (Sr.)
C - Will Simoneit, Cornell (Fr.)
1B - Patrick McColl, Harvard (So.)
2B - Simon Whiteman, Yale (So.)
SS - Joe Engel, Columbia (So.)
3B - Richard Slenker, Yale (Sr.)
OF - Kyle Holbrook, Dartmouth (Jr.)
OF - Tim DeGraw, Yale (So.)
OF - Harrison White, Yale (Sr.)
UT - David Harding, Princeton (Fr.)
DH - Liam McGill, Columbia (Fr.)
Honorable Mention All-Ivy
SP - Gabe Kleiman, Penn (Jr.)
RP - Ian Burns, Columbia (So.); Griffin Dey, Yale (So.)
C - Josh Ellis, Harvard (Sr.); Matt O'Neill, Penn (So.)
1B - Joe Engel, Columbia (So.); Michael Ketchmark, Dartmouth (Sr.)
2B - Frankie Padulo, Cornell (Sr.)
SS - Asher Lee-Tyson, Princeton (Jr.)
3B - Tommy Wagner, Cornell (Sr.)
OF - Sam Grigo, Brown (Jr.); Jesper Horsted, Princeton (So.); Nick Hernandez, Princeton (Sr.)
UT - Cameron Deere, Brown (Fr.); Alex Stiegler, Yale (Fr.)
DH - Michael Calamari, Dartmouth (Fr.)