Graul Named Ivy League Player of the Year

PHILADELPHIA -Following remarkable seasons that saw them both in the top five in hitting in the conference, Tim Graul was named Ivy League Player of the Year, and Matt O'Neill was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year. Additonally, the University of Pennsylvania had six players voted All-Ivy.

Graul capped off the season on a 14-game hit streak in which he batted .534 with five home runs, 11 doubles, and 19 RBIs. Overall, he was first in the Ivy League in home runs (8), RBIs (35), doubles (21), hits (59), slugging percentage (.642), and at-bats (162), and second in batting average (.364), leading to a unanimous selection. The junior's 21 doubles are tied for the second-best single-season performance in program history with Rich Lombardi in 1984, and his 59 hits are tied for sixth with Glenn Partridge in 1976. Against the Ivy League, Graul hit .432 and tallied six of his eight home runs. He is the second consecutive Penn catcher to win Player of the Year, following Austin Bossart in 2015. Graul was also named First-team All-Ivy as a designated hitter and Second-team as a catcher.

Just the second Quaker to win Rookie of the Year, Matt O'Neill was fifth in the Ancient Eight in hitting (.341), second in slugging (.535), and also ranked in the top 10 in doubles (11), RBIs (26), and total bases (69). The freshman was just as valuable behind the plate as he was in the box, throwing out 11 baserunners attempting to steal in 2016. Against the Ivy League, O'Neill hit .353 with three home runs and 15 RBIs in 20 games. The only other Quaker to win Ivy League Rooke of the Year was Todd Roth in 2007. O'Neill was All-Ivy Honorable Mention as both a catcher and designated hitter.

Joining the catching duo in the postseason honors were four other Quakers who were named All-Ivy. Senior outfielder Gary Tesch, who led the Ivy League in hitting for most of the season was named to the First-team with Graul. Gabe Kleiman finished second in the conference in ERA at 2.24, earning his Second-team recognition. Ryan Mincher was also on the Second-team after he hit .333 with four home runs against Ivy foes. Mike Reitcheck rounded out the Quakers' awards with an Honorable Mention selection after he posted a sub-three ERA and two wins in conference play.

Penn finished the season 19-22 overall and 10-10 in the Ivy League. They will return 28 players, including Graul, O'Neill, Kleiman, and Reitcheck.