Lupardus Earns Third Softball Pitcher of the Week Award

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Ivy League has announced its final weekly awards for the 2008 season, and Penn freshman Jessie Lupardus has earned herself a Pitcher of the Week award for the third time this season. Lupardus, who also was named the League's Rookie of the Week on April 1, broke a tie with Jenn Meunier of Cornell for the most Pitcher of the Week honors this season.

Lupardus started and won three games and added another victory in relief during the Quakers' 5-1 week last week, finishing her season with a 20-8 record. Lupardus became the first 20-game winner in program history.

In fact, Lupardus' 20 wins were more than any Penn team compiled from 1974 through 2006.

Lupardus pitched three complete games during the week, earning a victory over Drexel and two victories over Columbia. She closed her season as a starter with a three-hit shutout of Columbia as the Quakers routed the Lions, 12-0.

Lupardus added 2.2 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win in the final game of the season, an 11-4 victory.

Also honored by the Ivy League was senior second baseman Annie Kinsey, who ended her collegiate career in style, collecting 13 hits over six games last week while driving in at least one run in every contest. Kinsey, who is the Quakers' all-time home runs leader, slammed one round tripper in each of the Quakers' final three games against Ivy League rival Columbia. Penn swept four games from Columbia after splitting a mid-week doubleheader against Drexel.

Kinsey, who drove in 10 runs during the week, finished her career by going a combined 9-for-10 in the final three games against the Lions. During Saturday's 13-5 victory in New York, Kinsey was 3-for-4 with 4 RBIs, a double, a home run, and three runs scored. She followed htat up with a 4-for-4 performance in the first game on Sunday, homering and driving in two while scoring three runs.