PHILADELPHIA Junior Annie Kinsey has been named the Ivy League Softball Player of the Year, and Emily Denstedt, Kaelin Ainley and Julia Cheney are first-team All-Ivy members, the Ivy League office announced Tuesday.
In addition, Brandi King, Melissa Haffner and Stephanie Reichert were named to the second team, while Christina Khosravi and Keiko Uraguchi earned honorable mention honors.
Kinsey is the second player in as many years to earn Ivy Player of the Year honors at Penn, and only the second in program history. Last year, Khosravi was named Player of the Year as a sophomore, becoming the first player in Penn softball history to earn the honor.
Penn’s nine All-Ivy honorees are the most in program history, and also the most in the league this season. Ancient Eight champion Harvard had six players selected for All-Ivy honors, but boasted both the Pitcher and Rookie of the Year selections.
The Quakers had their best season in program history in 2007, going 23-19 to set a program record for wins. They also had their best Ivy League finish since 1981, going 14-6 and winning the South Division, before losing in the inaugural Ivy League Championship Series to the Crimson.
Kinsey, who was a first-team selection both her freshman and sophomore seasons, had a breakout season for the Red and Blue in 2007, and earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors. Kinsey started all 42 games at second base, and finished the season hitting .450, with a .786 slugging percentage and 37 RBI. She broke multiple program records this year, including single-season records for hits (63), runs (53), doubles (15), and home runs (10). Kinsey led the Ivy League in batting average, hits, runs, doubles, on-base percentage, and total bases. She also led the Quakers in slugging percentage and home runs, and was second on the team in RBI.
Denstedt was a constant force on the mound for Penn, earning her first All-Ivy honors. She started 21 games, and pitched16 complete games. She finished the season with a 13-9 record, tying Penn’s single-season record for wins, and had a 2.44 ERA. She had 77 strikeouts in 135.0 innings pitched, with one save and one shutout. The sophomore led Penn’s pitching staff in ERA, opposing BA, won-loss percentage, wins, strikeouts, appearances and starts.
Ainley, who has earned second-team and honorable mention All-Ivy honors in the outfield, stepped up for the Quakers this year to play catcher, earning first-team All-Ivy honors in the process. The senior started all 42 games for the Red and Blue, and finished the year hitting .246 with 27 runs scored, 25 RBI, eight doubles and four home runs. She was third on the team in fielding percentage, at .962.
Cheney, an honorable mention selection her junior season, finished the season with a .311 batting average and 28 RBI. She had seven doubles and seven home runs, while contributing to an infield defense that leads the nation in double plays per game (0.60). Cheney had 57 putouts, and led the team with 88 assists in the field.
King, who made the move to first base this year after two All-Ivy seasons behind the plate, started all 42 games for the Quakers. She finished the season with a .227 batting average, with five home runs and 18 RBI. She led a strong Red and Blue defense with a .981 fielding percentage.
Haffner had a season to remember in her senior year, as she improved her batting average dramatically. She finished the year hitting .317 with seven doubles, five home runs and 15 RBI. Haffner also had an impressive .535 slugging percentage.
Reichert, who has been a first- and second-team All-Ivy selection in her four year career, made a big impact as a designated player for the Quakers. She was second on the team in batting average, (.321) and led the team with 41 RBI, a new single-season Penn record. She was also second on the team with eight home runs. Reichert was named Ivy League Player of the Week in March for her performance at the Rebel Spring Games in Florida.
Khosravi, last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year, was a key part of Penn’s defense at shortstop this season. She had 84 putouts and 87 assists. Offensively, she hit .296 with nine doubles, six home runs, and a team-leading two triples. She finished the year with 25 RBI and a .544 slugging percentage.
Uraguchi, a freshman outfielder, earned All-Ivy honors in her first season with the Red and Blue. She hit .260 as a slapper, with 10 RBI andwas second on the team with 11sacrifice hits.
2007 All-Ivy Softball
Player of the Year: Annie Kinsey, Jr., Penn*
Pitcher of the Year: Shelly Madick, Jr., Harvard*
Rookie of the Year: Lauren Murphy, Harvard*
Pitcher: Emily Denstedt, So., Penn (Calgary, Alberta)
Pitcher: Shelly Madick, Jr., Harvard (Tarzana, Calif.)*
Catcher: Kaelin Ainley, Sr., Penn (Toms River, N.J.)
First Base: Alyssa Parker, Fr., Dartmouth (Spring Valley, Calif.)
Second Base: Annie Kinsey, Jr., Penn (West Hills, Calif.)*
Shortstop: Lauren Brown, Sr., Harvard (Winter Park, Fla.)
Third Base: Julia Cheney, Sr., Penn (Port Angeles, Wash.)
Outfield: Jenna Campagnolo, Jr., Cornell (Guelph, Ont.)*
Outfield: Brianna Moreno, So., Princeton (Villa Park, Calif.)
Outfield: Ashley Sloan, Fr., Yale (Elk Grove Village, Ill.)
Designated Player: Lauren Murphy, Fr., Harvard (Sierra Madre, Calif.)
Utility: Alyson Intihar, Fr., Cornell (Zelienople, Pa.)*
Pitcher: Aimee Kemp, Fr., Columbia (Oakley, Calif.)
Pitcher: Kris Schaus, Jr., Princeton (Naples, Fla.)
Catcher: Valerie Smith, So., Columbia (Gardnerville, Nev.)
First Base: Brandi King, Sr., Penn (Winnetka, Calif.)
Second Base: Julia Kidder, Sr., Harvard (Belmont, Mass.)
Shortstop: Kathryn Welch, Princeton (Yardley, Pa.)
Third Base: Kacy Krisman, Sr., Columbia (Hayward, Calif.)
Outfield: Melissa Haffner, Sr., Penn (Irvine, Calif.)
Outfield: Kim Krisman, Sr., Columbia (Hayward, Calif.)
Outfield: Stephanie Krysiak, Fr., Harvard (The Woodlands, Texas)
Designated Player: Stephanie Reichert, Sr., Penn (Gibbstown, N.J.)
Utility: Jamie Lettire, Fr., Princeton (Cupertino, Calif.)
Pitcher: Rebecca Wojciak, Yale (Westminster, Mass.)
Catcher: Kathleen Edwards, Yale (Morton Grove, Ill.)
Second Base: Christina Guerland, Yale (Auburn, Calif.)
Shortstop: Christina Khosravi, Penn (San Diego, Calif.); Keli Leong, Columbia (San Carlos, Calif.)
Third Base: Melissa Schellberg, Harvard (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Outfield: Erin Miller, Princeton (La Canada, Calif.); Keiko Uraguchi, Penn (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.); Nikki Yee, Dartmouth (Martinez, Calif.)
Designated Player: Kelly Fry, Dartmouth (Marietta, Ga.)
Utility: Holly Gutterud, Yale (Riverside, Calif.); Kelsey Wilson, Brown (Monterey, Calif.)
* denotes unanimous selection