Philadelphia - The Penn baseball teamheld its annual postseason awards dinner on May 3 at the Sheraton University City.Following his final season in the Red and Blue, Coach Bob Seddon doled out awards fortohis team for their excellence on the field and also handed out a few tokens of his appreciation tohis current and former assistants and people that have been with the teamover the years. SeanAbate was the big winner of the night, taking home two awards,including theaward ofthe team's most valuable player.
Joseph Rullo Most Improved Player - Sean Abate (1B)
Walter O'Malley Most Valuable Player - Sean Abate (1B)
It is rare that a player is seen as a team's most improved and most valuable in the same season but Abate was just that. His batting average shot up 54 points from a year ago, hitting .259 as asophomore to .313 this year. He went from having three RBI in two seasons with the Quakers to leading the team with 26 and, after not having one home run in 68 previous at bats, smoked the first of his career against Southern Utah at the 2005 Pepsi/Johnny Quick Classic in Fresno, Calif. Abate went on to lead the team in that category as well with five bombs on the season. Along with home runs and RBI, Abate also led Penn in slugging percentage (.504), walks (16) and on-base percentage (.396). Abate also showed his value in the field as the junior first baseman recorded 247 defensive put outs and 25 assists in 274 chances (.993).
John Harwood Top Offensive Player - Nate Moffie (CF)
Once again, Moffie was the catalyst for Penn's offense this season. The senior outfielder led the Red and Blue in nine offensive categories enroute to a .340 overall batting average and a .386 clip in League action. Moffie's 49 base hits, team best, gives him 183 for his career, just nine short of the all-time lead of 194 set by Nick Italiano, W'03, in 2003. Moffie paced the Penn offensive attack in runs scored (30), doubles (nine), along with Bryan Graves, total bases (72), at bats (144), steal attempts (11) and stolen bases (six), as well as total plate appearances (157).
Doug Glanville Defensive Golden Glove Award - Evan Sobel (SS)
For the second year in a row, the senior shortstop receive the team's highest defensive honor. Sobel assisted on 105 put outs and recorded 62 of his own in 37 games this season. He registered a season-high seven put outs against Columbia on March 26 and had a season-best six defensive assists against Princeton on April 17.
Henry Bower Outstanding Freshman -Kyle Armeny(3B)
Armeny's offensive ability could not be denied during his rookie campaign as he finished with a .285 batting average and tied for second on the team with four home runs. Mainly hitting out of the two hole all season, Armeny drove in 16 runs, scored 16 more and registered 11 extra-base hits. His best day at the plate came on March 25 against Columbia, going 3-for-3 with three runs scored, two RBI and his first-career home run.
David Montgomery Most Improved Pitcher(s) - Remington Chin (RHP), Brian Cirri (RHP)
Chin came one strong in his final season in the Red and Blue, becoming Penn's all-time leader in appearances in a single season with 19. He was primarily used as a middle reliever this past season, making 18 of his record 19 appearances from the bullpen. Despite starting just one game in 2005, Chin compiled a 2-1 record in 30.0 innings with 11 strikeouts, showing his control of late game situations. The Manhassett, N.Y. native surpassed Jud Damon, who had held the record for 17 years with his 17 appearances in 1988. Brian Cirri continued his steady climb to success during his junior season as he led the Quakers in wins (three) and innings pitched (48.0), striking out 32 batters and allowing just 23 earned runs in eight appearances.
Andy Muhlstock Most Outstanding Pitcher(s) - Josh Appell (LHP), Bill Kirk (RHP)
For the second-straight season, Appell led the Penn baseball team in strikeouts, fanning a career-high 46 this season. He also threw 40+ innings for the second time in his career, hurling 40.0 innings after working 46.0 in 2004. Appell's signature performance of his senior season was a 13-strike out day in a complete game victory over Columbia on March 25. Kirk finished second on the team with 41.2 innings of work and striking out 26 batters during his senior season, four punch outs shy his career-best of 30 from during his sophomore season, bringing his career strike out total to 95 K's.
Rich Syrek Most Courageous Award -Dan Finkelstein(RHP)
This senior pitcher made his way through his senior season in the most difficult of ways, having to enter games with runners on base with less than two outs and Penn either holding a slime lead or trailing by a run. Finkelstein made 12 appearances in 2005, all in relief, and made the most of his opportunities on the mound despite the odds stacked against him when entering the game. He did what he was asked to do every time his team needed him, showing the leadership of a veteran player.
Eddie Einhorn Unsung Hero Award -Bryan Graves(RF)
Graves served as the team captain for the second-consecutiveyear during the 2005 season and toknow why, one only needs to watch him on the base paths after making contact with the ball. Graves enjoyed his fifth year in the Red and Blue after rebounding from an injury to start the 2003 season.Even more proof of his durability and devotion is the fact that he was one of only three players to appear in and start every game this season. He finished the year with a .290 batting average, 38 hits (11 for extra bases), 16 runs scored, 18 RBI and five stolen bases.
The Penn baseball team finished the season with a 11-26 overall record and a7-13 mark in the Ivy League.Two-thousand and five marked the final season that Bob Seddon and Bill Wagner will roam the dug out togetheras Seddonturned in his final line up card after 34 seasons when Penn closed out the year at Cornell on April 23-24.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications