Seven Quakers Earn Softball All-Ivy Honors

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Ivy League announced its annual softball awards on Tuesday afternoon, and the University of Pennsylvania had the most overall selections with seven making the 2015 All-Ivy teams: Sydney Turchin (First-Team), Lauren Li (First-Team), Jurie Joyner (First-Team), Alexis Borden (Second-Team), Korinne Raby (Second-Team), Leah Allen (Second-Team), and Vanessa Weaver (Second-Team). Joyner was also named this year’s Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and both Li and Joyner were unanimous first team selections.

Ivy League Softball All-Ivy Release

An Ola product, freshman Jurie Joyner becomes the fifth Quaker to be named the Ivy League’s Rookie of the Year. It is the first time in program history that a Red and Blue player has been awarded the Ivy League Rookie of the Year honor in back-to-back seasons – Leah Allen (2014), Alexis Borden (2012), Jessie Lupardus (2008), and Dawn Kulp (1992).

Joyner finished the season with the third-best average in the League, hitting .387. Along with a League-best 33 RBI and seventh all-time single season best, the rookie led the team with 46 hits, six home runs (ninth most in a single season), and a .655 slugging percentage. Her 14 doubles this season also ties the fourth-most in a single season. In conference contests, Joyner hit .409 and slugged .788. Of her 14 doubles, 10 were hit against Ivy opponents while five of her home runs were also hit in League play, with her first collegiate home run coming in a 15-14 (8 inning) win over Harvard. She also hit two doubles, was walked twice, and was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate in that game. In the 20 games against the Ancient Eight, Joyner only struck out three times. Throughout the season, Joyner was named Rookie of the Week three times and shared the title once.

Also named to the first team is senior outfielder Sydney Turchin (captain) and junior utility player Lauren Li (captain).

Turchin collected her fourth All-Ivy selection -- first first-team -- and ended the season hitting .338. In the Red and Blue history books, the New Jersey native finishes second all-time in career at bats (558), runs (125), and hits (173). In addition, Turchin leaves Penn as the all-time leader in career stolen bases, a record she surpassed against Lehigh, with 42. Against Ivy League opponents this season, Turchin hit .343 and started all 20 games. In her fourth straight Ivy League Championship series, Turchin went 4-for-6 at the plate to lead the team with a .667 batting average.

Li also earned her first first-team All-Ivy selection and finished the season hitting .375 – tied for fourth best in the League and tied for second best on team – and her 29 RBI was good for third most in the League and on the team. Li put forth a stellar junior campaign, playing at second base, short stop, and as a pitcher but primarily at third base. She started the season off with a nine-game hit streak (March 6-March 11) and recorded five-straight games with multiple hits (March 27-April 1). Li landed in the single season record books for the tenth most runs scored at 31 and tied for seventh most triples with three. This season, the junior also earned her first weekly Ivy honor when she was named Player of the Week on March 17 and was again named Player of the Week on April 14. In the pitcher’s circle, Li finished the season 6-2 and was a perfect 4-0 against Ivy opponents.

Representing the Red and Blue on the second-team is senior pitcher Alexis Borden, junior catcher Korinne Raby, sophomore outfielder Leah Allen, and senior second baseman Vanessa Weaver (captain).

Earning her fourth All-Ivy honor, Borden finished the season with a 2.92 ERA and 11 wins. She led the League with 144 strikeouts and became just the sixth player in Ivy League history to surpass the 600 career strikeout milestone, a feat she accomplished against Cornell. Borden leaves Penn as the most decorated softball pitcher to wear the Red and Blue, finishing as the all-time leader in starts (103), complete games (79), wins (64), innings pitched (680.2) and strikeouts (643). Aside from Jessie Lupardus, who finished her two-year career with a 1.39 ERA, Borden boasts the next best career ERA at 2.30. In a single season, Borden holds four of the top five spots for most strikeouts and holds four spots within the top ten in starts, complete games, wins, and innings pitched. (As a rookie, Borden claimed her spot at the top of two single-season record categories: wins (24) and strikeouts (193).)

Raby earns her first All-Ivy selection and was the only player this season to hit back-to-back home runs in a single game (April 26 vs. Columbia). She notched her first collegiate triple at Columbia (April 25) and collected a single-game high of eight total bases against Columbia. Raby hit safely in six straight games (March 27-April 3) and finished the season batting .276 and slugging .418. In League contests, Raby drove in 12 of her 15 total RBI, hit .339, and slugged .554.

Allen earns her second All-Ivy selection and finished tied for third in the Ivy League with 12 stolen bases. Her 12 is tied for the sixth most stolen bases in a single season, and Allen’s 26 career total stolen bases is also good for sixth most in the record books. After hitting five home runs this season -- her second of the season being a three-run homer in the first inning of the 5-4 win over Dartmouth – Allen is tied for the third most career home runs with 18 and needs just six more to tie the top mark that Annie Kinsey holds at 24. Her 24 RBI this season also brings her career total to 67 – eighth-most career RBI. Hitting safely in nine straight games (March 22-April 3), Allen finished the season hitting .278 and slugging .460. In League contests, she batted .324, slugged .529, and swiped six bases.

A two-time captain, Weaver earns her first All-Ivy selection after finishing the season hitting .375 – tied for fourth best in the League and tied for second best on team. The senior second baseman ended the season with the team’s highest on-base percentage (.474) and swiped four bases in as many attempts. In conference contests, Weaver started all 20 games and finished with the second highest batting average on the team (.407). During her exceptional senior campaign, Weaver hit safely in six-straight games (April 11-April 18) and recorded a single-game high of three hits against Harvard (March 29) and Princeton (April 19). The Yorba Linda native also collected her first collegiate triple against La Salle (March 25) and finished as the starter with the lowest number of strikeouts this season (six), with three spread across 20 Ivy League contests.

2015 Softball All-Ivy
Player of the Year: Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Jr., SS - San Diego)

Pitcher of the Year: *Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth(Sr., P - Katy, Texas)
Rookie of the Year: Jurie Joyner, Penn(Fr., DP - McDonough, Ga.)

First Team
*Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (Sr., P - Katy, Texas)
Laura Ricciardone, Harvard (Sr., P - Slidell, La.)
*Karen Chaw, Dartmouth (So., C - Castro Valley, Calif.)
Meagan Murray, Cornell (Fr., 1B - Alfred, N.Y.)
Katherine Lantz, Harvard(Sr., 2B - Parkland, Fla.)
Alix Cook, Columbia (Sr., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Jr., SS - San Diego)
Emily Weinberg, Cornell(Jr., OF - West Windsor, N.J.)
Maddy Kaplan, Harvard (Fr., OF - Santa Monica, Calif.)
Andrea Del Conte, Harvard (Sr., OF - Rolling Hill Estates, Calif.)
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Sr., OF - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
*Lauren Li, Penn (Jr., Utility - Los Angeles)

*Jurie Joyner, Penn(Fr., DP - McDonough, Ga.)

Second Team
Alexis Borden, Penn (Sr., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Shanna Christian, Princeton(Jr., P - Parker, Colo.)
Korinne Raby, Penn (Jr., C - Milton, Ga.)
Maddie Damore, Dartmouth (So., 1B - Campbell, Calif.)
Vanessa Weaver, Penn (Sr., 2B - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Allison Skinner, Yale (Fr., 3B - Katy, Texas)
Janet Leung, Brown(Jr., SS - Mississauga, Ont., Canada)
Sarah Syrop, Brown (So., OF - Kennesaw, Ga.)
Shelby Unger, Columbia (So., OF - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Leah Allen, Penn (So., OF - Woodbine, Md.)
Rachel Rendina, Princeton (Sr., OF - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Camille Weisenbach, Yale (So., OF - Bothell, Wash.)
Meg Parker, Cornell (Jr., Utility - Miami)
Tonia Wu, Columbia (So., DP - Carlsbad, Calif.)

Honorable Mention
Kate Orona, Brown (Fr., P - Pueblo, Colo.)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (Sr., P - Norman, Okla.)
Cara Worden, Princeton(Sr., 1B - Santa Ana, Calif.)
Taylor Troutt, Columbia (Fr., 2B - League City, Texas)
Alyssa Schmidt, Princeton (Sr., 3B - Rocklin, Calif.)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (Sr., SS - San Diego)
Leah Nakashima, Brown (So., DP - San Jose, Calif.)

*Unanimous Selection

NOTE: There are four outfielders on the first team due to a tie in the voting and five outfielderson the second team due to a tie in the voting.

2015 Penn Ivy League Weekly Honors
Player of the Week
April 14 — Lauren Li
March 17 — Lauren Li

Pitcher of the Week
April 28 — Alexis Borden
April 21 — Alexis Borden
March 17 — Alexis Borden^
March 10 — Alexis Borden

Rookie of the Week
April 14 — Jurie Joyner
April 7 — Jurie Joyner
March 31 — Jurie Joyner^

Honor Roll
April 28 — Leah Allen
April 21 — Lauren Li, Leah Allen, Vanessa Weaver
April 14 — Mason Spichiger, Vanessa Weaver
April 7 — Alexis Borden, Alexis Sargent
March 31 — Lauren Li
March 24 — Alexis Sargent, Sydney Turchin
March 17 — Jurie Joyner, Alexis Sargent
March 10 — Lauren Li

^ Co-Winner