Philadelphia The University of Pennsylvania softball team handed out its annual team awards on April 30 at the Quakers’ awards banquet held at the University City Sheraton.
Freshman pitcher Ann Ferracane earned two pieces of hardware as she was named the Red and Blue’s Defensive MVP and Player’s Player of the Year. Ferracane made a definite impression in the circle this season. She went 7-7 with a 2.71 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 95.2 innings of work. She posted four or more strikeouts in 10 out of her 23 appearances, while opponents hit just .238 against the right-hander. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on March 29 after she threw a complete game, three-hitter and picked up a save in Penn’s doubleheader sweep of Rider. She was also named Penn’s Student-Athlete on April 17 after a pair of stellar performances finishing the week with a 0.60 ERA and 15 strikeouts while walking two in 11.2 innings. In Penn's 1-0 Ivy League win over Dartmouth, Ferracane tossed her fifth complete game of the season and her first collegiate shutout by fanning a career-high 13 batters and scattering six hits. She also pitched 4.2 innings of relief in game two against Harvard, allowing just one run on two hits while striking out two batters.
Fellow rookie Annie Kinsey was named the Quakers’ Offensive MVP after a fantastic debut. The second baseman who started 38 games, was near the team lead in every offensive category. She finished her first season with a team-high .368 batting average, the third-best in the Ancient Eight and the sixth-highest in Penn history, 43 hits, 16 RBI and 55 total bases. She was third on the team with 15 runs and struck out just twice in 117 at-bats and finished the season ranked third in the nation as the toughest to strikeout. She also recorded nine multi-hit games. Kinsey was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on March 22 after an impressive hitting .455 with 11 total bases and three runs batted in and a run scored. In Penn's 9-4 victory over Lafayette at the Mizuno/Anderson Bash at the Beach on March 18, Kinsey went 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored. That same day, she went 2-for-3 with a RBI in Penn's 4-1 win over Saint Joseph's.
Junior Jen Nichols earned the Coaches’ Award after bouncing back from injury to put together a solid season for the Red and Blue. Nichols saw action in 32 games, starting 26 contests and posted a .253 batting average. She tied Kinsey with a team-high 16 runs batted in and led the Quakers with three home runs. She was second on the team with a .453 slugging percentage and collected 19 hits, 10 runs scored and a pair of stolen bases. Against Drexel on April 20, Nichols went 2-for-3 with a triple, a home run, four RBI and two runs scored. Her first home run of the season came on March 16 against Delaware when she hit a grand slam. Nichols was instrumental in some of Penn’s victories this season. Against Dartmouth on April 16 she scored the winning run. A week earlier, she homered in the Quakers’ come-from-behind win at Columbia. In the Penn’svictoryagainst Temple, she went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Quakers, who had six freshmen and 12 sophomores on the squad, finished the 2005 season with a 14-25 overall record and a 4-10 mark in the Ivy League.