Softball Has Seven Receive All-Ivy Recognition

PHILADELPHIA – The Ivy League officehasannounced the 2009 softball All-Ivy teams.

Headlined by catcher Alisha Prystowsky and utility player Kelsey Wolfe on the first team, seven Quakers received All-Ivy recognition after finishing second in the South Division behind eventual Ivy Champion Cornell.

Pitcher Jessie Lupardus, outfielder Keiko Uraguchi and shortstop Jamie Boccanfuso were named to the second team, while designated player Meg Krasne and outfielder Sarah Patrick received honorable mention.

One of only three unanimous All-Ivy picks this year, this is Prystowsky’s second time on the first team – the sophomore was honored during her rookie season. Prystowsky was named to the weekly honor roll several times in 2009 and finished the season with the highest on-base percentage in the conference and the seventh highest batting average. Playing in all 44 of Penn’s games, Prystowsky ended 2009 with team highs in batting average (.372), runs (35), doubles (15), home runs (five) and slugging percentage (.636). Shealso had45 hits.

Classmate,Wolfe spent time as catcher, first basemen and designated player, making her the ultimate utility player for the Quakers. The sophomore finished the season with a .303 batting average, including 37 hits and a home run.

The Red and Blue had three players on the second-team. Lupardus, who was the Ivy League's2008 Rookie of the Year, led the pitching staff with a 1.54 ERA – third lowest in the conference. Lupardus recordednine ofPenn’s 15 wins with 91 strikeouts. Uraguchi, a two-time honorable mention All-Ivy, commanded the outfield from center. With her quick feet, Uraguchiswiped a team-high 10 bases – fourth best in the Ancient Eight. Boccanfuso had an impressive rookie campaign as she registered a team-high 49 hits, including two home runs and six doubles, for a .353 batting average. The freshman’s 49 hits rankedher sixth in the Ivies this season and the most by any freshmen. She was also named Rookie of the Week (3/17) after driving in the winning run in Penn’s 3-2 winover Florida A&M.

Freshmen Krasne and Patrick round out the Quakers who received All-Ivy recognition. Both had stellar rookie seasons, as Krasne added 19 hits and a home run, while Patrick provided defense in the outfield and added 32 hits and three home runs.

The Quakers finished the 2009 season 15-28-1, including 10-10 in the Ancient Eight.

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