PHILADELPHIA – The University of Pennsylvania’s head softball coach Leslie King announced today that eight incoming freshmen, hailing from seven different states, will join the team and don red and blue for the 2015 season.
“I like this incoming class,” said King. “They have a nice mix of speed, power, pitching and defense. I also like the diversity of the group coming from all parts of the country. They will add a lot to our team and to the Penn community.”
Rachel Cullen, Jurie Joyner, Hayley Metcalf, Molly Oretsky, Kata Pance, Katie Petroski, Sarah Rowley, and Mason Spichiger will join a Quaker team that returns 12 letterwinners including two first-team All-Ivy performers, Leah Allen (also unanimously named the 2014 Rookie of the Year) and Kanani Datan; three second-team All-Ivy selections, Alexis Borden, Sydney Turchin, Alexis Sargent; and honorable mention All-Ivy utility player Lauren Li.
The Class of 2018 members will be stepping onto the field and joining a Penn team that is hoping to reclaim the Ivy League title, after winning the South Division three years in a row and competing in the program’s first NCAA playoff berth in 2013.
Meet the Penn Softball Class of 2018
Rachel Cullen - Catcher
Long Beach, Calif./Robert A. Millikan
High School: Four-year letterwinner … First-team all-league (2014) … Four-year member of CSF … Three-year member of National Honor Society … Quest Club member for three years … Principal’s Honor Roll for four years … Four-year recipient of Over 4.0 Award … Recipient of All E’s Award.
Personal: Daughter of Judy and Matt Cullen … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach King on Rachel: “Rachel provides a strong presence behind the plate.She is a good communicator and leader which will help her transition well to college ball.She also provides a strong right-handed bat.”
Jurie Joyner - Infield
High School: Two-year captain and four-year letterwinner … AAAAA State and Region champion (2014) … Wendy’s High School Heisman Female Athlete recipient (2014) … GHSA AAAAA State Defense Award for Catcher (2014) … Two-time first-team all-state (2013-14) … Second-team all-state (2012) … Three-time first-team all-region (2012-14) … State All-Star South Team (2014) … GADC All-Star Team (2014) … Second-team all-region (2011) … Three-time Ola Softball Offensive MVP (2011-12, 14) … Ola’s Softball Defensive MVP (2013) … Ola’s underclass Female Athlete of the Year (2012) … Three-time Ola’s Academic Athlete Award recipient (2012-14) … Recipient of Ola’s underclassman Academic Award (2011) … Also a three-year letterwinner in golf … Three-time undefeated AAAAA Region champion (2011-13) … Team finished in Top Eight in AAAAA State (2011-13) … Recipient of the Georgia Certificate of Merit … President’s Education Award recipient … All-Honors Excellence Awards … Four-year member of SkillsUSA … SkillsUSA State Finisher … Mock Trial member and Lead Attorney for four years.
Personal: Daughter of Carna and Jason Joyner … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach King on Jurie: “Jurie is a true power threat at the plate. She can catch and play either corner. Her experience playing top level ball has prepared her well for college ball. We are excited to see her swing the bat during league play.”
Hayley Metcalf - 3B/OF
Manassas, Va./Bishop O’Connell
High School: A captain and four-year letterwinner … Three-time Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC) champion (2011-13) … Three-time Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association (VISAA) champion (2012-14) … First-team All-Met and MVP (2014) … Recipient of Outstanding Performance Award (2014) … First-team all-state and first-team All-WCAC (2013-14) … Second-team All-WCAC and second-team all-state (2012) … National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society member … Rho Kappa Honor Society member … Kappa Tau Alpha Honor Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Monika and Jim Metcalf … Sister, Devon Metcalf, was an assistant coach during the 2012 season at Penn … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach King on Hayley: “Hayley is a speed merchant. She plays third and the outfield equally well, but her biggest asset is her speed and the problems she can create for opposing defenses from the left side of the plate.”
Molly Oretsky - 3B
High School: Captain and three-year letterwinner … Helped team to three district and area championships (2012-14) … Two-time Regional Quarter-Finalist (2012-13) … Regional Semi-Finalist (2014) … Three-time first-team 20-5A All-District … Bellaire record holder for a right-handed hitter batting average in a season (.486) … Second all-time for home runs (6), stolen bases (37), and RBIs (52) in a season … Jewish Herald Voice All Greater Houston Area nominated athlete … National Honor Society member … Spanish National Honor Society member … Two-time AP Scholar … Recipient of Best Physics Student Award … Chief of School Newspaper … Honorable Mention Interscholastic League Press Conference Broadcast story … First place Interscholastic League Press Conference Entertainment Story winner … First place Writing Project at Balfour Communications … First place Sports Magazine Winner at Balfour Communications … Bellaire Film Society member.
Personal: Daughter of Elizabeth and Andrew Oretsky … Has a twin brother, Zachary, who plays baseball at Trinity University (Texas) … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach King on Molly: “Molly is another player who can fill the void at third base.She is a solid defensive player who will surprise people with her power at the plate.”
Kata Pance - 2B/SS
Saratoga, Calif./Archbishop Mitty
High School: Three-year letterwinner … Two-time CCS Division II champion (2012, 14) … Three-time WCAL League champion (2012-14) … Two-time Livermore Stampede champion (2013-14) … Scholar Athlete of the Year (2014) … Offensive Player of the Year (2011) … Also played basketball … Earned Most Improved Player in 2011 … National Honor Society member … Recipient of the English Department Certificate Award (2014) … Two-time recipient of the Certificate of Physical Achievement (2011-12).
Personal: Daughter of Gordana and Aleksandar Pance … Has three poems published … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach King on Kata: “Kata is an athletic middle infielder who comes from one of the top high school teams in the country. She has played with and against some top athletes, which should put her in good shape to compete at this level.”
Katie Petroski - CF/2B
High School: Captain and four-year letterwinner … CT Class M State Champion (2014) … Three-time Naugatuck Valley League champion (2011-12, 14) … Four-time CT All-State (2011-14) … Four-time All-Naugatuck Valley League (2011-14) … Three-time All-Valley (2011-13) … Four-time All-Academic Naugatuck Valley League (2011-14) … Republican American Player of the Year (2014) … Naugatuck Valley League Outstanding Senior in Softball (2014) … Seymour High School Outstanding Senior in Softball (2014) … Naugatuck Valley League Female Athlete of the Year (2014) … Also a captain and three-year letterwinner in indoor track … Two-time Naugatuck Valley League champion in the 300m and 600m (2012-13) … Naugatuck Valley League champion in the 55m (2012) … Two-time Most Outstanding Sprinter and Most Outstanding Overall Female Performance (2012-13) … National Honor Society member … Recipient of the Harvard Book Award … Newspaper Club Editor … Board of Education Recognition of Academic Excellence … Recipient of The Rensselaer Medal Award for Math and Science … HOPE Club Officer … High School Volunteer Council, Valley United Way … Recipient of the Seymour High School Department Award in World Language … Joseph J. Gesek Honor Roll Certificate of Excellence.
Personal: Daughter of Denise and Kenneth Petroski … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach King on Katie: “Katie is a tremendous athlete that can play shortstop and in the outfield. She also runs very well. We are excited to see what she can do in the Ivy League.”
Sarah Rowley - OF
Lithia, Fla./Strawberry Crest
High School: Four-year letterwinner … 6A-11 District champion (2013) … 4A-9 District champion (2011) … Second-team All-Western Conference (2014) … Honorable Mention All-Hillsborough County (2014) … Recipient of Coach’s Award (2013) … National Achievement Finalist and Scholarship Recipient … National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society member … Tri-M Honor Society member … Member of Chamber Orchestra … All-County Orchestra as a freshman … Four-year Cello section leader … Model United Nations Club Co-Founder and Vice President.
Personal: Daughter of Toni Richards-Rowley and Peter Rowley … Enrolled in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Coach King on Sarah: “Sarah plays a very fundamentally sound outfield. She is developing her offensive game so that she can be a triple threat from the left side of the plate. We look forward to watching her grow.”
Mason Spichiger - P
Annandale, N.J./North Hunterdon Regional
High School: Three-year letterwinner … Sectional champion in 2014 … Group4 States champion in 2014 ... Three-time first-team all-conference, all-county, all-area, and All-West Jersey (2012-14) … West Jersey Player of the Year and Hunterdon County Player of the Year in 2013 … Two-time first-team All-Group4 (2013-14) … Third-team all-state (2013) … Second-team all-state (2014) … Recipient of the Irons Award (2014) … MVP Award (2014) … Set North Hunterdon Regional overall strikeout record … Holds top two records with most strikeouts per season … Named Skylands Conference Scholar Athlete of the Year … Also was a captain and four-year letterwinner in swimming … Named Rookie of the Year in 2010 … Named second-team all-conference as a freshman (2010-11) … Recipient of the Irons Award (2014) … Member of Academic Achievement Society (2010-14) … National Honor Society and German Honor Society member … German Student of the Month in 2011 … Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society) member … Received the AP Scholar Award in 2013.
Personal: Daughter of Patty and Dan Spichiger … Enrolled in Wharton with a concentration in Actuarial Science.
Coach King on Mason: “Mason will add depth to our pitching staff and a different look than some of our other pitchers.We expect her to continue to develop and refine her pitches and add a valuable arm to our staff.She can also swing the bat.”