Softball's Committed to Making an Impact in 2005

After laying the foundation for success in her first season at the helm of the Red and Blue, Head Coach Leslie King Moore and the rest of the Quakers are ready to hit the field in 2005. While the team is young, with just three upperclassmen returning, the Red and Blue is committed to making an impact this season.

Providing experience and guidance to the large sophomore and freshman classes will be outfielder Kim Le. A team tri-captain and lone senior, Le has been a fixture in the Quaker lineup since her rookie season.

“She does a fabulous job leading both on and off the field,” King Moore said. “She has a tremendous work ethic, good character and is very unselfish. No matter what, she will always put the team first.”

Juniors Meghan Cowen and Jen Nichols will also be looked to for leadership as tri-captains. Cowen will again be at the hot corner and is coming off a solid sophomore campaign in which she earned second team All-Ivy League accolades. She led the team in batting average (.316), runs (13), hits (31), walks (12) and stolen bases (5). Nichols, who banged out 19 hits last year, will split time at both catcher and shortstop.

There will be 12 sophomores and six rookies taking the field and will provide a great deal of depth at all positions.

“There is no doubt that will have a very young team again, but the sophomore class will be the nucleus of the team,” King Moore said. “With a year under their belts, they will soon become impact players.”

Leading the sophomore class will be pitcher Lindsey Permar. An All-Ivy honorable mention recipient, Permar immediately made her presence known in the Penn lineup. As a starter, she set a program record with 112 strikeouts. She started 20 games, going the distance in 13 of those contests, and posted a 2.74 earned run average and walked just 27 batters in more than 127 innings of work.

“Pitching is very important to our team and to help Lindsey, we have definitely added some depth with Olivia Mauro returning and newcomers Ann Ferracane and Michelle Rehm,” King Moore said. “With pitching depth we are a much more capable of containing the opposition and we are in a much stronger position this season.”

Mauro made 12 appearances, striking out 12 and walking eight as a rookie. Rehm was a four-year varsity starter at Westlake High School in Westlake Village, Calif., garnering all-league honors three times. Ferracane a native of upstate New York had a phenomenal career at Shaker High School in which she posted a 31-5 record, 0.282 ERA, 398 strikeouts in more than 247 innings, 24 shutouts, 5 no-hitters and a perfect game. In her final season, she was named the New York State Section II Player of the Year leading Shaker to an undefeated league season, the league championship and to the sectional championship game, posting a 13-0 record, with a 0.097 ERA and 123 strikeouts in 72 innings.

Calling the pitches will be sophomores Brandi King and Kaelin Ainely. Appearing in 31 games, King committed just two errors. She was also solid at the plate, with 16 hits and 11 runs scored. Ainley also did well at the plate recording 21 hits, including five doubles. Also seeing time at catcher will be Cynthia Wright, a Madison, N.J. native and a four-year varsity started at The Kent Place School.

The sophomore combination of Kim May and Casey Hare will split time at first base. May saw action in 28 games making just two errors, while Hare is a solid defensive replacement.

There is a tremendous amount of depth at second base with sophomores Steph Reichert and Julia Cheney and rookie Annie Kinsey. Reichert played in 27 games last season while Cheney appeared in 32 games may also see some time at third. Kinsey, who hails from West Hills, Calif., was a two-time team MVP at Louisville.

“There is a lot talent at second base both defensively and offensively,” King Moore said. “In addition, Annie is a very consistent player and has shown that she’ll be a force with the bat.”

Rounding out the middle will be Nichols and rookie shortstop Christina Khosravi. A San Diego, Calif. native, Khosravi a two-time all-league selection and earned defensive MVP honors at Rancho Bernardo.

“Christina had a solid fall season and displayed terrific defensive skills and did very well at the plate,” King Moore said.

Le will anchor the outfield with sophomores Teresa Leyden and Melissa Haffner. Leyden, a second team All-Ivy pick, was second on the team in hitting with a .276 average, 21 hits, and nine runs batted in. In center, Leyden had 31 putouts and 19 assists. Haffner adds some pop to the batting order finishing with 10 RBI a year ago and adds consistency to with just one error in the outfield. Sophomore Erin Boyle, newcomer Susan McIlvaine will also see playing time in the outfield.

“We feel that we will be turning the corner this season and playing with much more confidence,” King Moore affirmed. “Combined with our enthusiasm, work ethic, competitiveness and talent, we will continue to improve and will make an impact this season.”

-Written by Kelly McCarthy, athletic communications assistant