Brown Named Rookie of the Year; Six Crimson Players Honored by Ivy League

Brown Named Rookie of the Year; Six Crimson Players Honored by Ivy League

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Freshman Rachel Brown of the Harvard softball team has been named the 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She and fellow first-team honoree Jennifer Francis were among six Crimson players recognized with the release of the All-Ivy League teams Thursday afternoon.

Brown was one of two first-team All-Ivy League pitchers selected, while Francis was one of three outfielders chosen. Sophomore Emily Henderson was a second-team All-Ivy outfield selection, while senior catcher Hayley Bock, junior third baseman Melissa Schellberg and sophomore second baseman Ellen Macadam earned All-Ivy honorable mention.

A record-breaking season made Brown the third Harvard player and second in the last three years to earn selection as Ivy Rookie of the Year, joining Lauren Murphy in 2007 and Deborah Abeles '00 in 1997. The Crimson's other five selections were all repeat picks. Schellberg garnered honorable mention for the third straight season. Henderson made the All-Ivy League first team a year ago, while Bock, Francis and Macadam were all second-team honorees.

Brown posted a 16-7 record and struck out a school-record 211 batters this season. She threw a pair of one-hitters and three two-hitters and reached double-digits in strikeouts on 10 occasions. She was the tournament most valuable player at both the Miken Classic and Highlander Classic. Brown ranks ninth nationally with 9.8 strikeouts per game and 10th with four saves.

The San Diego native tied for third on Harvard's single-season wins list, and her earned-run average of 1.49 was the fifth lowest for a season in program history. After one season, Brown already ranks seventh on the Crimson's career strikeouts list and is tied for 12th on the program's all-time wins list.

Francis led the Crimson with a .311 overall batting average and 24 runs batted in but saved her best for Ivy League play. The junior rightfielder hit .368 against league foes, good for ninth in the Ancient Eight, and also led the Crimson with a .579 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage in league play. She started all 44 of Harvard's games, hit three home runs and scored 20 runs. She moved into sixth on Harvard's career RBI list (75) and eighth on the career home runs list (12).

Henderson led the Ivy League in stolen bases for the second straight season, with 15 overall and nine in Ivy play. She was the Crimson's second-leading Ivy hitter, batting .328 and scoring a team-best 14 runs in league games. Overall, she started 39 games and tied for second on the squad with 24 runs. Her 15 steals tied her for eighth on Harvard's single-season list and moved her up to third in program history with 43 career steals.

Bock had a dominant final season behind the plate, throwing out 15 runners attempting to steal, one off the school single-season record. The team co-captain also picked off five baserunners, limited Ivy opponents to 10 attempted steals and did not commit an error. She finished her career as the school record-holder in runners caught stealing (36) and times hit by pitch (29). She shared the team lead with four home runs to finish tied for ninth all-time at Harvard in home runs (11) and RBI (66).

Macadam was the Crimson's leading run-scorer with 25 and its third-leading hitter with a .288 average. She also stole nine bases and laid down a team-high eight sacrifice bunts. She started 43 games, mostly at second base, and committed just two errors in 165 chances for a .988 fielding percentage.

Schellberg played in all 44 games, starting 42 at third base. She tied for second on the team with 23 RBI and continued to thrive as a standout defensive third baseman and clutch hitter. Schellberg posted a .932 fielding percentage at the hot corner and struck out just six times in 131 plate appearances to rank as the 29th-toughest player in the country to strike out.

The Crimson finished 27-17 and 12-8 in the Ivy League to finish second in the Ivy League North Division. Harvard won the Miken Classic and Highlander Classic championships during its non-league season.

Player of the Year: Alyson Intihar, Cornell*
Pitcher of the Year: Elizabeth Dalrymple, Cornell*
Rookie of the Year: Rachel Brown, P, Harvard

First Team
P - Elizabeth Dalrymple, Cornell*
P - Rachel Brown, Harvard
C - Alisha Prystowsky, Penn*
1B - Ashley Garvey, Cornell
2B - Collette Abbott, Princeton
3B - Elise Menaker, Cornell
SS - Alyson Intihar, Cornell*
OF - Jessy Berkey, Cornell
OF - Jennifer Francis, Harvard
OF - Lauren Huddleston, Yale
DP - Molly Khalil, Dartmouth
UT - Kelsey Wolfe, Penn

* unanimous selection

Second Team
P - Jess Lupardus, Penn
P - Deanna DiBernardi, Yale
C - Leigha Clarkson, Dartmouth
1B - Alyssa Parker, Dartmouth
2B - Kirsten Costello, Dartmouth
3B - Ashley Gleason, Dartmouth
SS - Jamie Boccanfuso, Penn
OF - Nikki Yee, Dartmouth
OF - Emily Henderson, Harvard
OF - Keiko Uraguchi, Penn
OF - Ashley Sloan, Yale
DP - Katie Edwards, Yale
UT - Jamie Lettire, Princeton

Honorable Mention

P - Ali Tomlinson, Cornell
P - Rebecca Wojciak, Yale
C - Vanessa Leonhard, Cornell
C - Hayley Bock, Harvard
1B - Kelsey Wilson, Brown
1B - Danielle Pineda, Columbia
1B - Megan Enyeart, Yale
2B - Ellen Macadam, Harvard
3B - Melissa Schellberg, Harvard
SS - Kathryn Welch, Princeton
OF - Jackie Ecker, Columbia
OF - Sarah Patrick, Penn
OF - Kelsey Quist, Princeton
DP - Maggie Johnson, Columbia
DP - Meg Krasne, Penn
UT - Jackie Gionvanniello, Brown
UT - Kate Strobel, Brown