Shelbi Olson was one of two unanimous first-team selections
for Harvard (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five members of the 2013 Harvard softball team received All-Ivy League honors, the league announced Thursday. The Crimson had three players earn first-team status and two more garner second-team accolades.
The junior tandem of Kasey Lange and Shelbi Olson collected unanimous first team honors to lead the quintet of Crimson players. Lange earned the third unanimous first-team selection of her career, starting in 43 games for Harvard and playing a stellar third base. Her 13 homeruns this season helped her break the Harvard all-time homerun mark, and she led the league in RBI (43) and was second in slugging percentage (.756), homeruns (13) and total bases (96). She also led the Crimson in doubles (13), walks (23) and on-base percentage (.461).
Olson took a big step for the Crimson in her junior season, leading the squad with 49 hits and a .371 batting average. Her 20 stolen bases ranked first in the league, and she also stood within the top 10 in the Ancient Eight in hits (49), sacrifice hits (10) and batting average (.371). Olson was the lone captain for the Crimson in 2013, leading the squad to a runner-up finish in the Ivy North Division.
Sophomore shortstop Emily Gusse rounded out Harvard’s first-team selections, turning solid performances in league games into her first All-Ivy nod. Gusse stepped into the starting shortstop role in 2013 and was solid defensively for the Crimson, committing just six errors during league play. She was also one of Harvard’s most valuable run producers, ranking second on the squad with 24 RBI. She collected 36 hits on the year for Harvard, and was tied for third with seven doubles this season.
Senior Stephanie Regan and freshman Morgan Groom were the two second-team selections for the Crimson. Regan split time between the outfield and being the designated player, and ranked third on the team with 37 hits on the year. Her .311 batting average was third-highest on the squad and she was one of just five Harvard players to score 20 or more runs in 2013, crossing the plate 23 times.
Groom established herself as Harvard’s ace in her freshman campaign, throwing a team-high 125 innings. She ranked fourth in the league with an impressive 2.58 earned-run average, and had the second-lowest batting average against in the conference at .219. Her 96 strikeouts stood fifth in the league and she totaled nine complete games in her inaugural campaign.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Onorato, Yale (So., C - North Reading, Mass.)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (So., P - Katy, Texas)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Fr., SS/OF - San Diego, Calif.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY +
*Kristen Rumley, Dartmouth (So., P - Katy, Texas)
*Alexis Borden, Penn (So., P - Yorba Linda, Calif.)
*Sarah Onorato, Yale (So., C - North Reading, Mass.)
Georgia Guttadauro, Penn (Jr., 1B - Carlisle, Mass.)
Hillary Hubert, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B - Grant Park, Ill.)
*Kasey Lange, Harvard (Jr., 3B - Ladera Ranch, Calif.)
Emily Gusse, Harvard (So., SS - San Diego, Calif.)
Stephanie Caso, Penn (Sr., SS - Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Emily Caruthers, Columbia (Jr., OF - Rancho Murieta, Calif.)
*Shelbi Olson, Harvard (Jr., OF - Lenexa, Kan.)
*Brooke Coloma, Penn (Sr., OF - Martinez, Calif.)
Jessica Melendez, Penn (Sr., OF - Miami, Fla.)
Katie McEachern, Dartmouth (Fr., Utility - San Diego, Calif.)
Erin Belles, Cornell (Sr., DP - Dallas, Pa.)
* unanimous selections
+ There are two shortstops and four outfielders on the first team due to ties in the voting
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY %
Emily Kenyon, Columbia (Fr., P - Monmouth, Ore.)
Morgan Groom, Harvard (Fr., P - Lowell, Mich.)
Alex Peyton, Princeton (Sr., P - Fullerton, Calif.)
Maddie Cousens, Princeton (Jr., C - Albany, Calif.)
Christina Villalon, Cornell (Sr., 1B - Robstown, Texas)
Samantha Erosa, Penn (Sr., 2B - Bronx, N.Y.)
Alix Cook, Columbia (So., 3B - El Segundo, Calif.)
Alyssa Schmidt, Princeton (So., SS - Rocklin, Calif.)
Alyssa Swearingen, Columbia (Fr., OF - Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.)
Megan Averitt, Dartmouth (So., OF - Alameda, Calif.)
Sydney Turchin, Penn (Sr., OF - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Nikki Chu, Princeton (Sr., Utility - Carlsbad, Calif.)
Stephanie Regan, Harvard (Sr., DP - Humble, Texas)
% There are three pitchers on the second team due to tie in the voting
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Liz Caggiano, Columbia (So., C - Bellaire, Texas)
Morgan McCalmon, Dartmouth (Fr., 1B - Norman, Okla.)
Alex Peyton, Princeton (Sr., 1B - Fullerton, Calif.)
Stephanie Thompson, Brown (Sr., 2B - Chino, Calif.)
Trista Chavez, Brown (So., 3B - San Pedro, Calif.)
Emily Weinberg, Cornell (Fr., 3B - West Windsor, N.J.)
Janet Leung, Brown (Fr., SS - Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)
Tori Balta, Yale (Jr., OF - Valencia, Calif.)
Lauren Li, Penn (Fr., Utility - Los Angeles, Calif.)
Emily Snodgrass, Columbia (Jr., DP - Canby, Ore.)
Elysse Gorney, Penn (Jr., DP - Orlando, Fla.)