PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown softball team held its annual awards banquet at the Brown Faculty Club on Tuesday. Four individuals were honored with team awards while the four members of the class of 2014 received their white letter sweaters.
Seniors Jen Kries (Mission Viejo, Calif.), Danielle Palms (Smithfield, R.I.), Kristin Watterlond (East Granby, Conn.) and Kelsey Williams (Greenwood, Ind.) received their traditional white sweaters as four-year letter winners for the program.
"A heartfelt thank you to our seniors who led our team in a positive way all year," said Head Coach Katie Flynn. "We are so proud of your contributions to the program on and off the field as mentors, scholars, SAAC members, volunteers, athletes and teammates."
Freshman Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) was named the Outstanding First Year Athlete after leading the squad in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, runs scored and home runs.
"Christina had an outstanding freshman campaign, batting third or fourth in the order and playing in every contest," Flynn said. "Her versatility to contribute at three positions was impressive and she toughed it out through some nagging injuries."
Freshman Sarah Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.) received the Zuconni Strength Award as selected by Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Maureen Khairallah. Syrop was recognized for her focus and preparation in the weight room.
"Sarah distinguished herself as the player who came in every day to get better as an athlete in the eyes of our strength personnel," Flynn said. "She is an athlete who wants to work and get reps whenever she can in the cage or on the field."
Williams capped her career with the Best Defensive Player award for her performance in left field. "I thought Kelsey played with her hair on fire in left field all year," Flynn said. "She was all over the place on the wall, in foul territory or snagging a looper in short left. She picked up our pitching staff so many times and added six outfield assists. I felt that Kelsey finished her career playing her best and most confident softball."
Watterlond earned the team's Bruno Award, given to the athlete who best exemplifies the heart, dedication and determination of a Brown softball player. "Kristin is the ultimate teammate who a coach can count on to come to practice consistently positive with a smile on her face, ready to go," Flynn said. "She only has good days and great days. I appreciate the standard she set for our program with her hard work, attitude and extra effort for her teammates."