PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball and head coach Katie Flynn recognized the team's six-member senior class and six award winners as part of its annual year-end banquet at the Brown Faculty Club on Wednesday night.
Junior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) won the team's Most Valuable Player award while seniors Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.) and Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas) earned the program's Best Defensive Player Award and Bruno Award respectively.
Freshman Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.) garnered the team's Most Outstanding First-Year Award, sophomore Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) gained the Zucconi Strength Award, and junior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) took home the program's Most Improved Player Award.
Seniors Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas), Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.), Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.), Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.), Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.), and Sarah Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.) all earned their white letter sweaters.
Freshmen Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.), Sarah Fringer (Macomb Township, Mich.), Rebecca Mandelbaum (Livingston, N.J.), Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.), and Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) all left with their brown letter sweaters.
Team MVP: Annie McGregor (Junior, Carlsbad, Calif.)
- Started all 45 games
- Hit nine home runs, tied for the fourth-most in a single season at Brown
- Tallied 33 RBIs, the fourth-most in a single season at Brown
- Led the team in home runs, RBIs, hits (49), doubles (10), triples (three), batting average (.348), and slugging percentage (.652)
- Ranked second on the team in runs (30) and on-base percentage (.391)
Most Outstanding First Year: Kaitlin Okimoto (Freshman, Burbank, Calif.)
- Started all 45 games at shortstop
- Led the team in runs (33), walks (22), and on-base percentage (.423)
- Ranked second on the team in batting average (.326), hits (45), home runs (six), RBIs (25), and stolen bases (four)
- Hit .324 with 22 hits, 14 runs, three homers, and eight RBIs in Ivy play
- Recorded a 13-game hit streak from Mar. 26 to Apr. 13
Best Defensive Player Award: Julia Schoenewald (Senior, Jamison, Pa.)
- Played in 39 games with 35 starts
- Served team as captain for third straight year
- Tallied a .250 batting average, 23 hits, five doubles, two triples, two home runs, 15 RBIs, and 12 runs
- Posted a .355 on-base percentage and .413 slugging percentage
Most Improved Player: Grayson Metzger (Junior, Severna Park, Md.)
- Played in and started 44 games, primarily in the outfield
- Tallied a .288 batting average, 32 hits, 17 runs, nine doubles, 18 RBIs, and a home run on the year
- Registered a .371 on-base percentage and .396 slugging percentage
- Posted seven multi-hit games
Zucconi Strength Award: Meghan Wimmer (Sophomore, Boothwyn, Pa.)
- As selected by the strength and conditioning staff for focus and preparation in the weight room.
- Played in 27 games, making 22 appearances and 17 starts in the circle
- Tallied a 4.31 ERA, 6-11 record, eight complete games, and 41 strikeouts over 105.2 innings
- Hit .389 with 14 hits, four runs, six doubles, seven RBIs, and a home run
- Posted a .480 batting average with 12 hits, six doubles, a homer, .840 slugging percentage, and .483 on-base percentage in Ivy play
Bruno Award: Christina Andrews (Senior, Southlake, Texas)
- Given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the heart, dedication, and determination of a Brown softball player.
- Played in 42 games with 41 starts
- Served team as captain
- Tied for the team lead with 10 doubles
- Ranked third on the team in runs (26), hits (41), home runs (five)
- Recorded a .318 batting average, .384 on-base percentage, and .543 slugging percentage
White Sweaters: Christina Andrews (Southlake, Texas), Gina Chieffallo (Eynon, Pa.), Lauren Hanna (Milford, Mass.), Leah Nakashima (San Jose, Calif.), Julia Schoenewald (Jamison, Pa.), and Sarah Syrop (Kennesaw, Ga.).
- Traditional gift bestowed upon Brown's seniors.
Brown Sweaters: Raquel Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.), Sarah Fringer (Macomb Township, Mich.), Rebecca Mandelbaum (Livingston, N.J.), Kaitlin Okimoto (Burbank, Calif.), and Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.).
- Traditional gift bestowed upon Brown's first-year student-athletes.