PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball and head coach Katie Flynn recognized the team's three seniors and six award winners as part of the Bears' annual year-end banquet at the Brown Faculty Club on Tuesday night.
Junior Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) earned Team Most Valuable Player honors, senior Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) gained Best Defensive Player accolades, and senior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) garnered the program's Bruno Award given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the heart, dedication, and determination of a Brown softball player.
Freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) won the team's Most Outstanding First-Year award, sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) took home the program's Most Improved Player award, and freshman Katie O'Leary (Manteca, Calif.) earned the Zucconi Strength Award as selected by the strength and conditioning staff for focus and preparation in the weight room.
Freshmen Karina Chavarria (San Bruno, Calif.), Madi Cranford (Escondido, Calif.), Grace Ladd (Boulder, Colo.), Katie O'Leary (Manteca, Calif.), and Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) all left with their brown letter sweaters, the traditional gift bestowed upon Brown's first-year student-athletes.
Team MVP: Meghan Wimmer
- Led the team in batting average (.398) home runs (seven), RBIs (23), runs (21), hits (39), on-base percentage (.496), slugging percentage (.724), and walks (18)
- Stood second in the Ivy League in slugging, third in OBP, and fifth in batting average
- Pitched five complete games and 72.2 innings on the year
- Served team as a captain
Best Defensive Player Award: Annie McGregor
- Finished her career with 15 home runs, ranking fourth all-time at Brown
- Ranked second on the team with five home runs and 21 RBIs
- Posted 324 putouts and 11 assists with just one error for a .997 fielding percentage
- Served team as a captain
Bruno Award: Katie Orona
- Given to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the heart, dedication, and determination of a Brown softball player.
- Finished her career with 246 strikeouts, ranking fourth all-time at Brown
- The 2017 Royce Fellow completed a thesis entitled "Prevalence and predictors of food insecurity among NCAA student-athletes"
- The Miliken Institute Scholar earned a 2018 Global Sport Community Fellowship
Most Outstanding First-Year: Anya Schmitz
- Started all 39 games at second base
- Posted a .288 batting average, .359 on-base percentage, 34 hits, 20 runs, seven RBIs, and five doubles on the year
- Led the Ivy League with 12 sacrifice bunts
- Earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Feb. 26
Most Improved Player: Emily Waters
- Posted a 4.33 ERA over 97.0 innings, 24 appearances, and 11 starts in the circle
- Registered a 3.62 ERA, 3-3 record, and two complete games over 67.2 innings in Ivy play
- Threw a complete-game shutout in a win over Penn (Apr. 1), tossing 7.0 innings and allowing four hits
- Earned Ivy League Pitcher of the Week on Apr. 2
Zucconi Strength Award: Katie O'Leary
- As selected by the strength and conditioning staff for focus and preparation in the weight room.
- Played in five games with six at bats on the year
- Made three appearances in Ivy League play