Softball Earns Five Post Season All-Ivy Honors

May 11, 2005

Five members of the Brown softball team earned All-Ivy post season honors for this past season in a vote by the league's eight head coaches. Senior Uchenna Omokaro (Hercules, CA), junior Jaimie Wirkowski (Edison, NJ), sophomore Courtney Jenkins (Piedmont, CA), and freshman LaQuisha Pierre-Louis (Miramar, FL) were all named to the Second Team while junior Rachel Fleitell (Nutley, NJ) earned Honorable Mention.

A two time All-Ivy post-season honoree, Omokaro was a dominant force on the mound for the Bears. Playing a tougher schedule and battling injury, Omokaro did not miss a beat posting a 9-6 overall record, with two shut outs. With an ERA of 1.67, Omokaro recorded 81 strikeouts in 102.2 innings of play, sacrificing 37 runs on 81 hits. Against Ivy League opponents, Omokaro pitched 40.0 innings, striking out 23 and giving up 29 hits for a 4-2 record. Omokaro was Brown University's RIAIAW Distinguished Female Athlete Of The Year and earned Brown's Marjorie Brown Smith Award at Brown University's All-Sports Banquet on May 5, which is presented to Brown's Female Athlete of the Year.

A three time Second Team All-Ivy honoree, Wirkowski finished the season with a .245 batting average. With 25 hits, Wirkowski ranked second among the Bears and third in RBI, recording ten. When facing Ivy League pitchers, Wirkowski's .256 batting average was second for the Bears, recording a team high 11 hits.

Jenkins was the leading force at the plate this past season, turning in the top numbers in every batting category for the Bears. With a .320 batting average, Jenkins recorded a team-high 32 hits, nine of which were doubles and hit the long ball four times, bringing in a team high 20 runners. With a .530 slugging percentage, Jenkins was ranked second in the Ivy League.

In a successful rookie campaign, Pierre-Louis was third on the team with an overall batting average of .274 on 17 hits. When in conference play, Pierre-Louis' .344 batting average led the team and ranked eighth in the Ancient Eight, posting 11 hits for a team leading .364 on base percentage.

With her first All-Ivy honor Fleitell earned Honorable Mention for her play this past season. Leading the nation in hit by pitches per game, Fleitell "took one for the team" 13 times leading the Bears with a .389 on base percentage, ranking her ninth in the Ivy League. Scoring a team high 20 runs overall this season, Fleitell ranked second in the league with 11 runs scored in Ivy play.