May 12, 2006
The Brown softball team earned four All-Ivy honors as senior shortstop Mary Seid was named to the Second Team, while junior Melissa Ota and freshmen Kaitlyn Laabs and Kelsey Wilson all earned Honorable Mentions.
Seid wrapped up her four-year career at Brown with an impressive final season, leading the Bears in almost every batting category, being named Ivy League Player of the Week twice and earned MVP honors at the UMBC Tournament in March. Batting .389 in the lead-off position, Seid was a force at the plate, and ranked fourth in the Ivy League in batting and also ranked second in on base percentage with a .447 average and runs scored with 32. At Brown's 16th Annual All-Sports Banquet, Seid was awarded the Bessie H. Rudd Award, given to the female varsity athlete who has done the most to promote women's sports during the year. Earlier this week the four-year letterwinner was named a CoSIDA District I Second Team Academic All-American, maintaining a 3.26 GPA and double concentrating in Geophysics and Math.
Ota, the Bear's third baseman, was one of four Brown players to appear and start in all 45 games this season. Prowling the left side of the infield, Ota was quick with both her glove and bat, knocking down shots to the left side and finding the gaps when at the plate. Finishing the year with a .248 batting average, Ota was second on the team in walks (19), on base percentage (.371) and runs scored (19). Out of Ota's 143 plate appearances she notched 29 hits, two of which were homeruns and recorded 41 total bases, ranking third in each of those categories. While playing defense Ota's .979 fielding percentage was third on the Bears.
First year players Laabs and Wilson made their presence felt immediately, as Laabs' .312 batting percentage and Wilson's .297 where the second and third best for Brown. Laabs was a clutch performer and sealed the deal in the Bear's come from behind win over Harvard hitting the two run shot to give Brown the 11-10 win on April 15. Wilson saw action in the outfield, infield and the circle, going 4-1 in 31.0 innings of action. The first year hurler made her debut in the loss against Harvard coming in, for relief and allowing one run on two hits in the 1.1 innings of work. Wilson came firing back in the second game and took the mound in the middle of the fourth and allowed two runs on three hits in 3.2 innings of work. With a 2.26 ERA and a team low 12 hits, Wilson led the young pitching staff. At the plate Wilson filled the number four spot and was second on the team in hits, recording 42, nine of which were doubles ranking second for Brown.