May 14, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the sixth time in the 17-year tenure of John Stuper, the Mazzuto Family Head Coach for Baseball, a Yale pitcher has been named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year. This year, the league-wide honor goes to senior Brandon Josselyn. The 6'3 right-hander posted a 3-1 record in league contests in 2009 with a 3.41 earned run average and 35 strikeouts. In addition to that accolade, Josselyn earned first team All-Ivy honors alongside junior first baseman Trygg Larsson-Danforth. Senior Stefan Schropp grabbed second team All-Ivy laurels as a utility player for the second time in his career.
Josselyn, the 2009 recipient of the Raymond W. "Ducky" Pond Award as the Elis' top pitcher, is the ninth Yale hurler to claim Pitcher of the Year honors, and the first since Josh Sowers `05 in 2005. The senior, who is expected to be selected in the upcoming MLB First Year Player Draft, was 5-3 with a 4.29 earned run average as the ace of the Bulldogs' staff. His first team All-Ivy selection marks the second consecutive year that a Yale pitcher has earned the distinction, following in the footsteps of Steve Gilman '07, who is currently in the Detroit Tigers organization.
Larsson-Danforth joins Josselyn on the All-Ivy first team, coming off of a breakout season. The 6'6 lefty hit .314 in Ivy League play with five home runs and 22 runs batted in. Overall, the first baseman hit a team-best .344 and led the Elis with seven roundtrippers and 37 RBI. For his efforts, Larsson-Danforth also received the G.H. Walker, Jr. Award as the Bulldogs' Most Valuable Player. Marc Sawyer '07, who was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in 2007, was the last Yale first baseman to garner a first team selection (2005, 2006, 2007). The Bulldogs have had at least one player selected to the All-Ivy first team in every season dating back to 2005.
Schropp, the captain of the 2009 Bulldogs, rounds out the 2009 honorees with his second consecutive second team nod as a utility player. The Ft. Myers, Fla. native played center field, left field, third base, first base and shortstop for Yale this season. Schropp hit a team-best .329 in Ivy League contests with two home runs and 15 runs batted in. For the season, the captain his .324 with three home runs and 28 RBI, ending his collegiate career on a 10-game hitting streak.
The complete 2009 All-Ivy baseball release is available here.
report filed by Drew M. Kingsley, Yale Sports Publicity