Ong Named A Candidate For 2013 Senior Class Award

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Jennifer Ong. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

All-Northeast Region Selection Last Spring; Two-Time NFCA Scholar Athlete

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Jennifer Ong, the 2012 first team All-Ivy second baseman and a two-time NFCA Scholar Athlete, has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate softball.

Ong has excelled on the field, in the classroom and in the community during her time at Yale. She serves as a tutor and mentor for Squash Haven, an after-school program that provides individually directed academic enrichment, squash instruction and community service opportunities to New Haven public school students in grades 5 through 12. As part of the program, she serves as a mentor to one high school student. The two talk every week about academics, squash and other life events. Ong also volunteers with Bring Relief Every Day (BRED), which is part of the Yale Hunger and Homeless Action Project. Once a week, Ong collects leftover bread from a dining hall and brings it to two local halfway houses. In addition, she is a veteran leader in Yale's Kiphuth Leadership Academy. The group meets four times a semester to discuss with other student athletes how to become better leaders both on and off the field.

On the field, Ong is fifth in school history with 28 career doubles. Last spring as a junior, she was an NFCA first team All-Northeast Region selection. She finished third in the Ivy League in hits (54), fifth in batting average (.351), sixth in on base percentage (.409) and fifth in total plate appearances (171). One of only three players to start all 46 games, her 54 hits tied for the ninth most in a season in school history. She had at least one hit in all but eight games this spring and never went more than two games in a row without a hit. In addition, she was the 42nd toughest hitter to strike out in the nation.  In her sophomore year, Ong set the Yale single season record with 16 doubles. Her 0.38 doubles per game average was the third best in the nation. In addition, she finished as the 39th toughest player to strikeout in Division I, striking out just eight times in 153 at bats. Ong has played in 117 games in her career.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 

The 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Six were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and seven were members of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-America team.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Women's College World Series® in Oklahoma City May 30 through June 5.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity