May 4, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ashley Sloan, who led the Yale softball team in hits (46), runs scored (31) and stolen bases (12), has been elected captain of the 2009-10 Bulldogs. The announcement was made on Friday night at the annual post-season banquet.
"I'm honored and excited that I was elected by my teammates as captain," said Sloan, who was one of only three players to start all 44 games this spring. "I hope to bring energy and competitiveness that I know reflects the attitudes of every girl on our team and to serve as one of our many examples of a willingness to do anything for the person playing next to me."
Sloan, an Elk Grove Village, Ill., native, will enter her senior season needing 42 hits to become Yale's all-time leader. She also is currently fourth in school history in runs with 96, 39 shy of Kathy Ching's Yale record. Sloan has earned All-Ivy recognition in each of her first two seasons with the Bulldogs. The 2009 All-Ivy team will be announced soon.
"The girls in my class are all great leaders and would each do an awesome job in the same position," Sloan said. "We have a lot of people who have stepped up on our team this past year, and I think it really says a lot about our dedication and passion for the game."
"We've had three great captains since I've been a part of Yale Softball," Sloan said. "Each one brought something valuable to their role as a leader. I've learned leaders can be effective if they know their strengths and use them to the best of their ability."
Four team awards were presented at the banquet. Deanna DiBernardi received the Barbara Chou Leadership Award, was named the most improved player and shared the most valuable player award with Megan Enyeart.
DiBernardi enjoyed an outstanding senior season for the Bulldogs. She led the Yale pitching staff in ERA (2.05), wins (10) and opponent batting average (.225). In the final weekend of the season, she tossed a no-hitter against Brown, and then beat the Bears again the next day to earn Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors.
Enyeart started 43 games at first base and led the team in doubles (11), RBI (30) and slugging percentage (.500) and shared the team lead in home runs (3). Her 40 career doubles are a school record and she finished her career second all-time at Yale with 90 RBI.
Freshman Chelsea Janes was the recipient of the Andy Van Etten Coaches Award, which is bestowed upon the player who represents the ideals of Yale Softball that go beyond statistics. Janes appeared in 19 games for the Bulldogs.
Yale finished the season with a 22-22 overall record, the fourth straight with at least 20 wins. The Bulldogs were 11-9 in Ivy play, their first winning league mark since 2003. Seven starters and 11 letterwinners will return for the 2010 season.
"I hope to keep that improvement going over the next year together with my teammates, who are driven and motivated to work harder than ever," Sloan said. "I can't wait to get started."
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity