Penn's Allen Named ECAC Softball Rookie of the Year
CENTREVILLE, Mass. -- Penn freshman outfielder Leah Allen was named the ECAC's Rookie of the Year this week in voting by the region's head coaches.
Allen was a first-team All-ECAC selection along with Dartmouth sophomore Morgan McCalmon, who was the Ivy League Player of the Year this season.
Allen finished her rookie season hitting .383 for the Quakers. The first unanimous Rookie of the Year selection since Harvard's Kasey Lange in 2011, Allen had a League-best 13 home runs and 43 RBIs. The 13 homers set the Penn single-season mark. Her .759 slugging percentage was best in the League and ranks among the nation's leaders. In 20 League games, Allen batted .458 with an amazing slugging percentage of 1.051. Ten of her home runs came against Ivy competition.
Allen was a unanimous selection as the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and earned second-team all-region honors from the NFCA.
McCalmon led the League in batting, hitting at a .389 clip. In 20 League games this season, McCalmon hit .456, going 31-for-56 with five home runs and 25 RBIs. She hit safely in 18 of 20 Ivy League games during the regular season. She had the longest hitting streak in the League this season at 17 straight games, which ranks as the fifth-longest in League history.