Brooke Wensel Named PL Defensive Player of the Year
EASTON, Pa. -- Sophomore shortstop Brooke Wensel has been named the Patriot League Softball Defensive Player of the Year, announced on Tuesday afternoon.
Wensel, an All-Patriot League Second-Team selection in 2016, is the third Lafayette player in program history to receive a major award in softball and first since Christina Giambrone was named the Player of the Year in 2009. (Giambrone was also named the Rookie of the Year in 2007 and Jen Rothrock was named the Player of the Year in 1996 and 1997.)
The Bechtelsville, Pa. native turned eight double plays in 2017, including a tie for top marks against League opponents with four. In 98 Patriot League chances, the sophomore committed just two errors at short, assisting on 56 plays and putting out 40 to rank as the top-fielding player at short in the Patriot League.
"We are excited for Brooke to receive this honor and proud of her performance this season. This is well deserved! Brooke has always been a great defender but she stepped up her game this year and became extremely consistent," said Lafayette head coach Jexx Varner. "We reset the program record for fielding percentage this year and led the Patriot League in nearly every defensive category. Brooke was definitely one of the anchors for those accomplishments. She is the best shortstop I've ever coached and one of the best shortstops around. This award only helps solidify that standing."
The Leopards set a school record for fielding percentage in 2017, as their .970 mark eclipsed the record set by the 2016 team (.967)
At the plate, Wensel hit for a .236 average in 2017, leading the team with three home runs while starting every game at shortstop. For her career, she has started 86 games and holds a .285 career batting average, including a rooking season in which she was the team's rookie of the year while hitting at a .324 clip.