May 24, 2001
Brown sophomore Erin Durlesser (Santa Monica, CA) has been named to the First Team All-Ivy softball squad as a utility player for the 2001 season. Freshmen Melissa Brown (Moreno Valley, CA) and Laura Leonetti (Fresno, TX) were each named honorable mention, as a shortstop and outfielder, respectively.
Durlesser, one of only three Bears to start every single game this year, split her time between pitching and the "designated player" position. She ended second on the team in batting with a .302 average overall, ranking her among the top-15 in the league, and had a .327 average in Ivy games only. Her 10 doubles led the Brown squad, and her 18 RBI was second on the team. On the mound, Durlesser threw 109 innings, the most of any Bear, and struck out a team-high 54 batters for the season. Players averaged only .264 against her at the plate.
Brown was the starting shortstop for the Bears and played every game, also seeing time pitching in nine different contests this year. Her quickness and strong arm made her a key contributor at shortstop, while opponents averaged only .303 off her on the mound. Although she hit .233 overall for the season, her batting in Ivy games only was among the top-15 in the league with a .350.
Leonetti was the starting center fielder for Brown this year and a constant threat at the plate. She hit .229 for the season overall and ranked among the top-ten in the league for hitting in Ivy games only with a .361 average.