The college baseball season may be over, but that doesn't mean Penn baseball is done collecting hardware.
After a historic season that saw the Red and Blue win the Ivy League Championship and fall one win shy of becoming the first Ancient Eight team to ever advance to an NCAA Tournament Super Regional, several Quakers were recognized for their part in the campaign. Most significant was coach John Yurkow, who was awarded East Region Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
“About five or six years ago, I started telling people that our goal was to go win a regional. People looked at me and nodded their head; I don’t know how many of them really believed me," Yurkow said following Penn's season-ending loss to Southern Mississippi. "I think quite a few, after I walked away, probably gave a chuckle. But we made a pretty good run at it this weekend. I’m proud of what these guys did.”
Also receiving recognition were junior third baseman Wyatt Henseler and senior catcher Jackson Appel, who were named to the PhillySIDA Academic All-Area team. Henseler was also named Area Co-Performer of the Year.
Finally, sophomore pitcher Ryan Dromboski was selected to the ABCA/Rawlings All-Northeast Region Second-Team, one of just two Ivy League players to earn the honor this season. Dromboski was named the Ancient Eight Pitcher of the Year after a dominant season that included a 3.17 ERA and a conference-leading 97 strikeouts.
The Quaker roster may look very different next season, with key seniors out the door and a new standard to uphold. But if postseason awards are any indication, this season will be one the Quakers carry with them for years to come.