Brown Picks Up Ivy Pitcher of the Week Accolade

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.– Sophomore pitcher Rachel Brown of the Harvard softball team has been named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. The announcement marks the third time Brown has received the award in her young career.

Brown racked up a pair of shutout wins at the season-opening UCF Tournament in Orlando, Fla. In the Crimson's first game of the season, Brown went eight innings in a 1-0 victory over Georgia Southern. She scattered three hits and walked none while totaling 15 strikeouts, including striking out eight of the first nine batters she faced. Brown also allowed just three hits in seven innings in a 4-0 shutout of Boston College to close the tourney, striking out nine Eagles and issuing just one walk. Brown also threw 0.2 innings of perfect relief in a 1-0 loss to the College of Charleston.

Senior third baseman Melissa Schellberg was named to the Ivy honor roll after a solid weekend in Florida, where she picked up four hits in 13 at-bats. The senior drove a base hit up the middle in her first at-bat of the season against Georgia Southern and added a double in a 3-1 loss to Providence. Schellberg was 1 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored in the 4-0 win over Boston College and leaves Orlando on a three-game hit streak. The Las Vegas native is third on the Crimson with a .308 batting average and leads the team with 10 assists in the field and a perfect fielding percentage.

The Crimson returns to action March 12 as it begins play at the Amy S. Harrison Classic, hosted by UC Riverside.