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Bryant Comes to Cambridge For Softball Home Opener

Pictured: Harvard softball opens its 2010 home schedule with a doubleheader against Bryant.
Photo Courtesy: DSPics.com


Storyline

Harvard opens its 2010 home schedule with a pair of games against non-league opponent Bryant. Tuesday's game marks the first for the Crimson in the Northeast after beginning its season with 16 games in Florida and California. This also marks Bryant’s first road game in the Northeast as the Bulldogs are coming off a five-game homestand where they posted a 2-3 record.

Last Time Out
The Crimson endured a trying final day of its spring break trip, dropping closely contested games to Long Beach State, 1-0, and San Diego State, 4-0, Saturday on the campus of San Diego State. Rachel Brown started game one on the mound for Harvard and allowed no runs and one hit in three innings of work, picking up a pair of strikeouts. In game two, Stephanie Krysiak, Ellen Macadam, Emily Henderson, Jennifer Francis and Melissa Schellberg all had hits for Harvard.

Spring Break 2010
Harvard played 11 games in nine days on its annual spring break trip, compiling a 2-9 record in games played in Riverside, Los Angeles and San Diego, Calif. The two Crimson wins both came against Northern Illinois at the Amy S. Harrison Classic.

Brown Out
Rachel Brown has been credited with all four Harvard victories on the mound so far this season. The sophomore leads the team in every major pitching category and was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week for March 9 after picking up two wins on the opening weekend of the season.

Crimson Statistical Leaders
Melissa Schellberg leads the Crimson with a .263 batting average and is tied for the team lead with Jennifer Francis with 10 hits. Francis and Ellen Macadam have team-high totals of five RBI while Macadam has scored six runs to lead the squad. Emily Henderson leads Harvard with six stolen bases in seven attempts, while Macadam is close behind with five on the year.

Rachel Brown has pitched 51 innings for Harvard, compiling 70 strikeouts and holding opposing hitters to a .217 batting average. Jessica Ferri has racked up 11 strikeouts on the year in 27.1 innings pitched.

On the Horizon
Harvard wraps up its brief homestand with a single game against local rival Boston University Thursday at 4 p.m.