Nine Players Honored With All-Ivy League Softball Status

The Crimson had nine players receive All-Ivy accolades (Gil Talbot).

Nine members of the Harvard softball team, more than any other squad in the Ancient Eight, have been awarded All-Ivy League status, the league announced Friday.

Sophomore pitcher Rachel Brown earned her second straight first-team selection, one of two unanimous first-team nods for Harvard. Brown led the league in a number of categories, including strikeouts (233), appearances (34), shutouts (eight), opponent batting average (.178) and earned-run average (1.37). Classmate Whitney Shaw, the Crimson’s first baseman, also garnered a unanimous first-team bid after leading the league with 13 home runs and driving in 42 runs on the season. Junior second baseman Ellen Macadam rounded out Harvard’s first-team selections, pacing the Crimson with a .365 batting average in 2010.

Senior pitcher Margaux Black earned her first All-Ivy accolade as one of two pitchers named to the second team. After receiving All-Ivy honorable mention nods in her first three seasons, senior third baseman Melissa Schellberg received second-team accolades in 2010. Senior outfielder Jennifer Francis picked up a second-team nod, her third league award in her career.

Senior catcher Jessica Pledger, classmate centerfielder Stephanie Krysiak and freshman designated player Jessica Ferri all received All-Ivy honorable mention accolades.

The nine recognized players are the most for Harvard since 2008, when the Crimson also had nine All-Ivy honorees.