Shelbi Olson is one of four Harvard hitters with a batting average above .300 on the season (Harvard Athletic Communications).
The Ivy League North-leading Harvard softball team takes on division rival Yale in a pair of Ancient Eight doubleheaders this weekend in New Haven, Conn. The Crimson shares the overall Ivy League lead with Cornell as both squads boast 7-1 Ivy records.
Harvard has been dominant in the all-time series with Yale, owning a 50-18 record in 68 career matchups. The Crimson has won 14 of the last 16 meetings, including the 10 most recent matchups.
Last year, Harvard made short work of the Bulldogs, invoking the eight-run rule in three of the four games played. Two-hit games by Ellen Macadam '11, Stephanie Regan and Ashley Heritage helped Harvard to an 8-0, six-inning victory in Game 1 behind nine strikeouts from Rachel Brown, and Whitney Shaw's four RBI led to an 11-1, five-inning final in Game 2. Yale found its offense in the third game of last year's series, but it was once again outdone by the Crimson as Macadam picked up three hits in a 12-11 slugfest. Kasey Lange drove in five runs in the series finale, capping the day with an 11-3 win to seal the season series sweep.
Scouting The Crimson
Jane Alexander continues to be the offensive sparkplug for the Crimson. She leads the team, and is ranked 10th in the nation, with a .447 batting average, and also has a team-high 42 hits, eight doubles, three triples and eight steals. Kasey Lange is hitting an impressive .376 and is the team's top run producer with 25 RBI so far this season. Lange also holds the team lead with five home runs, and is the defending Ivy League Player of the Week.
Rachel Brown has been steadily racking up strike outs through the season and leads the Crimson with 157 on the year. She also has a team-best 1.62 earned run average and as pitched 112.0 innings this year for Harvard. Laura Ricciardone has also been solid on the mound, boasting a 1.93 ERA to go with her 8-5 record.
Scouting the Bulldogs
Yale enters the weekend series with Harvard with a 1-7 Ivy League record, along with a 7-23 overall mark. Yale's lone Ivy win came against Columbia March 30, a 4-3 victory for the Bulldogs.
Jennifer Ong leads the Yale offense with a .363 batting average, 37 runs scored and 16 RBI. Senior Meg Johnson is next in line with an average of .316 and has team-high totals of 17 runs scored and seven steals. She also has the lone home run on the team this season.
Sophomore Chelsey Dunham is Yale's top pitcher with 96.2 innings pitched this season. She has a team-best 4.06 earned run average and 58 strikeouts on the year.
Harvard takes on a pair of local rivals during the week as it travels across town to face Boston University Tuesday at 3 p.m., and welcomes Boston College to Cambridge for a 4 p.m., game Thursday.