Harvard kicks off a 12-game homestand with a non-conference contest against Providence Tuesday afternoon.
Tuesday will feature the 34th meeting between the Crimson and Friars. Harvard trails. 12-20-1, in the all-time series but has performed well in recent matchups against Providence. The Crimson has claimed wins in three of the last five meetings, but dropped a narrow, 3-2, decision to the Friars last April in Providence, R.I. Harvard's biggest win came in 2010 when the Crimson plated seven runs in the top of the 10th inning to post an 8-1 win on the road.
The Crimson will be making its second appearance of the season at Soldiers Field after taking down Rhode Island in a pair of games to open its home slate last week. Over the weekend, Harvard absorbed a pair of losses to 2012 South Division Champion Penn, before sweeping Columbia in a Saturday doubleheader.
A stellar week of production from junior Kasey Lange saw her launch four home runs in six games and she now holds the team lead with six on the year. She also has a team-best 17 RBI and is tied for the team lead with 21 hits. Andrea Del Conte continues to hold the lead in batting average at .333, and also has a team-high eight stolen bases. Katherine Lantz is tied for the team lead in hits with 21 and Emily Gusse is second on the team with 12 RBI.
Freshman Morgan Groom has been solid of late for Harvard, owning the best earned-run average on the team at 2.11. She has pitched a team-best 63 innings and has 50 strikeouts to her credit.
The Friars begin the game against Harvard with a 9-17-1 record on the year and an 0-3 mark in conference play. In its last time out, Providence lost to and tied Boston University two wrap up a seven-game home stretch.
The Providence offense has been balanced and potent so far this season, as it boasts six players with .300 or better batting averages. Stephanie Kiesel sits atop that group at .354 while Kristie Dederick leads all players with 30 hits and 22 RBI. Sarah Kitterman has a team-best five homeruns and Kiarra Baldassari has been effective on the base paths, swiping 12 bases on the year.
Kiara Amos has done most of the work in the circle for Providence, as she has already eclipsed the 100-inning mark at 108 for the year. Her five wins in a team-high while Corinne Clauss boasts a team-best 3.15 ERA in 40 innings pitched this season.
Harvard returns to Ivy League play this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders against Princeton and Cornell.