(Photo: Harvard Softball)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team held its annual awards banquet where it announced its team award winners and captains for the 2014 season. The squad handed out five team awards and named three players captains for the 2014 campaign.
Junior Kasey Lange took home two awards after another stellar season for Harvard, garnering Best Defensive Player and Best Offensive Player honors. Lange became the all-time program leader in home runs this season, leading the team with 13 long balls and adding a team-high 43 RBI and .756 slugging percentage. She also led the league in RBI and slugging, and ranked within the top five in doubles, runs and total bases. She made just two errors in league play at third base, and made numerous challenging plays at the hot corner.
Most Outstanding Pitcher honors went to freshman Morgan Groom, who emerged as the go-to arm down the stretch for the Crimson. The freshman posted the second-best batting average against of any Ivy League pitcher, and also ranked fourth in earned-run average (2.58) and fifth in the league with 96 strikeouts on the year. The rookie ended the season with a team-high 125 innings pitched, and tied for the team lead with nine wins.
The Becky Pocius Award, given annually to the player or players that embody the qualities of true team players, was awarded to senior Olivia Piccione. The final award of the evening, the Betty Ippolito Legacy Award, went to senior Stephanie Regan. The award is given annually to the player who has done the most to continue the tradition of excellence in Harvard softball.
The Crimson also announced its three captains for the 2014 season. Junior Shelbi Olson, Harvard’s lone captain in 2013, will serve her second season as captain in 2014 and will be joined by classmates Lange and Laura Ricciardone.