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Ricciardone Earns Third Ivy Pitcher of the Week Award

Laura Ricciardone had four wins in four appearances last week (Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
For the third time this season, Harvard softball junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. It marks the fifth time in her career she has taken home the weekly honor.

Ricciardone played a big part in maintaining Harvard’s current seven game win streak, appearing in four contests last week and picking up wins in all four outings. Her complete game against Boston College Tuesday helped Harvard sweep the Eagles for the first time since 1999, as she fanned eight BC batters. Ricciardone helped the Crimson to its first Ivy win of the season, striking out eight more batters in an 8-3 victory over Penn Friday. She did not surrender an earned run in a 7-2 complete-game win over Columbia Sunday, and fired 2.2 innings of relief work in the second game against the Lions for her fourth win of the week.

She ended the week with a miniscule 1.24 earned-run average, and surrendered just six walks while fanning 25 batters in 22.2 innings.

The Crimson is back in action Thursday when it heads to Rhode Island for a single game against the Rams.