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Fourth Ivy League Pitcher of the Week Award for Ricciardone

Laura Ricciardone leads all Harvard pitchers with 11 wins on the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
For the sixth time in her career and fourth time this season, junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone has been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. It is also her second consecutive week earning the award, and she shares the weekly honor with Dartmouth’s Kristen Rumley.  

Ricciardone becomes just the third pitcher in team history to earn at least four Ivy weekly honors in one season, joining Shelly Maddick ’08 in 2007 and Rachel Brown ’12 in 2012.

The wins once again piled up for the junior hurler, as she amassed two “W’s” in three appearances last week. Ricciardone allowed just two hits and no runs in three innings of work in a 5-1 win over Rhode Island, and picked up a complete-game victory Saturday against Brown, surrendering one earned run and four hits in the contest. She went four innings in Game 1 against the Bears Sunday, and did not allow a run to cross the plate while giving up just two hits. For the week, she totaled a miniscule 0.50 earned-run average and held opposing batters to a .160 batting average against her. She also did damage with her bat, collecting four hits in four games played, including a two-run homer in the win over the Rams.

Harvard is slated to return to action Thursday in a single game against Maine, before heading to New Haven, Conn., to take on Yale in a four-game Ivy North Division series.