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Ricciardone’s Six Wins Lift Her to Fifth Ivy Pitcher of the Week Award

Laura Ricciardone leads all Ivy pitchers with 17 wins on the season (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.
– Six wins in six appearances last week proved to be more than enough to earn junior pitcher Laura Ricciardone yet another Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honor, the league announced Tuesday. Ricciardone ties Rachel Brown ’12 for the most Ivy Pitcher of the Week awards ever garnered in a single season by a Harvard player with her fifth weekly honor. 

A busy week saw the Crimson play six league games in a span of four days, and Ricciardone accomplished the impressive feat of recording victories in all six contests. She finished off a 1-0 victory in a suspended game at Princeton Thursday, and went onto pitch Game 2 against the Tigers, helping Harvard to a 5-1 win. She collected victories in two starts against Yale, including a 5-0 shutout to begin the four-game series, and earned two more victories in a pair of relief appearances against the Bulldogs.

In 29.1 innings pitched on the week, Ricciardone did not relinquish a single earned run, lowering her impressive season earned-run average to 1.48. She issued just six walks compared to 18 strikeouts, and held opposing hitters to a measly .189 batting average. She leads all Ivy League pitchers with 17 wins and the 1.48 ERA, and stands fourth in the league with 92 strikeouts on the year.

Harvard is slated to take the field again Thursday, as it puts its 18-game win streak on the line in a single game against local foe Boston University.