Ivy North Division Title at Stake in Softball's Home-and-Home Series Against Dartmouth

Harvard can claim the Ivy North Division Title with one win over Dartmouth this weekend
Harvard can claim the Ivy North Division Title with one win over Dartmouth this weekend

The Harvard softball team looks to lock up the Ivy League North Division and secure championship hosting duties as it takes on Dartmouth in a home-and-home series this weekend. Harvard needs just one win in four games to claim the division and two to secure home-field advantage in the league championship series.

Second Annual Friends of Jaclyn Day
Harvard Athletics will celebrate its second annual Friends of Jaclyn Day on Sunday, May 1. Events will be held during Harvard softball's doubleheader against Dartmouth (2 p.m. start) and baseball's twinbill against Dartmouth (1 p.m. start).

The softball team will sponsor a raffle to raise funds for the organization and will also accept donations throughout the day's events. First prize in the raffle is a pair of Red Sox tickets located behind home plate. For more information on Friends of Jaclyn Day, please click here.

Last Time Out
Harvard wrapped up a season sweep of Yale Tuesday with a scrappy 12-11 win in Game 1 and a five-inning 11-3 win in Game 2. Ellen Macadam recorded three hits in each game, including a triple in each contest, to lead the Harvard offense, while Kasey Lange drove in five runs for the Crimson in Game 2. Rachel Brown struck out 12 Bulldogs in the first game, and Laura Ricciardone picked up wins in both contests, going all five innings in Game 2 for her 12th win of the season.

Noteworthy Stats
With her 12 strikeouts against Yale Tuesday, Rachel Brown upped her season strikeout total to 260, the highest single-season strikeout total in the history of the Ivy League. Brown also enters the weekend ranked third in the nation in strikeouts per game with 11.6 and is tied for 11th in total strikeouts.

Ellen Macadam leads the Crimson with a .444 batting average, which ranks in the top 20 nationally, and recently set the Harvard single-season runs-scored record with 45 so far this year. Kasey Lange is one RBI away from tying the program mark of 56 and has already set the program record with 18 doubles this year. She ranks in the top 10 nationally in RBI per game (1.25) and doubles per game (0.41).

As a team, Harvard ranks in the top 25 in batting average (.319), fielding percentage (.974) and doubles per game (1.77).

Scouting the Big Green
Dartmouth is the only other team besides Harvard to earn an Ivy North Division title, claiming the top spot in the league in 2009. The Big Green brings a 10-6 league record into this weekend's games after taking three of four from Brown last weekend. Dartmouth needs to sweep Harvard this weekend in order to force a one-game playoff to determine the North Division champion.

Noelle Ramirez leads a potent Dartmouth lineup with a .351 batting average, 39 hits and 61 total bases this season. Molly Khalil has provided the power for the Big Green, posting team-high totals of 25 RBI, six home runs, eight doubles and a .576 slugging percentage. Dartmouth boasts six players with at least 20 hits this season on its roster.

Evan Gray and Hillary Barker have done the bulk of the pitching this season for Dartmouth, combining for 209 of the team's 228.2 innings pitched. Gray holds a 3.35 earned-run average, a 6-8 record and 61 total strikeouts while Barker has a 4.13 ERA, 62 K's and a 9-7 mark this season.

Up Next
The winner of the North Division will take on the winner of the South Division in the Ivy League Championship Series May 7-8 at the home of the team with the best record in the league.