Softball Names Captains, Award Winners at Annual Team Banquet

Softball Names Captains, Award Winners at Annual Team Banquet

Harvard finished second in the Ivy League North Division standings in 2014 (Photo: Harvard Softball).

The Harvard softball team named its captains for the 2014-15 season and handed out team awards at the annual end-of-season banquet Sunday in the Murr Center. The squad handed out five team awards and named Laura Ricciardone and Katherine Appelbe captains for next season at the event.

Senior captain Kasey Lange took home two awards on the night, garnering the Best Offensive Player designation and the Betty Ippolito Award. Lange was Harvard’s offensive catalyst for the fourth straight season, leading the team in batting average (.353), home runs (six) and RBI (29). Lange earned the Ippolito Award, given to the player who has done the most to continue the tradition of excellence in Harvard softball, graduating as one of the most decorated players in program history. She has or shares the program lead in career slugging percentage, stolen base percentage, doubles, home runs, total bases and RBI.

Junior Laura Ricciardone received the team’s Most Outstanding Pitcher Award, following a season that saw her rank near the top of nearly every pitching category in the Ivy League. She took home a program record-tying five Ivy Pitcher of the Week honors and led the league in earned-run average (1.53) and tied for the conference lead with 18 wins on the year.

Shortstop Emily Gusse earned Best Defensive Player honors, logging 89 assists on the year and committing just seven errors for a .951 fielding percentage. Catcher Katherine Appelbe earned the final award of the evening, taking home the Becky Pocious Award which is awarded annually to the player or players that embody the qualities of true team players.

Juniors and battery-mates Appelbe and Ricciardone will serve as captains next season, with Ricciardone serving her second year as captain.