Softball Sweeps First Ivy League Weekly Awards

Softball Sweeps First Ivy League Weekly Awards

Appelbe, Cabe and Kaplan pick up Ivy League Weekly Honors (Envision Sports Media, Gil Talbot).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The 2015 Harvard softball season got off to a splendid start, with three of its student-athletes being recognized for their stellar play over the first weekend by the Ivy League. Katherine Appelbe, Taylor Cabe and Maddy Kaplan were honored as the Player, Pitcher and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

Appelbe was a workhorse for the Crimson, catching in each of the five games Harvard played at the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational. Her .400 batting average was tops among all Harvard players to see action in all five games, while she also led the squad with four RBI. For good measure, two of her four hits went for extra bases, including a double and triple.

 In her first appearance of the season, Cabe came on in relief against Villanova and pitched six scoreless innings, giving up just three hits to earn the victory over the Wildcats. Against Robert Morris Sunday, Cabe tossed seven scoreless innings with only three hits allowed sending the game into extras tied 0-0. In total, she tossed 15.1 innings in Madeira Beach, with 14 strikeouts, a 2.28 ERA and 12 hits allowed.

Kaplan posted the highest batting average of all Crimson over the opening weekend at .417. She had a pair of hits in Harvard's victories against Wichita State and Villanova, while also driving in three runs over the weekend. She hit a home run in her first collegiate game against the Shockers.

Harvard heads south once again this weekend, traveling to Rock Hill, South Carolina to play four games at the Winthrop Invitational.