Rich Starts Career with Ivy Softball Rookie of the Week Honor

Rich Starts Career with Ivy Softball Rookie of the Week Honor

Rhianna Rich led the Crimson in batting average over her first weekend of competition (Fran Ruchalski).

PRINCETON, N.J. – Freshman infielder Rhianna Rich made quite the statement during her first weekend in a Harvard uniform as her active bat helped lead the Crimson to a 3-1 record and notched her the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor for March 1.

Rich, a native of El Segundo, California, posted at least two hits in all four games at the JU Green and Gold Classic in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend. In total, she finished 9-for-16, good for a team-best .563 average. Her bat was explosive all weekend, accounting for two triples and a home run to drive in four runs. Reaching base at a .563 clip as well, Rich came in to score seven times through the four games, as Harvard topped Presbyterian, St. Bonaventure and Jacksonville.

The Rookie of the Year honor for Rich is the first weekly award of the season for Harvard. Last year, Harvard won six weekly awards, with the most recent Rookie recognition coming on opening weekend when Maddy Kaplan earned it. Kaplan was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll this week after batting .429 with six RBI and three runs scored.

Harvard heads back down south this weekend to compete in the Eagle Classic at Georgia Southern. The Crimson will face Eastern Kentucky twice, Georgia Southern and North Dakota.