Catherine Callaway is second on the team with six doubles (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team (12-13, 2-2 Ivy) will host its first weekend of conference action at Soldiers Field this weekend, welcoming Columbia (7-20, 2-2 Ivy) Friday and Penn (13-12, 2-2 Ivy) Saturday. Both doubleheaders can be seen live on the Ivy League Digital Network with Friday's first pitch set for 2 p.m. and Saturday's scheduled for 12:30 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard hit the road to begin Ivy League play last weekend, splitting doubleheaders at Cornell and Princeton. Against the Big Red, Harvard suffered a tough 8-6 defeat in the opener, but the offense kept rolling in game two on its way to a 9-1 victory.
The Crimson and Tigers traded shutouts the following day. Princeton notched a 2-0 victory to start the day, but Taylor Cabe propelled the Crimson to a 1-0 victory in the final game of the weekend. Maddy Kaplan's fourth inning solo shot proved to be all the run support Harvard would need.
Harvard, Brown and Yale each went 2-2 over the first week of Ivy competition, while Dartmouth went 4-0 to lead the North Division. In the south, Columbia and Penn are each 2-2, while Cornell and Princeton stand at 1-3.
Ivy League Recognition
Cabe's terrific weekend in the circle resulted in her earning Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, the first such honor of her career. The junior's first conference start of the season came against Cornell last Friday when she held the Big Red to just five hits and one run as part of a 9-1 victory. The next day, Cabe improved on that mark against Princeton, shutting the Tigers out over seven innings, while racking up a career-best seven strikeouts.
Over her 14 innings of work, Cabe posted a 0.50 ERA and held opposing hitters to a .192 average. On the season, she is 8-3 with a team-low 2.85 ERA and four complete games. Her eight wins are second-most in the conference, one behind Dartmouth's Morgan McCalmon.
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Freshman Meagan Lantz has made sure the surname has prominently remained in the Harvard stat sheet this season, following in the footsteps of her All-Ivy League sister Katie Lantz '15. The younger Lantz, halfway through her rookie season is among the Ivy League's best in RBI and home runs. With 17 runs driven in she ranks fifth, while her four homers is tied for fourth. Batting .353 entering the weekend, Lantz ranks second on the Crimson roster behind only fellow rookie Rhianna Rich (.362).
The Crimson rank 11th nationally in two categories, doubles per game and fielding percentage. Harvard has whacked 43 two-bag hits this year, tied for most in Ivy League and good for a 1.72 per game average. Infielder Giana Panariello leads the way with seven doubles, followed by Catherine Callaway's six.
Harvard ranks amongst the cleanest teams on defense, posting a .975 fielding percentage, the top mark in the Ancient Eight. Two of the Crimson's primary starters, Haley Davis and Zoe Galindo are unblemished in the outfield, while five other position players have made just one error this year.
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The Lions began Ivy play at home against Yale and Brown last weekend, splitting doubleheaders with each. Each of Columbia's games against Yale's dipped into extra innings with the Lions inching out a 3-2 win in the opener before being blanked, 1-0, in the nightcap. The next day, Columbia opened up with a 4-1 victory, but lost out on a 7-6 decision in game two versus Brown.
Columbia is just 7-20 overall this season, highlighted by a 13-game losing streak that began March 6 against Maryland and lasted until a March 26 win over Canisius as part of the Columbia Classic tournament.
Taylor Troutt paces the Lions offense with a .351 average, 25 RBI and seven homers. Her 25 RBI ranks second in the conference, while the seven long balls is tops in the Ivy. Columbia has used three pitchers almost evenly this season with Tonia Wu leading the staff with a 3.95 ERA and a 5-5 record. Kayla Maloney and Tessa Kroll each have one victory on the year and hold ERAs of 4.34 and 5.10, respectively.
Harvard leads the all-time series against Columbia 23-9. The Crimson had won 11 straight against the Lions dating back to 2010 before losing the second-game of last season's doubleheader, 3-0.
The Quakers are the lone team in the South Division with an overall winning record at 13-12, but also started Ivy play with an identical 2-2 record to the Crimson and Lions. Opposite of Columbia, Penn won the second game of each doubleheader against Brown and Yale, including a 6-5 victory over the Bulldogs to close out the weekend. Penn hosted Villanova for a midweek matchup Tuesday evening, suffering a 10-0 defeat.
Penn's offense is led by Sam Pederson and Lean Allen. Pederson is one of just four hitters in the Ivy League hitting at least .400, coming in right on that average, while Allen heads the conference in RBI with 27. In the circle, Alexis Sargent is the only sub-2.00 ERA pitcher in the Ivy at 1.68. Her eight victories is tied for second with Harvard's Cabe, while her 74 strikeouts is also a conference-leading mark.
Harvard boasts a 51-17-1 all-time record against Penn, but will be looking to exact revenge against the Quakers after being swept in a doubleheader in Philadelphia last season.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Digital Network or to sign-up today, click here.
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