Seven members of the Harvard softball team earned All-Ivy League recognition, the conference announced today.
PRINCETON, N.J. – Seven members of the Harvard softball team earned All-Ivy accolades, as the conference announced its year-end awards today (May 18). Sophomore shortstop Rhianna Rich and junior outfielder Maddy Kaplan earned All-Ivy League first team honors. Rich and Kaplan have been named to the first team in each year of eligibility at Harvard.
In addition, sophomore pitcher Kathleen Duncan, sophomore catcher Elizabeth Shively, and freshman first baseman/pitcher Olivia Giaquinto earned All-Ivy League second team honors, while sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and sophomore third baseman Erin Lockhart earned honorable mention. The seven All-Ivy selections for Harvard matches Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton for most in the conference.
One of the nation's best hitters, Rich led the team and finished second in Ivy League with a .418 batting average, leading the Ivy League with seven triples. Rich was Harvard's spark plug at the top of the lineup, finishing third in the Ivy League with a .484 on base percentage and striking out only four times in 141 at bats this season. She was equally exceptional in the field, holding a .988 fielding percentage at shortstop for Harvard.
Kaplan, Harvard's steady No. 2 hitter, batted .368 on the year (6th, Ivy League) and finished second on the team with 11 extra-base hits (10 doubles, home run), She was second on the team with 27 runs on the season and recorded a hit in 33 of 41 games this season, including an eight game hitting streak to end the season.
Duncan was excellent in the circle for the Crimson, finishing the year 9-7 with a team-best 3.48 earned run average (5th, Ivy League), six complete games, and 57 strikeouts.
Shively, who earned All-Ivy League second team honors for the second consecutive season, was exceptional as a hitter and behind the plate this season. Shively finished the season with 10 extra base hits (eight doubles, triple, HR), and had 20 RBIs. She threw out seven runners as Harvard's primary catcher and had a .994 fielding percentage.
Giaquinto made an immediate impact as a freshman, finishing the season tied for the team lead with seven home runs, adding 18 RBIs. She was steady in the field as Harvard's primary first baseman, with a .981 fielding percentage, and also started four games in the circle for Harvard, finishing the year with a 2-1 record and 4.70 earned run average.
Lockhart led Harvard in nearly every power hitting category, hitting .333 with a team high seven home runs, 35 RBIs and 19 walks. She completed the season with an impressive streak of 18 straight games with either a walk or a hit, and led the team with a .507 on base percentage.
Schiffhauer, Harvard's regular center fielder, had her best season for the Crimson in 2017, hitting .322 with eight extra-base hits (home run, seven doubles) and 16 RBIs. Schiffhauer was at her best late in the season, batting a team-best .545 (12-for-22) in Harvard's final eight regular season games, helping the Crimson clinch its second consecutive Ivy League North Division crown.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Leah Allen, Penn (Sr., OF – Woodbine, Md.)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Claire Klausner, Princeton (Sr., P – Stanford, Calif.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Allison Harvey, Princeton (Fr., OF – Foothill Ranch, Calif.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Lisa Van Ackeren, Princeton
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^
Alexis Sargent, Penn (Sr., P – Alexandria, Va.)
Claire Klausner, Princeton (Sr., P – Stanford, Calif.)
Claire Bird, Dartmouth (Jr., C – Rapids City, Ill.)
Madison Sack, Yale (So., C – Parkland, Fla.)
Annie McGregor, Brown (Jr., 1B – Carlsbad, Calif.)
Alyssa Jorgensen, Dartmouth (Sr., 2B – Woodlands, Texas)
Allison Skinner, Yale (Jr., 3B – Katy, Texas)
Rhianna Rich, Harvard (Sr., SS – El Segundo, Calif.)
Maddy Kaplan, Harvard (Jr., OF – Santa Monica, Calif.)
* Leah Allen, Penn (Sr., OF – Woodbine, Md.)
* Marissa Reynolds, Princeton (Sr., OF – Chehalis, Wash.)
Megan Donahey, Princeton (Fr., OF – Phoenix, Ariz.)
Alexis Sargent, Penn (Sr., P/UT – Alexandria, Va.)
Karen Chaw, Dartmouth (Sr., DP – Castro Valley, Calif.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY^
Kathleen Duncan, Harvard (So., P – Allendale, N.J.)
Erica Nori, Princeton (Sr., P – Weston, Fla.)
Olivia Lam, Cornell (So., C – La Canada, Calif.)
Elizabeth Shively, Harvard (So., C – Dallas, Ga.)
Jurie Joyner, Penn (Jr., C – McDonough, Ga.)
Keeley Walsh, Princeton (So., C – Stevenson Ranch, Calif.)
Olivia Giaquinto, Harvard (Fr., 1B – Falls Church, Va.)
Christina Andrews, Brown (Sr., 2B – Southlake, Texas)
Laina Do, Yale (Sr., 2B – Burbank, Calif.)
Morgan Martinelli, Dartmouth (So., 3B – Morgan Hill, Calif.)
Allison Harvey, Princeton (Fr., SS – Foothill Ranch, Calif.)
Sommer Grzybek, Columbia (Fr., OF – Cooper City, Fla.)
Megan Murray, Cornell (Jr., OF – Alfred, N.Y.)
Lourlin Lara, Dartmouth (Jr., OF – Conroe, Texas)
Shelby Kennedy, Yale (So., OF – Vail, Ariz.)
Francesca Casalino, Yale (Jr., P/UT – Dix Hills, N.J.)
Jurie Joyner, Penn (Jr., DP – McDonough, Ga.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Madison Canby, Columbia (Fr., P – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Breanna Ethridge, Dartmouth (Jr., P – Loganville, Ga.)
Julia Schoenewald, Brown (Sr., C – Jamison, Pa.)
Sarah Cwiertnia, Penn (So., 1B – Villa Park, Calif.)
Kaylee Grant, Princeton (So., 1B – Keller, Texas)
Sam Pederson, Penn (So., 2B – Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Erin Lockhart, Harvard (So., 3B – Lincoln, Neb.)
Madison Gott, Columbia (Jr., SS – Weston, Fla.)
Calista Almer, Dartmouth (Fr., SS – Pollock Pines, Calif.)
Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, Harvard (So., OF – Los Altos, Calif.)
Meghan Wimmer, Brown (So., P/UT – Boothwyn, Pa.)
Bonnie Schipper, Columbia (So., DP – Alexandria, Va.)
^First & Second Teams Expanded Due To Ties In Voting