Harvard at Columbia
The Crimson goes on the road this weekend to Columbia (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball hits the road this weekend with a three-game series against Columbia in New York, N.Y. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. on Friday (doubleheader) and 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, and all three games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time On The Diamond
The Crimson swept defending Ivy League champion, Princeton, last weekend. Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich powered the Harvard offense with a .714 batting average (5-7) and a staggering 2.262 OPS (1.429 SLG%, .833 OBP), while turning four the Crimson's five double plays in the series. Classmate, left-hander Katie Duncan posted a 2-0 record with five strikeouts in the circle, while helping her own cause, slugging a game-winning, three-run homerun in game three.
Harvard (13-11, 6-3 Ivy) is hitting .287 as a team with a .372 on-base percentage and a .424 slugging percentage. Senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan leads the Crimson with a .457 batting average and is currently riding a 12-game hitting streak – two games shy of her career-long. Junior Meagan Lantz had a six-game streak earlier in the season. Junior Kathleen Duncan has posted a 9-7 record with a 3.05 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, and 53 strikeouts.
Columbia (11-14, 5-4 Ivy) dropped its first Ivy League series with a 5-4 loss to second-place, Dartmouth on April 1. Hitting .282 with a .443 slugging percentage as a team, senior Taylor Troutt leads the Lions with a .408 batting average (31-76) with eight doubles, three homeruns, and 15 RBI. Sophomore Madison Canby is 7-5 with a 4.15 ERA and 52 strikeouts in the circle, while classmate, Erin Gallo has registered 44 strikeouts.
Series vs. Columbia
Harvard leads the series over Columbia, 25-11. The Crimson dropped last season's doubleheader by scores of 3-1, and 6-5 on April 2, 2017.
Ivy League Honors
Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich reeled in her second Ivy League Player of the Week honors, after batting .714 (5-7) with a triple, homerun, five RBI, and eight runs scored in a three-game sweep of Princeton last week end. Junior left-hander Katie was also a two-time recipient earning Pitcher of the Week honors twice (Feb. 26 and March 5), while junior Meagan Lantz earned the first player of the week honors of the season (Feb. 26).
Why Harvard? – Kaitlyn Schiffhauer
2018 Ivy League Preseason Poll
The first year the Ivy League conducted a preseason ranking, Harvard was picked to finish second receiving a total of 114 points, including five first place votes in a vote by media members, sports information directors, and national media.
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Harvard tied Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton with the most All-Ivy League selections in 2017, and will return all seven All-Ivy honorees in 2018. Lead-off hitter and shortstop Rhianna Rich, who was one of the nation's top hitters last season, earned first team honors along with outfielder Maddy Kaplan.
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Harvard garnered the NFCA's Top-10 Academic Team honors for the third straight year, earning a combined 3.588 GPA, the highest mark of all the Ivy League institutions. Additionally, a program-best, 17 Crimson athletes received individual All-America Scholar-Athlete honors.
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The Class of 2021
Harvard softball welcomes three newcomers to the squad in 2018: Morgan Melito (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake), Aubree Muse (Rineyville, Ky./Central Hardin), and Alyssa Saldana (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King, Jr.).
At the Helm
Jenny Allard is in her 24th season as the head coach of the Harvard softball program, posting a 587-436-3 overall record, including a 281-107-1 mark against Ivy League opponents. Team and individual success has always gone hand-in-hand with Allard with six Ivy League titles, six 30-win season, and five NCAA Championship berths. In addition, she has produced 67 first team, 64 second team, and 41 honorable mention All-Ivy selections as well as seven Ivy League Player of the Years, six Pitcher of the Years, and six Rookie of the Years.
Harvard Magazine: Steering Softball
Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth 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 Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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Harvard returns to the diamond on Thursday April 12 against Providence on the road. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.