Harvard at Brown
The Crimson closes out the regular season this week end at Brown (Katie Lockhart).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard closes out the regular season with a three-game Ivy League road series with Brown in Providence, R.I. this weekend, April 28-29. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. on both days, while game three will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time On The Diamond
The Crimson is coming off a non-conference midweek, 3-1, loss against Boston College on Tuesday, April 24. Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich extended her hitting streak to eight games, going three-for-three with a run scored from the top of the lineup. Classmate and double player partner, junior Meagan Lantz went one-for-four with an RBI double. Sophomore Olivia Giaquinto made her ninth start of the season and tossed four innings allowing just one earned run on three hits, while striking out three Eagles.
Harvard (20-14, 13-5 Ivy) is hitting .290 as a team with a .368 on-base percentage and a .427 slugging percentage. Leading the Crimson with a .442 batting average and 18 multiple hit games, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich carries an eight-game hitting streak into the final Ivy League series of the season. Over her last eight games, Rich is hitting .633 (19-30) with three doubles, two triples, one homerun, and six RBI, while scoring 10 runs for the Crimson. Senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan, who had a 13-game hitting streak earlier this season, is six hits shy of becoming the third player in Harvard history to reach 200 base hits in her career. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan has posted a 13-8 record in the circle with three saves, a 2.49 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts.
Brown (9-24, 3-12 Ivy) is hitting .273 as a team with a .342 on-base percentage and a .375 slugging percentage. Appearing in 30 of 33 games, junior Meghan Wimmer leads the Bears offense hitting .415 (34-82) with seven doubles, one triple, six homeruns, and 18 RBI, while also registering a 3-9 record with 34 strikeouts in the circle. Classmate, Cat Seitz is not far behind, posting a .348 batting average with nine doubles, a triple, two homeruns, and 16 RBI.
Series vs. Brown
Harvard leads the series, 63-35. The Crimson won the series last season, 3-1.
Ivy League Honors
Junior right-hander Sarah Smith became the fourth Crimson player earn Ivy League weekly honors, posting a 1-0 mark with an ERA of zero, and seven strikeouts in eight innings against Dartmouth (April 23). Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich reeled in three Ivy League Player of the Week honors (March 12, April 2, and April 16), while classmate left-hander Katie Duncan pulled in three Pitcher of the Week accolades (Feb. 26, March 5, and April 16). Meagan Lantz earned the first player of the week honors of the season (Feb. 26).
Why Harvard? – Rhianna Rich
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.
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Ivy League Network
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