Softball's Katie Duncan Named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year; Seven Garner All-Ivy Accolades

Softball's Katie Duncan Named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year; Seven Garner All-Ivy Accolades

PRINCETON, N.J. – Junior left-hander Katie Duncan was named the 2018 Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and was one of seven members of Harvard softball to earn All-Ivy recognition announced Wednesday afternoon. The Crimson's seven All-Ivy recipients was the second most this season, trailing only Columbia's eight selections.  

A unanimous first team All-Ivy selection, Duncan registered a career year in the circle for the Crimson. The three-time pitcher of the week led the conference with a 14-9 overall mark, including a 9-3 record against Ivy League foes, to go along with a with a career single-season best, 2.66 ERA and 78 strikeouts. Duncan tied her career single-game best in strikeouts twice in 2018, fanning seven opposing batters against non-conference Southern Utah on March 11 and Dartmouth on April 21.

Junior Rhianna Rich was also a unanimous pick by the coaches to the All-Ivy first team at shortstop. Rich, who experienced a career year in the middle infield, led the Ivy League with a .455 batting average, while finishing second in hits, and triples. Ranked 26th in the nation as the toughest to strikeout, the southern California ended the regular season with an 11-game hitting streak and found herself amongst Division I's top-10 in batting average, triples, triples per game, and runs scored.

Senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan and junior infielder Meagan Lantz joined Duncan and Rich on the All-Ivy first team. Leading the Crimson with nine multiple RBI games, Kaplan registered a, team-long, 13-game hitting streak from March 9 through April 6. Additionally, she tied her career single-game best driving in four runners in a 10-4 win over Yale, while being the 40th toughest player to strikeout in Division I.

 After missing the 2017 to an injury, Lantz was named to the All-Ivy first team at the DP/utility position. Posting a .376 batting average, the southeastern Florida native finished second amongst Ivy leaders in stolen bases, successfully swiping 16 of 18 bags. In addition to being the 76th toughest player to strikeout in the nation, she surpassed her career single-game best, going four-for-four with three runs scored and a homerun against Brown on April 28.

Junior right-hander Sarah Smith earned second team All-Ivy honors after posting a career best, 5-1 mark with a 2.13 ERA, and 26 strikeouts. In a 4-1 victory against Ivy League foe Dartmouth on April 21, Smith tied her career single-game high, striking out five Big Green batters. 

Sophomore Olivia Giaquinto was also named to the All-Ivy second team at pitcher/utility. In a commanding 6-1 victory against Brown on April 28, she surpassed her career single-game high going three-for-four at the dish with two doubles, and two RBI.

Sophomore backstop Lindey Kneib rounded out the seven Crimson players on the 2018 All-Ivy team, earning honorable mention accolades.


Taylor Troutt, Columbia

Katie Duncan, Harvard

Schae Nelson, Dartmouth

Shannon Doepking, Dartmouth

SP – *Breanna Ethridge, Dartmouth
SP – *Katie Duncan, Harvard
C – *Schae Nelson, Dartmouth
1B – *Madison Gott, Columbia
2B – *Taylor Troutt, Columbia
3B – Morgan Martinelli, Dartmouth
SS – *Rhianna Rich, Harvard
OF – Megan Murray, Cornell
OF – Taylor Ward, Dartmouth
OF – Maddy Kaplan, Harvard
OF – Mackenzie Meyer, Princeton
P/UTL – Meghan Wimmer, Brown
DP/UTL – Meagan Lantz, Harvard

SP – Heather Turner, Dartmouth
SP – Sarah Smith, Harvard
C – Amanda Nishihira, Columbia
1B – Sydney Grobman, Yale
2B – Micah Schroder, Dartmouth
3B – Molly Oretsky, Penn
3B – Allison Harvey, Princeton
SS – Erin Rockstroh, Cornell
OF – Summer Grzybek, Columbia
OF – Jess England, Penn
OF – Megan Donahey, Princeton
P/UTL – Olivia Giaquinto, Harvard
DP/UTL – Jurie Joyner, Penn

SP – Madison Canby, Columbia
SP – Erin Gallo, Columbia
SP – Miranda Papes, Yale
C – Raquel Blanchard, Brown
C – Lindey Kneib, Harvard
1B – Sarah Cwiertnia, Penn
3B – Max Ortega, Columbia
SS – Maria Pagane, Columbia
SS – Danielle Dockx, Princeton
OF – Tabitha Dyer, Penn
OF – Carlin Hagmaier, Yale
OF – Shelby Kennedy, Yale
DP/UTL – Kate Jencarelli, Cornell
DP/UTL – Tori Tagashi, Cornell

*-unanimous selection