NCAA Regionals vs. California/
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Returning to the NCAA regional tournament for the first time since 2012, Harvard softball squares off against No. 7 Georgia in the Athens, Ga. regional at Jack Turner Softball Stadium at 2:30 p.m. on the SEC Network.
How Harvard Got Here
The Crimson secured a spot in the NCAA regional with a sweep of Dartmouth in the Ivy League championship series last Saturday afternoon. Trailing 4-1 and down to its final out in game one, Harvard scored five runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the comeback victory over the Big Green. Junior Elizabeth Shively poked an outside pitch down the right field line to plate junior Erin Lockhart and senior Dallas Hogan to take the 5-4 lead. Junior right-hander Sarah Smith sealed the 4-1 win in game two, tossing a complete game allowing one run on five hits, while striking out four.
2018 Season Overview
Harvard finished second in the league with a 14-7 conference mark and 23-16 overall. Three-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich recorded a career-year leading the Crimson with a .442 batting average. Finding herself in amongst the top-10 in Division I in four categories, Rich concluded the regular season with an 11-game hitting streak. Senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan had team-high 13-game hitting streak earlier in the season and is currently ranked 40th in the nation as toughest to strike out. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan has also registered a career year in the circle, leading Ivy League with a 15-9 record, including a 9-3 mark against conference opponents. This season, the northern New Jersey native tied her career single-game high in strikeouts twice, fanning seven opposing batters against Southern Utah on March 11, and Dartmouth on April 21.
About the 2018 NCAA Softball Regional
The 2018 NCAA softball regionals are hosted at 16 campus sites across the nation on May 18-20. No. 7 Georgia hosts California, Harvard, and Northwestern at Jack Turner Stadium in a double-elimination tournament on May 18-20 for the right to move on to the Super Regionals on May 24-27.
NCAA Regional Schedule
|Friday, May 18|
|California vs. Northwestern||12 p.m.||Live Stats||ESPNU|
|No. 7 Georgia vs. Harvard||2:30 p.m.||Live Stats||SECN|
|Saturday, May 19|
|Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner||2:30 p.m.||Live Stats|
|Game 1 Loser vs. Game 2 Loser||5 p.m.||Live Stats|
|Game 3 Loser vs. Game 4 Winner||7:30 p.m.||Live Stats|
|Sunday, May 20|
|Game 3 Winner vs. Game 5 Winner||12 p.m.||Live Stats|
|Game 6 Winner vs. Game 6 Loser||2:30 p.m.||Live Stats||(if necessary)|
Scouting No. 7 Georgia
Hitting .334 as a team, the Bulldogs (43-11, 16-8 SEC) secured one of the 32 at-large bids into the NCAA tournament. Senior Cortni Emanuel leads the Georgia offense with a .439 batting average, while sophomore Alysen Febrey is right behind her hitting .390 on the season with 17 doubles, one triple, seven homeruns, and 44 RBI. In the circle, senior Brittany Gray has posted a 16-1 mark with a 0.62 ERA and 134 strikeouts.
Earning an at-large bid into the tournament, California (34-19, 7-16 Pac-12) is making its third straight NCAA regional appearance in SEC territory. The Bears have not moved past the regional round since 2012.
Coming out of the Big Ten Conference, Northwestern (38-17, 14-8 Big Ten) is making its 17th overall appearance in the NCAA Tournament and 12th in the 17-year career under head coach Kate Drohan. Making two trips to the Women's College World Series, the Wildcats have compiled a 30-25 mark in the past 17 years.
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.
Full Release: Softball Earns NFCA Top-10 Academic Team Honors
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.
Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here.