Pictured: The Harvard softball team will advance to the
League Championship next weekend.
Photo Courtesy: Harvard Athletic Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team secured its third Ivy League North Division title in the four-year history of divisional play, sweeping Dartmouth, 9-0 and 7-1, to secure a place in the Ivy League Championship series next weekend. Harvard now stands at 24-21 on the season at 15-3 in conference play while Dartmouth moves to 11-7 in Ivy action and 14-25 overall.
The Crimson jumped out to an early lead and used solid pitching to keep the Big Green scoreless in game one. Ellen Macadam took the first pitch she saw to left center for a leadoff single and scored on a Melissa Schellberg base hit. The next batter, Whitney Shaw, drove a pitch deep to left field for her 11th homerun of the season, giving the hosts a 4-0 lead after one. Macadam picked up an RBI single in the second and Jessica Pledger and Schellberg plated runs on a sacrifice fly and a base hit, respectively. Jennifer Francis ended the game early with a bases-loaded single to center, giving the hosts a 9-0 win in six innings.
Harvard starter Rachel Brown was solid in her four innings of work, striking out eight while allowing just three hits. Margaux Black kept the Big Green scoreless through the final two innings, striking out three and allowing just one hit. Schellberg ended the game 3 for 4 from the plate with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBI. Macadam, Francis and Jessica Ferri all had multiple hits for the home team.
The Crimson picked up right where it left off to start game two as an RBI single from Francis sparked a three-run first inning. The hosts built a 7-0 lead in the fourth inning, registering five hits in the frame. Stephanie Krysiak had an RBI single to start the scoring and Shaw drove a two-run double to right center to push the lead to 6-0. Ferri plated the seventh run of the inning, driving in Shaw with an RBI single. Dartmouth got one back in the top of the sixth but Black silenced the Big Green bats in the top of the seventh to seal the 7-1 final.
Shaw ended the game 2 for 3 with three RBI while Francis also picked up two hits and chipped in two RBI. Macadam collected a pair of hits and Krysiak and Ferri each drove in a run in game two. Brown picked up her 16th win of the season, contributing four innings of two-hit ball while Black scattered four hits in three innings of relief work.
Harvard wraps up its regular season with a doubleheader at Dartmouth Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m.