Macadam Named ECAC, Ivy Player of the Week; Brown Named Top League Pitcher

Pictured: Macadam (left) and Brown (right) helped Harvard win five of six games over the past week.
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

After a week in which the Harvard softball team won five of six games, including three of four in conference play, junior Ellen Macadam has been named the ECAC and Ivy League Player of the Week, the leagues announced Tuesday. Sophomore Rachel Brown was also named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week for the second time this season, becoming the first repeat winner of the 2010 campaign, while Macadam picks up her first league accolades of the year.

Macadam was a big part of the Crimson's success this past week, helping Harvard win five of six games, including three of four conference contests, to maintain the top position in the Ivy North division. Macadam started the week with a 3 for 4 performance from the plate in game one against Holy Cross, bashing three doubles, driving in three runs and scoring another two. The junior followed with a 2 for 3 showing, scoring two runs and plating another in a sweep of the Crusaders. Against Penn, Macadam was 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored in game one and 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored in game two. Macadam ended the week with a hit in each game as Harvard swept Columbia on Sunday. Macadam finished the week 12 of 21 (.571 BA) from the plate, and collected team-high totals of seven RBI, 12 hits, seven doubles, 18 total bases and 15 assists in the field. 

Brown won every game she started this past week, collecting a 3-0 record in four appearances and picking up a save against Columbia. Brown started the week with a win over Holy Cross, scattering six hits over seven innings of work while striking out 10. The sophomore followed with a five-hit shutout of Penn April 10, striking out 11 batters in five innings. In game one against Columbia, Brown collected her second no-hitter of the season, allowing just one baserunner in a 3-0 win over the Lions while striking out 12 hitters. Brown also collected the save in game two against the Lions, allowing one hit and striking out three in two innings of relief. Brown ended the week with team leading-totals of 21.0 innings pitched, 36 strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA, to go along with a .152 opponent batting average. 

The Crimson is back in action today as it travels to Rhode Island to take on Providence in a 4 p.m., matchup.