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Softball Takes on Yale in Pair of Ivy Doubleheaders Sunday and Tuesday

Ellen Macadam (left) and Emily Henderson (right) have led Harvard to a 26-14 record in their senior season (Harvard Athletic COmmunications).

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The quest for a second-straight Ivy League North Division title continues as Harvard welcomes archrival Yale to Soldiers Field for a pair of conference doubleheaders Sunday and Tuesday. The Crimson will also be recognizing seniors Ellen Macadam and Emily Henderson in a pregame ceremony Sunday. The second annual Friends of Jaclyn Day has been rescheduled for next Sunday against Dartmouth.        

Celebrating Seniors
This year, the Crimson featured two four-year starters who have helped Harvard to two Ivy League North Division titles, a 105-75 overall and 54-23 Ivy League record and have totaled five All-Ivy selections between them.

Senior second baseman and co-captain Ellen Macadam has played in 173 career games and is Harvard's all-time leader in career runs scored with 124 and is two runs shy of breaking the single-season mark of 39. Her 202 career hits are the most in team history, and her 56 hits this season rank sixth in team annals. She is also second in team history in career doubles with 42, seventh with 16 home runs, fourth in RBI with 91, third in total bases with 313 and third in steals with 53.

Senior outfielder and co-captain Emily Henderson has seen action in 163 games in her career at Harvard. Her 28 stolen bases as a freshman ranked 19th in the nation and stands as the highest single-season total in Harvard history. She ranks second all-time in school history with 56 career steals and ninth in school history with 81 career runs scored. She enters Sunday's games with 106 career hits, 115 total bases and a .254 career batting average.

Last Time Out
Harvard faced off against local foe Boston University in its final non-conference contest, dropping a 5-3 decision Thursday at the BU Softball Field. Jane Alexander, Whitney Shaw and Olivia Piccione all drove in a run each for the Crimson.

About the Bulldogs
Yale currently sits in third place in the Ivy North Division standings, just a game behind second-place Dartmouth. The Bulldogs split a doubleheader against Wagner in their last action, taking Game 1 handily by a 9-1 score. Yale features a balanced lineup with six players holding batting averages over .300. Meg Johnson leads the team with a .346 mark, while Jennifer Ong leads the team in hits (42) and doubles (15). Christy Nelson has team-high totals of five home runs and 25 RBI. Chelsey Dunham has done the lion's share of the pitching this season and brings a 10-10 record and 2.87 ERA into the series.    

Lauding Lange
After a stellar showing in seven games last week, freshman third baseman Kasey Lange received Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week accolades. For the week, Lange posted an impressive .591 batting average, collecting 13 hits, six runs, four doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI in seven games played. She also slugged 1.182 for the week and had a .593 on base percentage while playing error-free third base.  

Crimson Statistical Leaders
Batting: Macadam, .418; Lange, .402; Regan, .369; Scott, .348
Slugging: Lange, .730; Macadam, .664; Scott, .609; Shaw, .534
On-base: Macadam, .463; Lange, .446; Scott, .439; Shaw, .414;
Runs: Macadam, 37; Lange, 25; Regan 23; Heritage, 17
RBI: Lange, 48; Shaw, 26; Macadam, 21; Scott, 20; Zumbro, 18
Home runs: Lange/Macadam, 7; Shaw, 6; Scott, 5
Steals: Heritage, 13; Macadam, 10
ERA: Ricciardone, 1.92 (98.2 IP); Brown, 2.00 (143.1 IP)
Record: Brown, 16-6; Ricciardone, 9-5
Strikeouts: Brown, 239, Ricciardone, 70

Next Up
Harvard takes on Dartmouth in a home-and-home series next weekend with hopes of clinching its second straight Ivy North title.