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Gusse, Ricciardone Take Home Ivy Weekly Awards After Opening Weekend of Action

Emily Gusse earned her first ever Ivy League Player of the Week award Tuesday (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
Following its first weekend of action in the 2014 season, the Harvard softball team yielded two Ivy League weekly award winners in juniors Emily Gusse and Laura Ricciardone. Gusse took home Player of the Week honors while Ricciardone was dubbed Ivy Pitcher of the Week.

It marks the third time that Ricciardone has taken home the award in her career, winning it once as a freshman and once as a sophomore. The Player of the Week honor is Gusse’s first.

Gusse lifted the Harvard offense at the season-opening Florida Gulf Coast Round Robin tournament, helping Harvard to a 2-3 record. She tied for the team lead with seven hits in the five games, and recorded a hit in every contest, extending her hitting streak to seven games, dating back to last season. She started the season off with a 2-for-2 performance against Eastern Michigan, and also scored a run in the 3-0 win over EMU. She had two more hits in a 7-4 win over North Dakota, and drove in runs in games against Villanova and Arkansas. She played nearly flawless shortstop as well, committing just one error in 15 chances over the five tournament games.

Ricciardone confirmed herself as the staff ace right out of the gate, twirling a three-hit shutout in the season-opener against Eastern Michigan. She also tallied eight strikeouts in the 3-0 victory. Ricciardone followed it up with another complete-game performance against host FGCU, scattering five hits over six innings in a 3-1 loss. She has 12 strikeouts on the young season to go along with a 1.50 earned-run average.

Gusse, Ricciardone and the Crimson return to action this weekend when they head to Ricciardone’s home state of Louisiana for the LSU Tournament Feb. 28-March 1.