Crusaders Come to Cambridge for Midweek Twinbill

Crusaders Come to Cambridge for Midweek Twinbill

Allison Scott launched a three-run homer against Princeton this weekend (Harvard Athletic Communications).

The Particulars
The Harvard softball team welcomes non-conference for Holy Cross to Soldiers Field for a midweek doubleheader Tuesday. The Crimson has played eight-straight conference games as its last non-league opponent was Rhode Island March 29.

Last Time Out
Harvard (20-12, 6-2 Ivy) wrapped up its Ivy home-opening weekend with a doubleheader split against defending Ivy Champion Cornell Saturday at Soldiers Field. The Big Red bats came alive in Game 1 as the guests took down the Crimson, 8-1, limiting the Harvard offense to just two hits in the game. The hosts responded in Game 2, using a five-run sixth to earn a split via a 7-5 win. Senior captain Ellen Macadam went 3 for 4 at the plate, bashing her team-leading seventh home run and driving in three runs in the game. Rookie Shelbi Olson also went deep and Stephanie Regan and Jane Alexander each picked up a pair of hits. Laura Ricciardone logged her seventh win, going seven innings and notching eight strikeouts.

About the Crimson
With the two wins this weekend, Harvard maintains its lead in the Ivy League North and overall Ivy standings. Harvard is 4-2 at Soldiers Field this season and is undefeated in its only other home non-conference action; a doubleheader sweep of Rhode Island.

Macadam has been Harvard's top hitter all season and enters the Holy Cross games with the team lead in batting average (.411), hits (44), home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.673). Kasey Lange continues to be an RBI machine with a team-high 30 on the year, and also holds the team lead with 13 doubles on the season. Stephanie Regan (.341) and Whitney Shaw (.326) are also batting over .300 for the Crimson.

Rachel Brown and Laura Ricciardone have been an effective 1-2 punch for Harvard in the circle, with Brown leading the way with a 2.45 earned run average and Ricciardone close behind at 2.83. Brown leads the Ivy League in strikeouts with 201 and her .183 opponent batting average also ranks among the league leaders.

Ivy Honors
A pair of freshmen picked up their first Ivy League honors last week thanks to a pair of doubleheader sweeps to open Ivy play. Kasey Lange was named Rookie of the Week after driving in nine runs in six games and Laura Ricciardone earned Pitcher of the Week honors, collecting three wins in three starts and allowing no earned runs in 16 innings of work.

Up Next
The Crimson returns to league action this weekend, opening Ivy North Division play at Brown. Saturday's doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday are slated to begin at 12:30 p.m.