Brown Picks Up Second Ivy League Pitcher of the Week Award

Brown leads the Ivy League in wins and strikeouts this season (Gil Talbot).

For the second time in three weeks of the 2011 season, junior Rachel Brown of the Harvard softball team has been named Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. It is the third time this season that a Harvard player has received a weekly honor from the league.  

Brown continued her torrid start to the season, pitching well in all of her outings during the team’s spring break trip to California. She started the week with a complete-game effort against Wisconsin, fanning 12 batters and allowing three earned runs in the outing. In her next game, she went seven innings against San Diego State, scattering six hits, allowing one earned run and striking out 11 Aztec hitters.

Against Ohio State, Brown picked up nine strikeouts in six innings of work. She capped the California swing with her best outing of the season, twirling a one-hit shutout against San Diego and sitting down a season-high 15 batters over seven innings of work.

The junior leads the Ivy League in a number of categories, including wins (seven), strikeouts (104) and appearances (11). Despite absorbing three losses last week, her record stands at 7-3 on the season with an earned-run average of 2.00, good for second in the Ancient Eight. Brown has allowed just 43 hits in 63 innings of work this season.

Harvard starts its Northeast schedule Tuesday when it makes the short trip to Boston University to take on the Terriers in a 4 p.m. game.