CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – After a year in which it set new program records for wins in a season (36) and Ivy League wins in a season (18), the Harvard softball team had five players named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region teams, the organization announced Thursday. It marks just the second time in team history that Harvard has had multiple players receive the honor and the five players is the most to receive the accolade in a given year for the Crimson.
Senior Ellen Macadam and freshman Kasey Lange led the quintet of student-athletes, as both received first-team accolades. Macadam, who received all-region accolades as a junior and was named Ivy League Player of the Year this season, was among the league leaders in every offensive category, and led the Ancient Eight in hits (76) and runs scored (52). She also holds the school record for hits in a season (76) and a career (222), and runs in a season (52) and a career (139).
Lange led the league in RBI (65), doubles (20), sacrifice flies (6) and total bases (123) and was the unanimous decision for Rookie of the Year. Her .444 batting average at the end of the regular season ranked 12th nationally and she was also second in doubles per game (0.4) and sacrifice flies, and seventh in RBI per game (1.30).
Ivy League Pitcher of the Year Rachel Brown earned second-team accolades after becoming the first pitcher in Harvard history to record more than 20 wins in a season with 21. She also broke the league record and ranked 15th in the nation with 291 strikeouts and ranked third in the nation in K's per game (11.5).
Sophomore outfielder Stephanie Regan had a stellar Ivy League campaign, earning first-team all-league accolades and second-team all-region honors. She batted .463 in Ancient Eight contests, good for second in the league, and was third in hits (31) and fourth in runs (20) and doubles (7).
Freshman catcher Allison Scott rounded out Harvard's all-region selections, picking up a second team nod in her first season with the Crimson. She batted .421 in 19 Ivy games and tied for the team lead in home runs with six long balls in league action.
All five players are eligible for All-America accolades and the All-America team will be announced June 1.