Alexander, Brown Garner Weekly Ivy Softball Awards

Rachel Brown (left) and Jane Alexander (right) helped Harvard to its most successful Spring Break trip in team history.

For the third time in three weeks this season, senior pitcher Rachel Brown has been named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Classmate Jane Alexander received Player of the Week accolades after the Crimson won eight of nine games on its Spring Break trip.

Brown's three consecutive Pitcher of the Week awards marks the first time a Crimson player has accomplished the feat since Shelly Madick '08 won three straight at the end of the 2007 season.

Brown made three appearances last week, collecting two victories and allowing just one earned run in 15.2 innings. Brown recorded five strikeouts in 1.2 innings of relief March 12 in an 8-5 win over Utah State, making her third relief appearance of the season. She fanned nine hitters and allowed her lone earned run of the trip in a 6-3 win over San Diego State, and capped the trip with a four-hit shutout of Long Beach State. Her win against LBSU gave her 60 career victories, a new Harvard all-time record, one more than the 59 posted by Tasha Cupp ’98. So far this season, Brown has set career program records in appearances (108), games started (79), complete games (53) and shutouts (20).

Alexander was the offensive catalyst for the Crimson throughout its time in California. In four games last week, she led all Harvard hitters with nine hits, recording multiple hits in all four contests. She went 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI against Utah State and collected two more hits and an RBI against San Diego State. She was 3 for 3 with a pair of doubles against UNLV, and finished the trip with a 2 for 4 showing with an RBI against Long Beach State. She also played perfect shortstop, notching four putouts and 11 assists with no errors.

Harvard kicks off its home schedule Thursday when it takes on Quinnipiac in a non-conference doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.