Zoe Galindo is second on the Crimson in batting at .340 (Fran Ruchalski).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Following 11 games in California as part of its spring break trip, the Harvard softball team (9-10) returns to the East Coast to face Rhode Island on the road Thursday, March 24 in a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
Harvard competed in two tournaments while on the West Coast, starting at the Loyola Marymount Tournament and then playing at the San Diego State Classic II. The Crimson started out 4-3 at Loyola Marymount, notching victories against Monmouth, LMU and two against Fairleigh Dickinson. Harvard hit a bit of a rough stretch in San Diego, dropping its first four games of the tournament, including two by one run, but capped its trip with a 4-1 victory over San Diego.
Two of Harvard's top three hitters this season have been freshman. Rhianna Rich leads the team with a .377 average, while Meagan Lantz is third at .326, while pacing the Crimson in RBI with 12. Lantz is also tied with Haley Davis for the team lead in home runs with three.
Senior Zoe Galindo is second on the team in batting average at .340. A constant threat on the base paths, Galindo has a team-high six steals. Fellow senior Haley Davis is fifth on the team in batting average at .295, while ranking second in RBI with 10.
Pacing the Ivy League
Nearing the midpoint of the season, the Crimson lead the Ivy League in three categories, fielding percentage, steals and runs scored. Harvard has a .973 fielding percentage, is averaging 1.16 steals per game and is scoring at a 4.79 clip.
Sit 'Em Down
Senior Morgan Groom ranks second in the Ivy League in strikeouts per seven innings at 7.9. That number is good for 50th in the nation and trails only Dartmouth's Breanna Ethridge's 8.4 in conference.
Scouting Rhode Island
Thursday's doubleheader at the URI Softball Complex will be the first for the Rams in 12 days after finishing up at the Liberty Softball Classic March 12. URI went 2-3 at the tournament in Lynchburg, Virginia, picking up wins over Sacred Heart and Liberty. It enters the matchup with the Crimson with a 7-10 overall record, but is coming off consecutive losses to La Salle and Norfolk State.
Junior Marylynn Muldowney holds a narrow edge in the batting average lead for the Rams. Muldowney comes in at .343, while sophomore Paige Julich is hitting .342 and junior Ali Summers holds a .340 mark. Sophomore Kylie Shivery is the fourth Ram hitting over .300 at .314 and leads the team in RBI with 19 and home runs with four.
Freshman Becca Rogers has a 5-3 record in the circle, while senior Caitlin Kennedy has all three of URI's saves this season. Rogers sports a 3.13 ERA with 30 strikeouts, while Kennedy comes in with a 4.53 ERA.