Softball Travels To Chapel Hill For The Carolina Classic Tournament on Friday

The Crimson returns to the diamond this weekend with the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Katie Lockhart).
The Crimson returns to the diamond this weekend with the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Katie Lockhart).

The Crimson returns to the diamond this weekend with the Carolina Classic in Chapel Hill, N.C. (Katie Lockhart).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball returns to the diamond this weekend with the Carolina Classic Tournament beginning on Friday, March 2. The Crimson will face Elon University at 2:30 p.m., before a 5 p.m. tilt with, host, North Carolina, which will be broadcast on the ACC Network.  

Schedule of Games

Date Opponent Time Links
Friday, March 2 Elon 2:30 p.m. Live Stats
Friday, March 2 North Carolina 5 p.m. Live Stats | Video
Saturday, March 3 Kansas Noon Live Stats
Sunday, March 4 Consolation/Championship 10 a.m. / 1 p.m. Live Stats 

 

Last Time On The Diamond
Harvard posted a 2-3 record over a three-day stretch at the Citrus Classic on Feb. 23-25. Junior second baseman Meagan Lantz registered a .438 (7-16) batting average with a 1.000 OPS (.500 SLG%, .500 OBP), while driving in four runners, and successfully swiping three of four bags. Lantz's double play partner, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich posted a .350 (7-20) batting average with three doubles from the top of the lineup.

Scouting Elon
Hitting .283 as a team, Elon (9-4) is coming off a doubleheader sweep of Howard, 7-2, 3-0, on Saturday, Feb. 24. Appearing and starting in all 13 games, Kara Shutt leads the Phoenix with a .435 (20-46) batting average and a .981 OPS (.543 SLG%, .438 OBP).  In the circle, Kiandra Mitchum is 4-1 with a 2.19 ERA and 34 strikeouts, while Abby Barker registering a two-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio to go along with a 3-1 record and a 2.07 ERA.

Scouting North Carolina
North Carolina (5-10) has faced four nationally ranked opponents, including defending national champion, No. 4 Oklahoma. The Tar Heels dropped a 3-1 decision to the Sooners in Palm Springs, California. Right fielder Kristina Burkhardt broke up the shutout launching her first homerun of the season in the top of the seventh.

Scouting Kansas
Kansas (12-3) enters the Carolina Classic Tournament as the hottest team, winning five of its last seven games by six or more runs. The Jayhawks are hitting above .300 has a team with four players driving in double digit runs. In the circle, Kansas pitchers have combined to post a 2.97 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP to go along with 79 strikeouts.

2018 Ivy League Preseason Poll
The first year the Ivy League conducted a preseason ranking, Harvard was picked to finish second receiving a total of 114 points, including five first place votes in a vote by media members, sports information directors, and national media. 

Full Release: Softball Tabbed Second in Ivy League Preseason Poll

All-Ivy Returners
Harvard tied Dartmouth, Penn and Princeton with the most All-Ivy League selections in 2017, and will return all seven All-Ivy honorees in 2018. Lead-off hitter and shortstop Rhianna Rich, who was one of the nation's top hitters last season, earned first team honors along with outfielder Maddy Kaplan

Full Release: Seven Members of Softball Team Earn All-Ivy Recognition

Classroom Success
Harvard garnered the NFCA's Top-10 Academic Team honors for the third straight year, earning a combined 3.588 GPA, the highest mark of all the Ivy League institutions. Additionally, a program-best, 17 Crimson athletes received individual All-America Scholar-Athlete honors.  

Full Release: Softball Earns NFCA Top-10 Academic Team Honors

The Class of 2021
Harvard softball welcomes three newcomers to the squad in 2018: Morgan Melito (Westlake Village, Calif./Westlake), Aubree Muse (Rineyville, Ky./Central Hardin), and Alyssa Saldana (Riverside, Calif./Martin Luther King, Jr.). 

At the Helm
Jenny Allard is in her 24th season as the head coach of the Harvard softball program, posting a 587-436-3 overall record, including a 281-107-1 mark against Ivy League opponents. Team and individual success has always gone hand-in-hand with Allard with six Ivy League titles, six 30-win season, and five NCAA Championship berths. In addition, she has produced 67 first team, 64 second team, and 41 honorable mention All-Ivy selections as well as seven Ivy League Player of the Years, six Pitcher of the Years, and six Rookie of the Years.

Harvard Magazine: Steering Softball 

Ivy League Network
The Ivy League Network returns for a fifth season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.

Multiple subscription options are available to fans, including school-specific and league-wide passes. To learn more about the Ivy League Network or to sign-up today, click here

What's Next
Harvard returns to the diamond on March 9-13 in southern California at the Loyola Marymount Invitational, before playing a pair games against Colgate and California-Riverside in Riverside, California.