The Crimson is back on the road in Ithaca, N.Y. with a three-game series against Cornell (Katie Lockhart).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball returns to the diamond this weekend with a three-game, Ivy League, road series against Cornell, beginning on Sunday March 25 at 12:30 p.m. All three games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time On The Diamond
The Crimson took the series against Yale, 2-1, last weekend on March 17-18. Senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan posted a .727 batting average (8-11) with a staggering 1.909 OPS (1.182 SLG%, .727 OBP) against the Bulldogs. In a 10-4 comeback victory in game two Saturday afternoon, Kaplan tied her career single-game best, driving in four runs. Junior left hander Kathleen Duncan went 1-1 with a 2.33 ERA and three strikeouts.
Harvard (9-9, 2-1 Ivy) is hitting .268 with a .347 on-base percentage as a team. Leading the Crimson offense with a .467 batting average, senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan enters this weekend's contest riding a nine-game hitting streak, and has reached base safely in her last 13 games. It ties her with junior Meagan Lantz who had a nine-game streak earlier in the year. Junior left hander Kathleen Duncan has posted a 6-6 record with a 2.83 ERA and 43 strikeouts.
Cornell (5-8, 0-0 Ivy) opens its Ivy League schedule following back-to-back losses against Villanova and Delaware at the Delaware Invitational on Saturday, March 18. Led by Tori Tagashi's .424 batting average and 1.227 OPS (.727 SLG%, .500 OBP), the Big Red is hitting .288 as a team with a .350 on-base percentage. Sophomore Lisa Nelson leads Cornell with 29 strikeouts, while posting a 2-3 record and 3.57 ERA.
Harvard swept last year's meeting, defeating Cornell 8-3 and 9-5 on April 8, 2017.
Ivy League Honors
Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich was the third Harvard player two earn Ivy League weekly honors, after being named Ivy Player of the Week on Monday, March 12. Rich registered a .500 batting average (7-14) at the Loyola Marymount Invitational, while driving in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth in Harvard's comeback, 6-5, extra inning victory over regional foe Providence. The week prior junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan earned pitcher of the week honors for the second time (March 5), while junior Meagan Lantz earned the first player of the week honors of the season (Feb. 26).
Why Harvard? – Rhianna Rich
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Harvard breaks from Ivy action with a non-conference contest against Holy Cross on Thursday, March 29 in Worcester, Mass. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.