Harvard vs. Princeton
The Crimson opens at home against Princeton this weekend (Katie Lockhart).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball opens at home this weekend, March 31 and April 1, against defending Ivy League champion, Princeton. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. both days. All three games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network, while Saturday's doubleheader can also be viewed on Facebook Live.
Last Time On The Diamond
The Crimson dropped the season series to Cornell, 1-2 in its last time on the diamond on March 25-26. In Harvard's lone win, a 14-3 win in game one of Monday afternoon's doubleheader, junior Rhianna Rich tied her career single-game high, driving in four runs, while going three-for-four with two runs scored. Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan picked up her seventh win of the season after allowing just two earned runs on five hits, while striking out three in five innings.
Harvard (10-11, 3-3 Ivy) is hitting .272 as a team with a .352 on-base percentage as a team. Leading the Crimson offense with a .457 batting average, senior Maddy Kaplan enters this weekend's contest riding a 12-game hitting streak. It is the longest streak for any Crimson player of the season. Junior Meagan Lantz had a nine-game streak earlier in the season. Junior Kathleen Duncan has recorded a 7-7 record with a 2.86 ERA and 28 strikeouts.
Princeton (4-15, 2-1 Ivy) is coming into Cambridge after claiming the season series against Brown, following back-to-back wins on March 24 and 28. Appearing and starting all 19 games this season, junior Keeley Walsh has posted a .333 batting average with two doubles, one homerun, and seven RBI. Sophomore Megan Donahey has posted a .328 average, while driving in three runners.
Series vs. Princeton
Harvard is 29-49 against Princeton. The Crimson fell to the Tigers in the 2017 Ivy League Championship game on May 6.
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? – Kaitlyn Schiffhauer
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
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 conference play, traveling to Boston University on Tuesday, April 3. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.