Harvard vs. Penn
The Crimson prepares for a three-game weekend series against Penn (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball returns to the Soldier's Field diamond on Friday April 13 to begin a three-game, Ivy League series against Penn beginning at 3 p.m. The Crimson and Quakers will play a doubleheader the following day, Saturday April 14. All three games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time On The Diamond
The Crimson took the season series from Columbia, 2-1, last weekend. Junior infielder Erin Lockhart launched two homeruns in the series, including the game-winner in the top of the sixth inning of the rubber game on Saturday, April 7. Lockhart went three-for-eight with two homeruns, three RBI and two runs scored against the Lions. Junior right-hander Sarah Smith improved to 3-0 year, earning the win in game three after tossing 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on one hit.
Harvard (15-12, 8-4 Ivy) is hitting .281 as a team with a .367 on-base percentage and a .419 slugging percentage. Leading Crimson batters with a .427 batting average and eight multiple RBI games, senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan registered, a team-best, 13-game hitting streak from March 9 through April 6. Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich has led the team with 12 multiple hit games, including nine two-hit games. Junior Katie Duncan has posted a 10-7 record with a 2.99 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 55 strikeouts.
Penn (11-15, 7-5 Ivy) is hitting .279 as a team with a .347 on-base percentage and .373 on-base percentage. Coming off a three-game sweep against Yale, junior second baseman Sam Pederson and sophomore Jennifer Brann grabbed Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Week honors, respectively. Pederson posted a .600 (6-10) batting average with two triples and four RBI, while Bran registered a 2-0 record with a 0.70 ERA and five strikeouts in the circle.
Series vs. Penn
Harvard leads the series against Penn, 54-18-1. The Crimson split the series last season, following a 2-1 win on April 1, 2017.
Ivy League Honors
Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich reeled in her second Ivy League Player of the Week honors, after batting .714 (5-7) with a triple, homerun, five RBI, and eight runs scored in a three-game sweep of Princeton last week end. Junior left-hander Katie was also a two-time recipient earning Pitcher of the Week honors twice (Feb. 26 and 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.
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Harvard returns to the diamond on Tuesday, April 17 hosting a single game against Bryant. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.