Harvard vs. Dartmouth
The Crimson celebrates its five seniors this weekend, hosting Dartmouth in a three-game series (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball celebrates and outstanding senior class, hosting Dartmouth this weekend, April 21-22. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. both days and all three games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.
Last Time On The Diamond
The Crimson swept the series from Penn over the weekend. Junior Rhianna Rich batted .750 (9-12) with two doubles, a triple, and five runs, including the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth of game one of Saturday's, 8-7, win. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan posted a 2-0 mark without allowing an earned run in 14.3 innings, while also picking up her second save of the season tossing the final three innings of an 8-2 win in game two on Saturday.
Harvard (18-12, 11-4 Ivy) is hitting .299 as a team with a .380 on-base percentage and a .443 slugging percentage. Leading Crimson batters with a .441 batting average and nine 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 15 multiple hit games, including six three-hit games. Junior Katie Duncan has posted a 12-7 record with a 2.58 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, and 63 strikeouts.
Dartmouth (15-14, 9-3 Ivy) is hitting .239 as a team with a .304 on-base percentage and a .386 slugging percentage. Appearing and starting in all 28 games for the Big Green, sophomore Micah Schroder has posted a .353 batting average with a staggering 1.050 OPS (.636 SLG%, .414 OBP) in addition to tallying eight doubles, one triple, five homeruns, and 20 RBI. Senior Breanna Ethridge leads Dartmouth pitchers with a 4-6 record, 2.87 ERA, and 69 strikeouts.
Series vs. Dartmouth
Harvard leads the series, 61-23. The Crimson has won the last five meetings, including sweeping the series last season following back-to-back wins on April 30, 2017.
Ivy League Honors
Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich reeled in her third Ivy League Player of the Week honors, after batting .750 (9-12) with two doubles, a triple, and five runs scored in a sweep over Penn. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan was also a three-time recipient earning Pitcher of the Week honors (Feb. 26, March 5, and April 16), while junior Meagan Lantz earned the first player of the week honors of the season (Feb. 26).
Why Harvard? – Rhianna Rich
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.
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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 24 with a non-conference game at Boston College. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.