Harvard at Boston College
The Crimson returns to the diamond tomorrow afternoon against Boston College in Brighton, Mass. (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard breaks of Ivy League play with a non-conference game tomorrow afternoon at Boston College. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. in Brighton, Mass.
Last Time On The Diamond
The Crimson took two of three games from Dartmouth over the weekend, which included sweeping Saturday afternoon's doubleheader, 6-5, and 4-1. It took 11 innings for Harvard to pull out the come-from-behind, 6-5, victory in game one. Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich drove in Meagan Lantz with the game-winning run, beating out an infield single to shortstop. In game two, junior right-hander Sarah Smith picked up her fifth victory of the season, allowing one hit, while striking out five in a 4-1 win. Harvard dropped game three of the series, 3-1, but freshman Alyssa Saldana threw out Dartmouth's Schae Nelson at the plate, trying to advance on a fly out to center.
Harvard (20-13, 13-5 Ivy) is hitting .293 as a team with a .372 on-base percentage and a .433 slugging percentage. Leading the Crimson with a .427 batting average, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich has registered 17 multiple hit games (10 two-hit games, seven three-hit games), and is currently riding a seven-game hitting streak. Earlier this season, senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan registered, a team-best 13-game hitting streak from March 9 through April 6, one game shy of career longest. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan has posted a 13-7 record in the circle with three saves, a 2.53 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, and 70 strikeouts.
Scouting Boston College
Boston College (25-18, 11-6 ACC) is hitting .258 as a team with a .349 on-base percentage and a .362 slugging percentage. Appearing and starting in all 43 games, senior Annie Murphy leads the Eagles with a .383 batting average (54-141), while classmate Chloe Sharabba has registered 12 doubles on the season. Senior right-hander Jessica Dreswick has posted a 14-9 record in the circle with a 2.52 ERA, and 154 strikeouts.
Series vs. Boston College
Harvard trails the series, 17-37. The Crimson won the last meeting against the Eagles, 2-1, in Cambridge, Mass. on March 26, 2016.
Ivy League Honors
Junior right-hander Sarah Smith became the fourth Crimson player earn Ivy League weekly honors, posting a 1-0 mark with an ERA of zero, and seven strikeouts in eight innings against Dartmouth (April 23). Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich reeled in three Ivy League Player of the Week honors (March 12, April 2, and April 16), while classmate left-hander Katie Duncan pulled in three Pitcher of the Week accolades (Feb. 26, March 5, and April 16). 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 closes out the regular season with a three-game series at Brown this weekend on April 28-29. First place is slated for 12:30 p.m. on both days.