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Softball Set to Compete Against Dartmouth at Ivy League Championship this Weekend

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Ivy League Championship at Dartmouth
May 12-13, 2018
(Sat) 1 p.m. / 3 p.m. (Sun) noon (if necessary).
 Dartmouth Softball Park | Hanover, N.H.
Game 1 | Game 2 | Game 3
Ivy League Network
 Harvard leads, 63-24
L, 3-1 (April 22, 2018)
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The Crimson appears in the Ivy League Championship Series for third straight year (Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –  Making its third consecutive appearance in the Ivy League Championship Series, Harvard softball travels to Dartmouth this weekend, May 12-13, looking for its seventh title and first since 2012. First pitch is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday.

All games in the best of three series will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.

2018 Season Overview
Harvard claimed a spot in the Ivy League Championship Series after finishing second in the league with a 14-7 conference mark and 21-16 overall. Three-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich recorded a career-year leading the Crimson with a .455 batting average. Finding herself in amongst the top-10 in Division I in four categories, Rich concluded the regular season with an 11-game hitting streak. Senior outfielder Maddy Kaplan had team-high 13-game hitting streak earlier in the season and is currently ranked 40th in the nation as toughest to strike out. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan has also registered a career year in the circle, leading Ivy League with a 14-9 record, including a 9-3 mark against conference opponents. This season, the northern New Jersey native tied her career single-game high in strikeouts twice, fanning seven opposing batters against Southern Utah on March 11, and Dartmouth on April 21.

This Year Against Dartmouth
The Crimson captured the season series this year, taking two of three from the Big Green on April 21-22. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan tied her career single-game best striking out seven Dartmouth batters in an 11-inning, 6-5, victory in game one, before classmate, right-hander Sarah Smith struck out five in a 4-1 win in game two. Dartmouth salvaged the final game of the three-game series on Sunday, April 22, but freshman Alyssa Saldana made the play of the game, throwing out Schae Nelson at the plate for the third out of the sixth inning. 

About the Ivy League Championship Series
The Ivy League Championship Series is a best of three-game series with the winner receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA regionals next week. Harvard's last Ivy title came in 2012, defeating Penn in two games to win back-to-back championships. Dartmouth last won in 2014 and 2015 – its only two Ivy League crowns.

Scouting Dartmouth
Dartmouth (22-16, 16-5 Ivy) claimed first place and the right to host the Ivy League Championship Series winning its last seven contests, including sweeping the season series from Yale and Brown. Hitting .254 as a team, sophomore Micah Schroder leads the Big Green with a .371 batting average (28-116), 12 doubles, one triple, six homeruns, and 27 RBI. Junior Taylor Ward is right behind, posting a .310 batting average. Senior Breanna Ethridge leads Dartmouth in the circle fanning 106 opposing batters, while freshman Heather Turner has posted a 10-4 mark with a 3.63 ERA.

Classroom Success
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.   

Full Release: Softball Earns NFCA Top-10 Academic Team Honors 

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

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