CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Currently at the top of the Ivy League standings, the Harvard softball team (20-17, 13-5 Ivy) looks to clinch the league title with a sweep over Cornell (10-32, 5-13 Ivy) this weekend, May 4-5. First pitch for both days begins at 12:30 p.m. with broadcast coverage on ESPN+.
What to Know
- If the Crimson was to sweep the Big Red, the team would clinch the Ivy League title for the second-straight year. Last year, Harvard captured its seventh championship title after sweeping the series from Dartmouth.
- Senior Meagan Lantz and first-year Teagan Shaw pave the way for the Crimson offense, boasting a .305 batting average each. Shaw has additionally collected six homeruns for a .559 slugging percentage, good for seventh in the Ivy League standings.
- Katie Duncan has been a crucial leader in the circle for the Crimson, as the senior currently leads the team and ranks fifth in the league with a 2.79 ERA.
- Harvard is coming off a series victory against Yale last weekend, taking two of the three games at Soldiers Field. With the two wins, the Crimson held on to first place in the league standings.
- Cornell currently places seventh in the Ivy League with a 5-13 conference mark and 10-33 overall record. The last time the two teams met a year ago, the Big Red took the contest, 7-2, but Harvard leads in the all-time series, 42-27.
- Saturday's first game of the doubleheader day marks the team's charity game to raise money for Harvard Special Olympics by selling t-shirts and raffle tickets, in addition to the first pitch honoring those athletes on May 4th at 12:30 p.m.
- The program will honor its seven standout seniors, Katie Duncan, Meagan Lantz, Erin Lockhart, Nicole Nishizawa, Rhianna Rich, Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and Elizabeth Shively, following the 2:30 p.m. contest on Saturday, May 4.
Should the Crimson clinch just one victory over the Big Red, the team will advance to the Ivy League playoff series against Columbia from May 10-11 to fight for the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Championships.