PRINCETON, N.J.- In a unanimous decision from coaches across the Ivy League, senior Katie Duncan of the Harvard softball team was named Ivy League Pitcher of the Year in addition to collecting All-Ivy first team honors. The League additionally named a collective eight Crimson members for All-Ivy recognition, today, May 8. Harvard's eight recipients marks the most this season among its Ancient Eight competitors.
After setting a single-game career-high nine strikeouts on two occasions this season, Duncan leads the conference with a 16-5 overall record while boasting a 13-2 conference mark. Over the course of 141.0 innings, the left-handed pitcher tallied a conference-leading 93 strikeouts and a 2.73 ERA while leaving batters hitting a .281. Additionally, the New Jersey native tossed five 0.00 ERA contests and tabbed two shutouts against Brown (Mar. 30) and Cornell (May 4) in the Crimson's journey to claim consecutive Ivy League titles and its fourth-straight playoff appearance.
Fellow seniors Rhianna Rich, Meagan Lantz and Kaitlyn Schiffhauer collected second team honors. AS a two-time Ivy League second team member, Rich boasts a perfect stolen-base percentage, good for 90th in the nation in addition to a .277 batting average on her 36 hits. During Ancient Eight play, she hit .371 and a .444 on base percentage while making a double play with Lantz and Morgan Melito.
Second baseman Lantz leads the Crimson offense with a .320 batting average followed by Schiffhauer's .306. The pair have collectively totaled 74 hits, 43 RBI's, 42 runs and 17 doubles. Lantz also leads the team with 64 total bases and ranks second with a .512 slugging percentage after putting up four home runs this season, while Schiffhauer ranks as the 20th toughest player to strikeout in Division I.
Earning All-Ivy honorable mention, seniors Erin Lockhart and Elizabeth Shively, sophomore Morgan Melito and first-year Trina Hoang rounded out the accolades for the Crimson. In the back half of the season, Lockhart amassed 17 RBI's and two grand slams, while Shively boasts a team-leading .383 batting average against conference opponents.
In her second season with the Crimson, Morgan Melito leads the team with 25 RBI's while working the count for a walk on 18 occasions during her 101 at bats. Ranking 66th across the country in stolen basses, first-year Trina Hoang concluded the regular season after swiping the bag successfully ahead of her 17 of her 19 attempts with .311 batting average throughout 38 games.
The Crimson sets its eyes to this Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, as it hosts the Ivy League Playoffs against Columbia. Game time for both days is set for 1:30 p.m. as Harvard fights in a best of three-game scenario for the automatic berth to the NCAA Championship Tournament with broadcast coverage on ESPN+.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Micah Schroder, Dartmouth (Jr. – Houston)
PITCHER OF THE YEAR
*Katie Duncan, Harvard (Sr. – Allendale, N.J.)
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Emma Nedley, Penn (Fr. – Monroeville, Pa.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Jennifer Teague, Columbia
SP – Jennifer Brann, Penn (Jr. – Houston)
SP – *Katie Duncan, Harvard (Sr. – Allendale, N.J.)
SP – Alexa Pinarski, Columbia (Fr. – Dyer, Ind.)
C – Keeley Walsh, Princeton (Sr. – Stevenson Ranch, Calif.)
1B – Kaylee Grant, Princeton (Sr. – Keller, Texas)
2B – *Micah Schroder, Dartmouth (Jr. – Houston)
3B – Max Ortega, Columbia (So. – Highland, Calif.)
SS – Maria Pagane, Columbia (So. – Orlando, Fla.)
OF – Megan Donahey, Princeton (Jr. – Phoenix)
OF – Kayla Ketring, Penn (So. – Moorpark, Calif.)
OF – *Emma Nedley, Penn (Fr. – Monroeville, Pa.)
P/UTL – Terra Jerpbak, Yale (Sr. – Rescue, Calif.)
DP/UTL – Sommer Grzybek, Columbia (Jr. – Cooper City, Fla.)
SP – Madison Canby, Columbia (Jr. – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
SP – Allie Reynolds, Princeton (So. – Littleton, Colo.)
C – Sydney Grobman, Yale (So. – Coral Springs, Fla.)
1B – Bridgette Rooney, Cornell (Jr. – Hopewell Junction, N.Y.)
2B – Meagan Lantz, Harvard (Sr. – Parkland, Fla.)
3B – Lucy Yang, Penn (So. – West Hills, Calif.)
SS – Rhianna Rich, Harvard (Sr. – El Segundo, Calif.)
OF – Shelby Kennedy, Yale (Sr. – Vail, Ariz.)
OF – Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, Harvard (Sr. – Los Altos, Calif.)
OF – Taylor Ward, Dartmouth (Sr. – Toms River, N.J.)
OF – Kaitlyn Waslawski, Princeton (Sr. – South Elgin, Ill.)
P/UTL – Ali Blanchard, Princeton (Fr. – Lincoln, R.I.)
DP/UTL – Sarah Cwiertnia, Penn (Sr. – Villa Park, Calif.)
SP – Lauren Innerst, Brown (Fr. – San Jose, Calif.)
C – Amanda Nishihira, Columbia (Jr. – Los Alamitos, Calif.)
C – Elizabeth Shively, Harvard (Sr. – Dallas, Ga.)
1B – Morgan Melito, Harvard (So. – Westlake Village, Calif.)
1B – Abby Stuart, Columbia (Fr. – Southlake, Texas)
2B – Allison Kerce, Cornell (Fr. – Coral Springs, Fla.)
SS – Calista Almer, Dartmouth (Jr. – Pollock Pines, Calif.)
SS – Allison Harvey, Princeton (Jr. – Foothill Ranch, Calif.)
OF – Trina Hoang, Harvard (Fr. – Irvine, Calif.)
OF – Olivia Vinyard, Yale (Jr. – Valparaiso, Ind.)
P/UTL – Ashley Delany, Cornell (Fr. – Lumberton, N.J.)
DP/UTL – Erin Lockhart, Harvard (Sr. – Lincoln, Neb.)
DP/UTL – Cat Seitz, Brown (Sr. – Poway, Calif.)
^-first- and second-teams expanded due to ties in the voting