Brown Mows Down Foes

Published by Kate Leist on April 28, 2010 at 3:10AM

For fans of Harvard softball, one thing has become a near-guarantee over the last two years: put sophomore Rachel Brown on the mound, and the Crimson will probably come away with the win.

After a phenomenal freshman season in which the hurler took home Ivy Rookie of the Year honors, Brown’s compiling some serious credentials for another piece of hardware—Ancient Eight Pitcher of the Year.

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No-Hittin' is a Habit

Published by Kate Leist on April 13, 2010 at 3:10AM

Sophomore pitcher Rachel Brown has made quite the name for herself in her two years on the Ivy softball circuit. On Sunday, she put another feather in her already-decorated cap when she pitched a no-hitter for the second-consecutive weekend.

You can read all about Brown’s performance—which garnered her Athlete of the Week honors from The Crimson’s sports staff—here. But in the meantime, The Back Page spoke with Brown and her teammates, and here’s what they had to say about the standout sophomore.

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Baseball and Softball Are Friends of FOJ

Published by Max N. Brondfield and Kate Leist on April 12, 2010 at 3:10AM

Harvard softball players wearing purple ribbons.

The Harvard baseball and softball teams showed their muscle at the plate on Saturday, racking up 36 runs in four games, but the squads also put their strongest muscle on display: the heart.

Softball and baseball teamed up over the weekend to sponsor Friends of Jaclyn Day, an event focused on increasing awareness of pediatric brain tumors through FOJ—an organization that pairs collegiate and high school teams with children suffering from cancer.

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No-hitter? No Problem

Published by Kate Leist on April 05, 2010 at 3:10AM

Sophomore Rachel Brown had her first no-hitter of her young career this weekend.

Not even halfway through her Harvard career, sophomore pitcher Rachel Brown has already made her way into Crimson softball history.

A year after setting the program single-season strikeout record, Brown added another accomplishment to her already-lengthy resumé on Friday—her first career no-hitter.

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Pitching Controversy Follows Softball

Published by Brian A. Campos on April 03, 2010 at 3:10AM

Inconsistent umpiring has caused controversy in NCAA softball this season.

When you think about softball, controversy is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But this season, a new trend in officiating is drawing attention from players, coaches, and writers all over the country.

“Crow hopping” is a term often used to describe an illegal motion by the pitcher while she is throwing the ball. Some pitchers separate their foot from the rubber and move forwards as they’re throwing—against the official rule, which states that she must have her foot on the mound in order for the pitch to count. If the pitcher fails to adhere to the rule, the batter is awarded a ball, and any baserunners are advanced one base.

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