Out of Left Feld
The winds of change howling through the world of sports safety have become impossible to ignore. Traditional football has nearly been toppled by the gusts, and the winds’ next victim, hockey, lies just around the corner. Adding to the drafts is none other than our little Ivy League.
The breezes began back in 2009, when the NFL was called out by Congress for not adequately protecting its players from the dangers of concussions and other head injuries.
Senior Rachel Brown is co-captain of the Harvard softball team, the reigning unanimous Ivy League Pitcher of the Year and the Ivy League record-holder for strikeouts. But she might not be the best pitcher on the Crimson these days.
Thus far in April, Brown has posted an impressive 1.36 ERA, but she’s been outdone by sophomore Laura Ricciardone, who’s ERA this month is a paltry 1.17. In conference play, Ricciardone has been giving up 1.7 runs per seven innings while the team’s incumbent ace has notched a 2.65 ERA against Ivy competition.