In her final season for the Crimson, Rachel Brown went out with a bang.
The Crimson managed to handle the pressure and repeat as Ancient Eight champions and leave its mark in the NCAA tournament.
The Harvard softball team split its doubleheader against Dartmouth on Sunday in Hanover, N.H.
The win marks Harvard’s ninth shutout of the season and the 24th shutout of Brown’s four-year career.
The Crimson swept Brown in two games on Saturday to clinch the North Division title for the third year in a row.
Due to forecasts predicting nasty weather towards the end of the week, Harvard’s schedule has been rearranged, and the team will have a chance at clinching as early as Saturday.
Last season, the Harvard softball team scored 19 runs to take down Yale, 8-0 and 11-1, in its doubleheader.
Despite nabbing a 6-2 win in the first game, Harvard (20-10, 7-1 Ivy) failed to keep the rally going in the second contest and was ultimately defeated, 5-1.
After shutting out Columbia in Friday’s doubleheader, the Harvard softball team kept the momentum going on Saturday, sweeping its two games against Penn, 4-3 and 10-1. After taking the first game by only one run, the Crimson (19-9, 7-1 Ivy) routed the Quakers (20-13, 5-3 Ivy) in five innings at home.
On Tuesday night, the Crimson (12-7) was unable to redeem itself or make use of its home field advantage, falling, 15-6, in its home opener against Bryant University (6-14).
Senior Rachel Brown lived up to her title as this week’s Ivy League Pitcher of the Week, allowing just two runs and striking out 29 batters in 22 2/3 innings pitched.
A sophomore slump isn’t expected to be a problem for third baseman Kasey Lange.
The Crimson (2-0, 0-0 EIVA) only needed three games to take down Rivier (1-1, 1-0 GNAC), sweeping the visitors (25-13, 25-21, 25-21) at the Muldoon Fitness Center on Friday night in Nashua, N.H.
The Harvard women’s squash team (10-0, 3-0 Ivy) remains undefeated as it overpowered Trinity, 8-1, at the George A. Kellner Squash Center on Saturday afternoon, winning its fifth consecutive victory over the No. 5 Bantams (9-2).
Despite having to deal with the academic stress and worries typical of reading period, the Harvard women’s swimming and diving team continued its streak of domination this past Friday, nabbing victories against Ivy League rivals Columbia and Penn.