After losing the Ivy League Championship Series in 2016 and 2017 against Princeton, maybe all Harvard softball needed was a change in scenery. The Crimson traveled to Hanover, N.H., where it bested Dartmouth in two games to claim the Ancient Eight title and advance to the NCAA Regionals.
Senior Alexa Altchek connects on a pitch earlier this season against Princeton. Harvard did well lined up at plate this season, notching a top-three spot in the categories of batting average, OBP, and slugging percentage. Dartmouth has been mediocre by the same standards.
This weekend, Dartmouth softball handily swept Brown to finish 16-5 in conference play. In doing so, the Big Green clinched home field advantage in the Ivy League Championship Series and will host Harvard in next weekend's best-of-three set.
One win was all that the Harvard needed. After picking up that one win at Brown, the Crimson dropped the other two to close out its season, but will head to the Ivy Championship series for the third straight year.
Junior southpaw Katie Duncan enters her windup as she prepares to make a pitch against Dartmouth last weekend. Duncan pitched a total of 13 innings across two games against the Big Green, and two more frames on Tuesday against Boston College, giving up two unearned runs to the Eagles in the sixth.
In its last game before heading to Brown to close out the regular season, the Crimson lost a low-scoring affair against Boston College, 3-1, at the new Harrington Athletics Village in Brighton.
In crucial games, like this past weekend’s Ivy League series tilt against Penn, the junior class has stepped up in a big way. This week, it was shortstop Rhianna Rich and pitcher Katie Duncan who answered the call.