PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University softball will host Harvard University for a three-game series at the Brown Softball Field with a doubleheader on Saturday, Apr. 28 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, Apr. 29 at 12:30 p.m. in the team's final home contests of the season.
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Brown's seniors will play their final home series on the Brown Softball Field this weekend. The Bears' Class of 2018 includes Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.), Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.), and Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.). McGregor ranks fifth all-time at Brown with 13 career home runs, and Orona ranks fourth all-time at Brown with 246 career strikeouts.
LAST TIME OUT
Sophomore Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) and freshman Grace Ladd (Boulder, Colo.) combined to allow just one earned run over eight innings before Brown fell to Yale University in nine innings, 3-2, on Sunday afternoon at DeWitt Family Stadium. In the series finale, the Bears and Bulldogs stood tied at 2-2 through three innings prior to the hosts forcing home a run with a walk in the bottom of the ninth.
SCOUTING THE CRIMSON
Harvard enters the weekend with a 20-14 overall record and a 13-5 Ivy League mark. In Ivy League play, the Crimson have won series against Yale (2-1), Princeton (3-0), Columbia (2-1), Penn (3-0), and Dartmouth (2-1), while dropping a three-game set to Cornell (1-2). Rhianna Rich (.442 average, 53 hits, 41 runs, eight doubles, six triples) and Maddy Kaplan (.423 average, 44 hits, 10 doubles, 29 RBIs) lead Harvard at the plate. Katie Duncan (2.49 ERA, 121.0 innings, eight complete games, 4.11 strikeouts per seven innings) serves as Harvard's ace.
As a team, Brown enters the weekend ranked in the top half of the Ivy League in runs (120, fourth), triples (eight, second), sacrifice flies (13, second), sacrifice hits (25, third), and fielding percentage (.970, first).
WIMMER DOES IT ALL
Senior pitcher/utility Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) has performed well at both the plate and in the circle for the Bears. At the plate, she has hit .415 with 18 RBIs, seven doubles, and six home runs. In the circle, she has registered three complete games and posted a 6.80 ERA. Wimmer leads the Ivy League in slugging percentage (.744) and on-base percentage (.515), while ranking fifth in the conference in batting average.
WATERS SHARP IN IVY PLAY
Sophomore pitcher Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) has proven sharp in Ivy League play, leading the Bears in ERA (2.96), innings pitched (52.0), wins (three), and appearances (11). She ranks fifth in the league in innings pitched during conference play.
IN HER SEITZ
Junior Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) has posted a .348 batting average this season with 16 RBIs, nine doubles, and two home runs. Seitz ranks sixth in the Ivy League in doubles.
SCHMITZ STEPS RIGHT IN
Freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) has stepped in as the Bears' primary starter at second base and has notched a .280 batting average, including a .302 average in league games. She has tallied seven RBIs and five doubles and ranks first in the Ivy League with 10 sacrifice bunts.
VENEGAS WITH THE SINGLE
Junior Sofia Venegas (La Mirada, Calif.) has registered a .373 batting average this season and consistently reached base via the single, posting 18 singles in 19 hits. In Ivy play, she has hit .324 with 12 hits – all singles.
WATERS TAKES IVY PITCHER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore pitcher Emily Waters (Northridge, Calif.) gained Ivy League Pitcher of the Week honors on Apr. 2 after throwing her first career complete-game shutout against Penn on Apr. 1. She tossed the full 7.0 innings in a 4-0 win over Penn on Apr. 1, allowing just four hits in the shutout win. Waters tallied a 2.13 ERA over 26.1 innings on the week.
SCHMITZ WINS IVY ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.) gained Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Feb. 26 after earning All-Tournament Team accolades at the Hatter Invitational. Schmitz registered a .500 batting average (8-for-16) with five runs, two sacrifice hits, an RBI, and a stolen base on the week.
After finishing out its three-game series with Harvard, Brown closes its season at Dartmouth College in a three-game set with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m.