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2010_4_11 Columbia sweep Rachel no hitter

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Softball career


CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-Freshman Rachel Brown of the Harvard softball team has been named the 2009 Ivy League Rookie of the Year. She and fellow first-team honoree Jennifer Francis were among six Crimson players recognized with the release of the All-Ivy League teams Thursday afternoon.

Brown was one of two first-team All-Ivy League pitchers selected, while Francis was one of three outfielders chosen. Sophomore Emily Henderson was a second-team All-Ivy outfield selection, while senior catcher Hayley Bock, junior third baseman Melissa Schellberg and sophomore second baseman Ellen Macadam earned All-Ivy honorable mention.

A record-breaking season made Brown the third Harvard player and second in the last three years to earn selection as Ivy Rookie of the Year, joining Lauren Murphy in 2007 and Deborah Abeles '00 in 1997. The Crimson's other five selections were all repeat picks. Schellberg garnered honorable mention for the third straight season. Henderson made the All-Ivy League first team a year ago, while Bock, Francis and Macadam were all second-team honorees.

Brown posted a 16-7 record and struck out a school-record 211 batters this season. She threw a pair of one-hitters and three two-hitters and reached double-digits in strikeouts on 10 occasions. She was the tournament most valuable player at both the Miken Classic and Highlander Classic. Brown ranks ninth nationally with 9.8 strikeouts per game and 10th with four saves.

The San Diego native tied for third on Harvard's single-season wins list, and her earned-run average of 1.49 was the fifth lowest for a season in program history. After one season, Brown already ranks seventh on the Crimson's career strikeouts list and is tied for 12th on the program's all-time wins list.

Francis led the Crimson with a .311 overall batting average and 24 runs batted in but saved her best for Ivy League play. The junior rightfielder hit .368 against league foes, good for ninth in the Ancient Eight, and also led the Crimson with a .579 slugging percentage and .455 on-base percentage in league play. She started all 44 of Harvard's games, hit three home runs and scored 20 runs. She moved into sixth on Harvard's career RBI list (75) and eighth on the career home runs list (12).

Henderson led the Ivy League in stolen bases for the second straight season, with 15 overall and nine in Ivy play. She was the Crimson's second-leading Ivy hitter, batting .328 and scoring a team-best 14 runs in league games. Overall, she started 39 games and tied for second on the squad with 24 runs. Her 15 steals tied her for eighth on Harvard's single-season list and moved her up to third in program history with 43 career steals.

Bock had a dominant final season behind the plate, throwing out 15 runners attempting to steal, one off the school single-season record. The team co-captain also picked off five baserunners, limited Ivy opponents to 10 attempted steals and did not commit an error. She finished her career as the school record-holder in runners caught stealing (36) and times hit by pitch (29). She shared the team lead with four home runs to finish tied for ninth all-time at Harvard in home runs (11) and RBI (66).

Macadam was the Crimson's leading run-scorer with 25 and its third-leading hitter with a .288 average. She also stole nine bases and laid down a team-high eight sacrifice bunts. She started 43 games, mostly at second base, and committed just two errors in 165 chances for a .988 fielding percentage.

Schellberg played in all 44 games, starting 42 at third base. She tied for second on the team with 23 RBI and continued to thrive as a standout defensive third baseman and clutch hitter. Schellberg posted a .932 fielding percentage at the hot corner and struck out just six times in 131 plate appearances to rank as the 29th-toughest player in the country to strike out.

The Crimson finished 27-17 and 12-8 in the Ivy League to finish second in the Ivy League North Division. Harvard won the Miken Classic and Highlander Classic championships during its non-league season.


High School

4 year San Diego Div 2 Scripps Ranch High letterwinner



2007   198 K's in 100 innings

2008   400 K's CIF season record

5th in career CIF strike outs

Union Tribune Athlete of the week

Union Tribune Athlete of the month

Union Tribune Academic Team captain

26-3, 3rd most season wins in CIF history

2008 Torrey Pines tournament MVP

1st Team All-conference






2004-2007  Thunder 2004-2007

2006 Nationals 2006 (16U ASA) with San Diego Renegades 5-1 record, 5th place finish

2007 Nationals 2007 (18U ASA Gold) with So Cal Breakers 2-0 with 1 save, 13th place finish

2008 San Diego Renegades Did not qualify

2009 So Cal Breakers.  Qualified in Portland, 48th at ASA Gold Nationals




San Diego Union Articles


Scripps Ranch senior sets strikeout record


May 6, 2008

EL CAJON – Scripps Ranch senior Rachel Brown set a San Diego Section softball record for strikeouts in a season yesterday in the Falcons' 6-0 win over host Christian.

Brown fanned 10, giving her 350 strikeouts for the year to top the mark of 347 set by Christian's Sarah Dawson in 1993.

Sarah's mother, Roma Dawson, the coach at Christian, gave Brown a hug when play was halted after the record-breaking strikeout.

“It was pretty emotional,” Scripps Ranch coach Mary Jo Griswold said.

After Brown tied the record by fanning the first batter in the bottom of the sixth, she struck out the side.

“She absolutely dominated the next two batters,” Griswold said. “She took it to the next level when she got close to the record.

“Her strength is her consistency. She's averaging two K's an inning. She never falls behind a batter. She's amazing.”

Brown, who will play at Harvard next season, is 23-2 for third-ranked Scripps Ranch (25-3-2).

“She's the epitome of a student-athlete,” Griswold said. “She's really mastered her craft. She's a thrill to watch.”


Dawson strikeout record falls to Scripps Ranch's Brown


Scripps Ranch pitcher Rachel Brown (right)
is congratulated by teammates after breaking
the CIF-SDS single season strikeout record
set by Christian's Sarah Dawson in 1993.
(Photo by Jeanne Royce)


© East County Sports.com
EL CAJON (5-6-08) — One of the oldest records listed on the fastpitch pages of the CIF-San Diego Section record book was broken Monday (May 5). And ironically, the feat was broken at the on-campus field at Christian High School.

In an Eastern League contest, Scripps Ranch senior Rachel Brown set a single-season section record with 350 strikeouts, leading the 3rd-ranked Falcons over the host Patriots, 6-0.

The Harvard-bound hurler struck out 10 batters to surpass the milestone, eclipsing the 1993 mark of 347 set by Christian's SARAH DAWSON, who went on to became the 1997 MVP of the women's pro league for the old Orlando Wahoos, and is now an NCAA Division I head coach for Louisiana Tech.

"I had to wish her congratulations," said Patriots coach ROMA DAWSON (Sarah's mother), who gave Brown a hug as the contest was briefly halted to acknowledge the accomplishment. "She keeps batters off-balance so well."

Brown finished with a 1-hit shutout, the lone hit being a clean basehit by MONIQUE ELLIOTT on a ball hit over the head of the Falcons third baseman in the 5th inning. Otherwise, Brown kept Christian batters on their heels with a variety of pitches.

"She has a riser and a drop, then a curve which she spots on the outside really well," said Roma Dawson. "And, of course, she has a fastball -- Rachel just has an assortment of pitches to go with to keep batters off stride."

Sarah Dawson was known as a strict power pitcher by firing the ball past batters at the prep, collegiate and professional levels.

In her college career, Dawson amassed a record of 120-56 while registering 151 complete games, 1,242.1 innings pitched, 1,280 strikeouts and 74 career shutouts.

Her complete games, innings pitched, strikeouts and career shutouts all rank in the top 10 in NCAA Division I history while her 120 career wins rank No. 6 entering the 2008 season. And in 1997 during her senior season at UL-Monroe, Dawson earned a spot on the Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I All-America first team.

Brown tied then broke the record in the 6th, when she fanned the side in order.

"She knew she was close -- that's when she took it to the next level," said Scripps Ranch coach Mary Jo Griswold. "Her focus is simply amazing."

Brown preserved her shutout in the 7th after Christian placed two runners in scoring position.

AMANDA PLUM walked with one out, then a throwing error on a grounder by ALLIE SCOTT placed two runners aboard, both advancing on a sacrifice bunt by RICKI GENTRY. However, Brown escaped when a line drive by KARA CARTWRIGHT was caught by the Falcons third baseman to end the contest.

Scripps Ranch (25-3-2) remains in a first-place deadlock with Patrick Henry, which should stand after the teams split the season series. Christian (10-12) can clinch fourth place in the Eastern League with a road victory Wednesday against 5th-place Morse to complete the regular season


Union Tribune Athlete of the Week

Rachel Brown
Scripps Ranch

A Harvard University recruit, Brown went 2-0-1 in four games in the Cougar Classic. The senior struck out 54 in 23 innings, allowing three hits and no runs. Brown struck out 19 in a win over San Pasqual.


Union Tribune Player of the month

Rachel Brown
Scripps Ranch

Talk about dominant. Brown, who will attend Harvard, compiled a 10-0 record last month with a 0.00 ERA. In 77 innings, the senior surrendered just 15 hits while striking out 161 as Scripps Ranch put together a 12-1-2 record.

Scripps Ranch pitcher thrives in home's softball environment

By Justin Lafferty


8:40 p.m. April 15, 2008



Scripps Ranch pitcher Rachel Brown, who will attend Harvard in the fall, is 14-1 for the No. 3-ranked Falcons.


Rachel Brown feels at home on a softball field, but her family appears to have taken that literally.

Brown, a senior pitcher for Scripps Ranch High, lives in a house that's a scoreboard and sunflower seeds away from becoming her favorite place in the world. Her father, Craig Brown, built a pitching circle in the back yard, complete with lights in case Rachel's bullpen sessions extend into the night.

The project became necessary a couple of years ago when the upstairs hallway was no longer suitable for fastballs. After Rachel and younger sister Meredith put dents in the wall, Craig felt it best to practice outside.

The downstairs hallway converts into a batting cage, with softballs shooting into a netted garage.

Rachel is grateful that her parents have helped nourish her softball career, even if it's meant a little remodeling.


“My dad has always been there for me,” Brown said of her longtime batterymate. “Having my dad catch me all these years has been huge.”

Brown is 14-1 this season with an ERA just above zero. She tossed a no-hitter Friday, striking out 18 in Scripps Ranch's 14-0 win over Serra.

Falcons coach Mary Jo Griswold attributes Brown's success to her ability to throw four pitches for strikes, including a nasty riser.

What keeps Brown's motor going is a list, printed on a small piece of paper.

At the top are the words “perfect game,” something she's still trying to achieve. Next, it's “no-hitter,” which she's thrown a few times. From there, it goes to one-hitter, shutout, a win and, in black letters, confidence. Brown makes sure she never loses her poise in the circle.

“She pitches tougher when runners are on base. That's when she bears down,” Griswold said. “I see her take complete control. She gets the ball back and immediately throws, disrupting the timing of the batter.”

The Falcons (16-2-2), ranked third in the San Diego Section, look up to Brown not only as a team captain, but as the “team mom,” a title they bestowed on her. They respect her sense of responsibility as well as her organization skills, which she learned from a fifth-grade teacher. Brown counts her day planner as one of her friends and won't leave home without it.

“If I were to have a daughter, I'd want her to be like Rachel,” Falcons senior center fielder Jackie Nguyen said.

In the fall, Brown will be attending Harvard. The native San Diegan will experience four seasons for the first time, thanks not only to her softball talent but a 4.33 GPA.

“Academically, (Harvard) stands on its own, but on my recruiting trip it was beautiful and right near Boston,” Brown said. “I thought it would be interesting to have a complete change, with East Coast versus West Coast, and experience weather. I just love the atmosphere and I can see myself fitting in there.”

Brown will miss home, though. After all, Harvard might frown on turning a dorm hallway into a bullpen.




Season strikeouts  400  1st in SD CIF  (Previous record 347, set in 1993)

Career strikeouts 738 8th in SD CIF

Shutouts in a season 19, 4th in SD CIF

Wins in a season 26, 3rd in SD CIF

Consecutive shutouts 8, 8th in SD CIF

UT Player of the Week

UT Brietbard Player of the Month

SD UT Academic Team Captain

Eastern League 1st Team

Eastern League Pitcher of the Year

Div 2 first team

Div 2 Pitcher of the Year




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