The Putnam grad goes 16-0

Lauren Harvey had plenty of success when she played softball at Putnam, leading the Kingsmen to three league championships and earning league pitcher of the year honors three times.

But Harvey's success at Putnam is nothing like the success she has achieved as a pitcher for Linfield College's softball team.

The Wildcats last week won the NCAA Division III softball championship, finishing the 2011 season with a NCAA record 51 wins en route to 51-3 record.

A junior at Linfield, Harvey picked up 16 of those 51 wins, including the Cats 6-2 victory over Christopher Newport University in the May 24 championship final. Harvey took over in relief in the fifth inning of the final, with Linfield nursing a 2-1 lead, and scattered four hits, while yielding one earned run.

Harvey has put up some pretty good numbers in three seasons with the Wildcats. She was a perfect 16-0 this season, scattering 85 hits in 99 innings, while recorded 63 strikeouts and walking only 15 batters. She finished this year with a 1.70 ERA.

Harvey went 17-2, with a 1.71 ERA last year, as the Wildcats finished second in the nation to East Texas Baptist.

In her first three seasons at Linfield, Harvey has compiled a 31-2 record, with 140 strikeouts and 44 walks in 219-1/3 innings, for a 1.78 ERA.

Her senior year at Putnam, Harvey led the Kingsmen to their first undefeated league season since 1993, going 18-0 in league and 20-3 overall, with 201 strikeouts and 22 walks in 150 innings, and a 0.77 ERA.

As a junior at Putnam, Harvey went 23-3, with 195 strikeouts and 20 walks in 182 innings.

Harvey is an education/English major at Linfield.

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