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Brown’s Gem Helps Softball Cap California Trip With 1-0 Win Over San Diego

Rachel Brown tossed a one-hit shutout against San Diego Saturday (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
Rachel Brown tossed her second shutout of the season as the Harvard softball team wrapped up its stay in California with a 1-0 win over San Diego Saturday. The win was Harvard's first at the 2011 San Diego Classic II tournament and moves the Crimson to 8-8 on the season.

While hits were limited throughout the game, Harvard connected on a handful in the early innings. Kasey Lange ripped a double in the Harvard first and the Crimson picked up two more doubles in the second, bringing home the game's lone run. Stephanie Regan led off the inning with a double to left and after a Jane Alexander sacrifice groundout, Mari Zumbro drove her in with a double to left-center. Mariel Sena followed with a single but the Crimson was unable to bring another run home.

The one run proved to be all Harvard needed in the game as Brown silenced the San Diego bats from start to finish. She struck out the side in the third and held the Toreros hitless through the first six frames. With one out in the top of the seventh, San Diego broke up the no-hitter with an infield single, but Brown struck out the final two batters of the game to seal the 1-0 win.

Brown finished the game with a season-high 15 strikeouts and notched her second complete-game shutout of the year. Lange picked up a pair of hits in the game while Zumbro recorded the game's lone RBI.

The Crimson returns home and will see its first action in the Northeast when it takes on Boston University Tuesday in a 4 p.m. game.