Freshman Duo Picks Up Weekly Softball Awards

Kasey Lange (left) and Laura Ricciardone (right) earned their first weekly league awards (Harvard Athletic Communications).

After a week where the Harvard softball team went 6-0, including four league wins, freshmen Kasey Lange and Laura Ricciardone have been named Ivy League Rookie and Pitcher of the Week, respectively. It is the first league award for both players and the fourth and fifth league awards collected by Harvard players this season.        

Kasey Lange put together a stellar week at the plate for Harvard. She started the week with a pair of hits in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Rhode Island, going 2 for 4 in the game, driving in two runs and scoring a pair as well. She scored three runs in Game 2 against the Rams to help Harvard to 15-7 and 10-0 wins, both five-inning games. She went 2 for 4 in Game 2 against Penn Saturday, driving in a run in a 10-0 Harvard win.

Against Columbia, Lange took the team on her back, driving in six runs between the two games for a pair of 4-2 wins. She accounted for all the runs in Game 1 with her first career grand slam and plated the winning run in Game 2 with a two-RBI single.  For the week, she batted .529, slugged .882, and had a .600 on base percentage with nine hits, nine RBI, three doubles, a homer and two steals. She currently leads the league in RBI (28) and doubles (11).

Ricciardone shined in the circle for Harvard, picking up three wins in three starts last week. She fired four shutout innings against Rhode Island Tuesday, scattering five hits in a 10-0, five-inning win. In her first Ivy League game, she twirled a five-inning, one-hit shutout, striking out five Penn hitters in a 10-0 blowout. She capped the week going the distance in a 4-2 win against Columbia, surrendering just a pair of unearned runs and striking out five Lions in the game. In 16 innings pitched, she posted a 0.00 earned run average and 11 strikeouts, forfeiting just three walks.

Harvard’s next game is its Ivy home opener as it welcomes Princeton to Soldiers Field Friday for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m.