Softball Takes Twinbill Against Brown, 4-1 and 4-0
The Crimson allowed zero runs in the nightcap (Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team recorded its second Ivy League series sweep of the season, taking down Brown in a pair of games, 4-1 and 4-0, Saturday at Soldiers Field.
The Crimson (19-11, 5-0 Ivy) stretches its current winning streak to 10 games while Brown (2-24, 0-10 Ivy) absorbed its 21st straight loss.
It didn't take long for Harvard to get on the board in Game 1 as the Crimson grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Shelbi Olson got on to start the inning when the senior singled. Olson stole second and advanced to third off Adrienne Hume's ground out single and Kasey Lange brought Olson in. Katherine Lantz followed the run with a single to center field before a wild pitch advanced the junior to second. Emily Gusse walked and Laura Ricciardone's drove in Lantz and Gusse to give Harvard a 3-0 lead.
Ricciardone was in cruise control in the circle through the first five innings for the hosts, allowing just three hit and no runs during that span. The Bears would not stay quiet the whole game, however, as the visitors used a Janet Leung double to right center to bring Laure Hanna, who got on base by being hit by a pitch, into score.
Harvard's defense ended the game as a ground out to second baseman Alex Scott sealed the 4-1 win for the Crimson. Lange went 2 for 3 with an RBI, while Olson and Ricciardone each recorded RBIs in the contest. Riccardone earned the win for Harvard, pitching all seven innings, allowing four hits and striking out six Bears batter.
Similar to Game 1, the Crimson did not waste time in the closer, plating three runs in the bottom of the third. Hume reached on a single up the middle and Lange followed with a double to center field. A powerful at-bat from Gusse ended with the junior driving a triple to right field, allowing Hume and Lange to round the bases for the game's first runs. Ricciardone's single to short brought Gussee in to make the score 3-0.
Harvard struck again in the fifth, with a Lantz single to short to lead off the inning. After Gusse advanced to second on a Brown error, Scott drove a single to first base that scored Lantz to give the Crimson the final 4-0 edge.
Taylor Cabe was efficient in the circle, allowing just five base runners and striking out 10 through seven innings in the clean sheet. Gusse connected on 2-of-3 with two RBI and scored a run, while Ricciardone also went 2 for 3 and tallied one RBI.
Harvard is back at it tomorrow when it finishes the series against the Bears with a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m. The Crimson will also be recognizing its senior class in a pregame ceremony.