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Home Runs Keep Softball Undefeated in Ivy League Action with Sweep of Brown, 6-4 and 5-2

Prior to first pitch, the Crimson honored its three graduating seniors (photo courtesy Athletic Communications). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The home runs were plentiful at Soldiers Field Sunday afternoon as the Harvard softball team hit four long balls in the doubleheader sweep of Ivy League North Division foe Brown.  

The victories stretch the Crimson's (21-11, 7-0 Ivy) win streak to 12-straight games, the longest win streak since matching that number in 1996. Brown, meanwhile, drops to 2-26 on the year and 0-11 in Ancient Eight action.  

Prior to the first pitch, Harvard honored the playing careers of its three seniors; Kasey Lange, Shelbi Olson and Allison Scott

Harvard jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in Game 1, aided by a walk by Adrienne Hume and a double to right center by Lange that advanced Hume to third. A homer to left field off the bat of Katherine Lantz to bring the runners in for the early edge.  

The Crimson struck again in the bottom of the second. AScott reached on an error by the Bears second baseman. With Catherine Callaway at the plate, Andrew Del Conte came in to pinch run for Scott and stole second and advanced to third on the second error by Brown's second baseman of the inning. Del Conte came in off a double by Olson who came home on a Hume double to left center. In the next at-bat, Lange reached on the Bear's third error of the inning, scoring Hume to push the lead to 6-0.  

The score remained 6-0 for the next two inning before the Bears got on the board. With an out on the board, Janet Leung singled to Emily Gusse to get on base. Leung advanced to third when Tris Chaves singled to right field. A single RBI by Schoenewald put Brown on the board before a Harvard error helped Laure Hanna, who pinch ran for Chaves, to reach home and cut the Crimson's lead to four, 6-2.The visitors put two more runs up in the top of the sixth for the final 6-4 ledger.  

Lantz drove in three runs in the game while Hume had a pair of hits in the triumph. Laura Ricciardone picked up the win in four innings of work with two strikeouts as Morgan Groom earned the save with two strikeouts in a single inning in the circle.  

Harvard jumped out to a quick lead in Game 2. Hume singled and stole second before Lange hit a long ball inches from the 200 yard pole in right field to notch two runs for the Crimson. Harvard matched its offensive output from the first inning in the second as Appelbe singled and advanced to second on a passed ball. After two its, Hume blasted a homer to center field to plate two more runs and bring the score to 4-0.  

Brown wouldn't go down without a fight, however, earning a run in the top of the fourth when C. Andrews, who tripled, was brought off Leung's single.  

The Crimson's fourth home run of the afternoon came off the bat of Gusse who hit the long ball to center field as the leadoff hitter for Harvard in the top of the sixth. The Bears netted one score in the top of the seventh, but it wouldn't be enough as the Crimson took the 5-2 victory.  

Harvard combined for three homers in the closer. Hume and Lange had a pair of RBI in Game 2, while Hume score twice in the win. Groom earned her third victory of the season in the circle.  

The Crimson returns to action Tuesday, April 15 when it travels to Princeton. Harvard and the Tigers will resume action of its suspended game from March 29 in the middle of the fourth and play its full second game at 3 p.m.