Andrea Del Conte tallied her first home run Saturday against Yale (Gil Talbot).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Continuing on its Ivy road swing, the Harvard softball team stretched its program-record win streak to 16, sweeping Yale, 5-0 and 6-2, Saturday. The Crimson improves to 25-11 on the season and keeps pace with Dartmouth as the only other undefeated team in the league.
Early offense and shut-down pitching were the keys to victory in the first game of the day with Harvard scoring all its runs within the first two innings. Shelbi Olson led off the game with a walk and singles from Katherine Lantz and Kasey Lange loaded the bases with no outs. The next play saw Olson cut down at home for the first out of the inning, but Laura Ricciardone hit into an error that allowed two runners to cross for a quick 2-0 edge. In the third, Andrea Del Conte singled and Olson reached on a walk to start another Harvard threat. Lange recorded the first RBI of the game with a single to right that brought home Olson, and Adrienne Hume followed with a single of her own that saw two runners come home on another Bulldogs miscue.
Ricciardone was in cruise control through the entire contest, allowing just four hits over seven innings, and never more than one in a single frame. She let up just one walk on the day and earned her 14th victory of the season in the complete-game effort. Lange led all players with three hits on the day and two runs scored.
Both teams had trouble bringing in runs early in Game 2, but it was Harvard once again striking first, this time in the top of the third. Del Conte and Olson both singled and stole second to put runners on second and third with one out. Lantz delivered in the next at-bat with a two-run double to centerfield to give the guests another 2-0 lead. Yale was able to muster its first run of the day in the bottom of the third thanks to a sacrifice fly, and managed to knot the game in the fifth on an RBI single to right field. The Crimson quickly righted the ship in the next half inning when Savannah Bradley roped an RBI triple to right field and Del Conte lifted her first career home run, a two-run shot, to up the score to 5-2. An RBI single from Hume in the seventh capped the scoring on the day in the 6-2 final.
Olson, Lantz, Lange and Del Conte all had a pair of hits each on the game, while Lantz and Del Conte each drove in two runs. Taylor Cabe started the game for Harvard, going four innings and fanning five batters, while Ricciardone earned the victory in three innings of relief work.
The Crimson and Bulldogs square off in another doubleheader Sunday.