Brown, Lange Earn Weekly Ivy Softball Honors

Brown, Lange Earn Weekly Ivy Softball Honors

Rachel Brown (left) and Kasey Lange (right) received weekly awards for performances against Dartmouth (Harvard Athletic Communications).

In the final round of weekly Ivy League softball awards for the 2011 season, freshman third baseman Kasey Lange and junior pitcher Rachel Brown took home league Player and Pitcher of the Week awards, the league announced Tuesday. It marks the third-straight week that Harvard has had a player named Ivy Player of the Week, while Brown picks up her third Pitcher of the Week honor of the season.

Lange played a huge role in helping the Crimson cap its regular season schedule with a sweep of Dartmouth this past weekend. She posted a .688 batting average for the week, pounding 11 hits in four games, including two doubles and three home runs, against the Big Green. She also drove in nine runs on the weekend and slugged an impressive 1.375 while playing error-free third base.

Lange started the Dartmouth series with a three-run home run and went 4 for 4 in Game 2 Saturday, picking up another RBI and scoring a pair of runs. In Sunday's doubleheader, Lange went 3 for 4 from the plate and launched a home run in each game, driving in another run in Game 1 and four more in the second game. Her Game 2 long ball, a two-run shot to center, invoked the eight-run rule in the sixth inning, pushing the score to 10-1 and ending the game.

Brown picked up wins in each of her three appearances against the Big Green, setting a new program record for victories in a season with 20. The first game of the series saw Brown allow just one run on three hits to go along with six strikeouts in a complete-game victory. Brown earned her second win of the weekend in 1.1 innings of relief work in Game 1 Sunday, helping Harvard hold on to a 10-9 victory, and went four innings in Game 2 for her third win of the series. In 12.1 innings pitched this weekend, Brown posted a staggering 0.57 earned-run average, allowing just six hits and one run while fanning 14.

The Crimson looks to claim its first Ivy League title since 2007 in the League Championship Series against Cornell or Penn this weekend at Soldiers Field.