Softball’s Lange Named 2014 Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Softball’s Lange Named 2014 Senior CLASS Award Candidate

Kasey Lange is a team captain in 2014, along with classmate Shelbi Olson (Gil Talbot).

Senior co-captain Kasey Lange of the Harvard softball team has been named a candidate for the 2014 Senior Class Award, the organization announced Thursday. The nomination is the first for the softball team since 2012 when Rachel Brown ’12 was put up for the honor.

Lange is one of 30 student-athletes from around the nation to be nominated for the award, and the lone representative from the Ivy League.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

A three-time unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection, Lange took home unanimous Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors in 2011 and has been named to the Louisville Slugger/NFCA Division I All-Region first team every year of competition. In her freshman and sophomore seasons, she helped the Crimson claim back-to-back Ivy League titles and saw the Crimson advance to the NCAA Regional Final in 2012 in Seattle, Washington.

She has led the team in homeruns, slugging and RBI in every season with the squad, and has led the Crimson in runs scored the past two seasons as well. As a junior, she was named the team’s best defensive and offensive player and was nominated team captain for her senior season. She has received seven conference Player/Rookie of the Week awards in her tenure, and through her junior season, is the all-time program leader in slugging percentage (.712), doubles (48), homeruns (30) and RBI (148), and ranks within the top five in batting average, on base percentage, hits and total bases.

For the full list of candidates, click here.