The Harvard softball team swept Brown this weekend, keeping pace with Dartmouth to remain undefeated in the Ivy League.
The homestanding Crimson (21-11, 7-0 Ivy) did not trail once over four games against a struggling Bears squad (2-26, 0-12).
“It's a great feeling to be undefeated so far, but we know there is still a lot of work to be done,” captain Kasey Lange said.
Harvard 5, Brown 2
Harvard hit three home runs for five runs off three different bats en route to a clean win over the Bears.
The Crimson got off to an early four-run lead thanks to back-to-back innings with two-run homers, one from Lange in the first, her fifth of the season, and one from junior Adrienne Hume the next inning. Junior Emily Gusse also added a solo shot in the Sixth inning.
“It was great for us to show a lot of power this weekend,” Lange said. “It definitely reflects the versatility of our offense. We have a little bit of everything going for us.”
Sophomore pitcher Morgan Groom started the game for Harvard, posting two perfect innings and striking out three to pick up her third win of the season. Freshman Taylor Cabe came in for a five-inning relief stint, giving up two runs on five hits.
The weekend sweep keeps Harvard undefeated in Ivy League play. The Crimson still trails Dartmouth, which has contested more games on its way to a 12-0 start.
“This weekend was important in the Ivy League race, like every weekend is,” Groom said. “Looking forward, we just need to stay with our process and execute. We play best when we're loose and having a good time, so if we do those things, we'll continue to do well.”
Harvard 6, Brown 4
The Crimson came out of the gate strong, posting six runs over the first two innings and then cruising the rest of the way to its first win of Sunday. Sloppy play led to runs for Brown late, but Harvard was able to do just enough to hold on.
Junior Katherine Lantz blasted a three-run home run in the first to put the Crimson ahead early. A barrage of doubles in the second gave Harvard three more unearned runs to put them in front six runs.
“Lantz had a stellar weekend,” Groom said. “She hit great and pounded a home run and made stellar plays on defense.”
Junior Laura Ricciardone took the mound for the Crimson, posting four scoreless innings for her 11th win of the season. Junior reliever Gabrielle Ruiz allowed four runs as the Bears clawed back into the game late, yet only one of those runs was earned.
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