After scoring only two runs through its first 11 innings against the Tigers, the Crimson broke out in the fifth inning with home runs from Lange and Ricciardone to take its first lead of the game.
Ricciardone continued to stifle Princeton’s offense in the second game of the afternoon, recording five strikeouts in four innings of work. However, the senior’s scoreless streak ended in the third inning when the Tigers pushed across a run to take a 1-0 lead.
Harvard immediately responded in the top of the fourth inning. After Ricciardone walked, sophomore pinch runner Zoe Galindo came into the game and stole second to move into scoring position. An RBI single off the bat of freshman left fielder Catherine Callaway scored Galindo to make the game even at one.
Once again, stealing bases proved critical to setting up scoring opportunities for the Crimson.
“We’ve been able to utilize our speed at different times and it’s come through for us,” Allard said.
The Crimson offense switched from small ball to the long ball in the fifth. After a leadoff single by co-captain Shelbi Olson, Lange hit a two-run homer to right. Just two batters later, Riccardione added a home run of her own to give the Crimson a 4-1 lead.
The captain duo Olson and Lange struck again in the seventh. Olson stole second after reaching base on a fielding error by the shortstop, and later scored on a Lange single through the left side. Lange and Olson top the Crimson offense, hitting .375 and .347, good for first and second on the team, respectively. With her three runs batted in on the day, Lange extended her season total to 27, the second-highest in the Ivy League. Olson’s two stolen bases propelled her into the league lead, as she passed Yale senior Tori Balta with her 12th stolen base. Olson leads the team with 41 hits on the year.
Sophomore Morgan Groom and freshman Taylor Cabe held the Tigers offense to no runs through the final three innings to complete Harvard’s sweep and extend the team’s program-record winning streak to 14 games.