In college softball, it’s hard to improve on a season in which one hits .372 with six home runs and 40 runs batted in. Yet in a season with many new faces, junior third baseman Kasey Lange stepped up her production to another level.
Sophomore Emily Gusse wins Female Breakout Player of the Year.
With 13 home runs, Lange accounted for 56.5 percent of the team’s total. The junior’s 13 doubles and 43 RBI also led the Crimson.
Rachel Brown, a former co-captain of the Harvard softball team and two-time Ivy League Pitcher of the Year, is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Stony Brook softball team. After graduating last May, Brown played overseas and won a national championship in Sweden.
Though one streak was broken this season, another—likely to be forgotten in the grand scheme of things—was made.
The game she had played her entire life and had such success with was something she was not quite ready to part with.
In a 5-4 loss to Dartmouth, Kasey Lange went 1-for-1 with a home run and three walks. The homer was her 13th of the year. The rest of the Harvard softball team combined to hit 10 home runs this season. Lange also leads her squad in hits and RBI and posted a .461 on-base percentage.
In the final weekend of play for the Harvard softball team, junior captain Shelbi Olson tallied two RBIs, three steals, and her only triple of the season. She ends her season on a 15-game hitting streak.
The Harvard softball team entered the weekend needing to take three of four from Dartmouth in a home-and-home series to play for the Ivy League Championship Series next weekend. After a Saturday doubleheader in Hanover, N.H, the Crimson (22-22, 12-8 Ivy) was still in the hunt for the North Division title as it split its two games with the division-leading Big Green (25-18, 15-5 Ivy).
The Harvard softball team came into Sunday knowing it needed to win both games in order to advance to the Ivy League Championship Series. After losing to Brown last week due to an error-filled seventh inning, it was a close, hard fought loss this week that prevented the Crimson from returning to the ILCS for the fourth-straight year.
With one out in the first inning, junior third baseman Kasey Lange stepped to the plate and made history.
Freshman pitcher Morgan Groom was one out away from a no-hitter on Saturday at Brown. The rookie had a no-hit shutout going through six and two-thirds innings when Bears’ pinch hitter Jamie Pospishil singled to left before the Harvard defense threw out the lead runner to end the game.
The Crimson (21-18, 11-5 Ivy) made easy work of the Bears (8-25, 2-14) in 4-0 and 3-1 victories that kept Harvard tied for first in the North Division before Sunday’s games.
Freshman Haley Davis, shown above in previous action, had a team-high two RBIs in the Harvard softball team’s 6-2 win over Brown. Davis went hitless in game two though, as the Crimson failed to sweep the Bears Sunday, falling, 5-4. Brown posted four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, including the game-winning tally, which came across on a wild pitch.
After sweeping Brown in a doubleheader Saturday, Harvard returned to the field in Providence, R.I., Sunday to complete its four-game series against the Bears. The Crimson, having won the first game, appeared well on its way to a second win before losing a lead late to end up splitting the second doubleheader.