Softball Sweeps Holy Cross

The Harvard softball team swept a doubleheader at Holy Cross yesterday to extend its winning streak to three games, its longest unbeaten stretch of the season.

In the opening game, the Crimson (7-15) overcame shoddy defense and a four-run deficit to outlast the Crusaders, 7-4. Harvard then put on a clinic at the plate in the second game, outslugging Holy Cross, 10-2.

The twin-bill served as Harvard's final tune-up before the start of the Ivy League season, which begins with a two-game set at Cornell this Saturday.


"These wins really help the team's spirits," said Harvard junior pitcher Chelsea Thoke. "We showed ourselves to be a really dominant team."


After losing five games already this season by eight runs or more, the Crimson finally posted a blowout win of their own, prevailing 10-2 over the Crusaders (3-14-1) in the second game of yesterday's doubleheader.

A seven-run second inning highlighted the Harvard scoring parade. Junior catcher Mairead McKendry led the Crimson offense with a two-run blast off Holy Cross pitcher Kait Hannan (2-3). In addition, Thoke and sophomore right fielder Sarah Koppel collected two hits apiece.

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