The game was called after six innings due to the mercy rule, but Lange still finished with three hits, two home runs, and six RBI.
Although Lange had an exceptionally stellar game on Tuesday, she regularly helps her team in tight situations. In fact, Lange drove in at least one run in each of the Crimson’s seven games last week, finishing with 18 RBI as Harvard went 6-1.
“She’s just a clutch hitter, and she comes up [in] big situations for us,” Crimson coach Jenny Allard said. “She’s hitting No. 3 in the lineup, which is typically a strong RBI-producing hitter, which she has been. Whenever we’ve needed a big hit, she has been able to come through in the clutch.”
These clutch hits have translated into Lange’s stats. Among the softball players in the Ivy League who have played in at least 75% of their team’s games, Lange is ranked first in doubles (17), second in home runs (7) and slugging percentage (.746), and third in batting average (.407) behind teammate Macadam, who is hitting .420.
Lange also leads the league in RBI with 48, almost doubling the number of the runner-up.
But the stats and big plays Lange produces are not an individual effort.
“[Macadam] and [sophomore Stephanie Regan], who hit ahead of her, do a good job of getting on base in front of her and give [Lange] the opportunity to come up with a big hit to score them,” Allard said.
While Lange’s teammates help her get on the Ivy League leaderboards, she also returns the favor. Macadam stands first in the league in runs scored (37), aided by her own third-ranked number of hits (48) and fourth-ranked on-base percentage (.465).
Through individual and team efforts, Lange has proved herself as a big slugger for Harvard in her rookie season.
“She’s a really good hitter for us, and I think she’s made a tremendous impact her freshman year,” Allard said.