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Offense Drives Softball in Doubleheader Sweep of Quinnipiac

Stephanie Regan had an RBI in both games against Quinnipiac Saturday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

HAMDEN, Conn. –
The Harvard softball team totaled 15 runs in two games, sweeping Quinnipiac by scores of 8-0 and 7-4, Saturday at the Quinnipiac Softball Field. The Crimson posted its highest single-game run total of the season in the first game of the twinbill.  

The early innings of Game one were uneventful as Harvard (11-9) managed one hit and Quinnipiac (13-13) was hitless through the first three frames. The Crimson jumped on the board in the top of the fourth when Stephanie Regan led off the inning with a double and moved over to third on a wild pitch. Alison Scott stepped to the plate and popped a double to leftfield, scoring Regan for the game's first run. Shelbi Olson pushed the score to 2-0 halfway through the game, plating Whitney Shaw on a sacrifice fly to centerfield.

The two runs proved to be all Harvard starter Rachel Brown needed, as she held the Bobcats to just one hit in the game; a leadoff single to start the bottom of the fourth. The Crimson bats woke up late, putting the game out of reach with six runs in the top of the seventh. Olson led off the inning with a double to left and Jane Alexander promptly plated her with a two-run homerun to right. Regan drove in Harvard's fifth run with an RBI fielder's choice that scored Emily Henderson and Kasey Lange capped the offensive output with a three-run blast to straightaway center, her second long ball of the season.

Brown recorded her second one-hit shutout of the season in Game one, fanning 10 of the 23 batters she faced. Homerun hitters Lange and Alexander finished with three and two RBIs, respectively, and Scott turned in a 2 for 4 performance from the plate.

Harvard struck first in Game two as well, taking a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the third inning. Alexander started off the third with a single to right field and scored all the way from first on an Ellen Macadam single, thanks to an error by the Bobcats' leftfielder. The Crimson took over in the fifth, bashing six hits and scoring five runs in the inning to take a commanding 6-0 lead. Alexander and Macadam reached base via a double and a single, respectively, and Regan drove in Alexander on an infield single. Lange followed immediately with an RBI double that scored Macadam and Shaw was right behind with a double down the right field line that plated Lange and Regan. Scott finished the scoring in the inning with a single through the right side that brought home pinch-runner Jackie Cooley.

After Kassy Shiotani extended the visitor lead to 7-0 in the top of the sixth with an RBI single, the hosts finally made some noise in the bottom of the inning, bringing home three runs on a pair of RBI hits and a fourth run on a wild pitch. Mari Zumbro relieved starter Laura Ricciardone and held the Bobcats to one hit over 1.1 innings of work to seal the win in game two and the doubleheader sweep.

Harvard ripped 14 hits in the 7-4 win, with five different players recording multi-hit games. Alexander was 2 for 2 with a pair of runs scored in the game and Shaw drove in a pair of runs on her two hits in the win. Ricciardone pitched well to collect her third win, scattering five hits over 5.2 innings and picking up three strikeouts.

Harvard wraps up the weekend Sunday with a doubleheader at Iona, beginning at 1 p.m.