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Crimson Softball Slugs it out with Princeton, Earns Doubleheader Split

Sophomore Stephanie Regan hit her first homerun of the season Friday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team got four runs on two homers in game one Friday, but fell in the late innings to the slugging of Princeton despite two more homeruns of its own, as the Crimson earned an Ivy League doubleheader split at Soldiers Field.

Sophomore Stephanie Regan got Harvard (19-11, 5-1 Ivy League) on the board early with a one-out solo shot in the bottom of the first inning. Kasey Lange followed with a double and would score on Allison Scott's RBI single in the next at-bat to give the Crimson a 2-0 lead after one.

A two-out rally in the second inning would stake Harvard to a 6-0 lead as Regan got things going with a double to left-center field. She would score on Lange's second double in as many innings, and after Whitney Shaw was hit by a pitch, Scott delivered the early knockout punch by sending the ball deep over the left-field wall for a three-run homerun, her second long ball of the season. Scott would finish the game going 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

That was all Crimson ace Rachel Brown would need, as she shutout the Tigers (12-16, 3-3 Ivy League) for seven innings by holding them to two hits and striking out 10 on four walks for her 13th win of the season. Brown would make a one-inning appearance in game two as well, posting another scoreless frame with one strikeout and two hits. Brown's ERA fell to 1.57 Friday and her strikeout total has reached 189 for the spring.

Game two looked to be much of the same, as Harvard again got a first-inning homerun, this one from Lange, for an early 1-0 lead. That's the way it would stay, however, as Princeton starter Alex Peyton shut down the Crimson lineup for the next five innings, scattering four hits and striking out four to keep her team close.

Princeton came out swinging in the top of the seventh still trailing 1-0. The Tigers struck for five straight hits, including back-to-back doubles that plated the go-ahead and insurance runs to make the score 3-1, which would later prove vital in the home half of the inning.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, Jane Alexander pulled Harvard's fourth homerun of the day over the right-center field wall to pull the Crimson within one. Peyton then had to face Harvard's best statistical hitter in Ellen Macadam. Peyton held on for the win though, as Macadam's Friday struggles continued, as she grounded out to second base to end the game and wrap up the day at 0-for-7.

Regan finished the day 4-for-7 with a homerun, double, two runs scored and an RBI. Lange went 4-for-7 with a homerun, two doubles, two RBIs and three runs scored.

The Crimson continues its Ivy League slate Saturday with another home doubleheader, as Cornell visits Soldiers Field for a first-pitch time of 12:30 p.m.