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Softball Tops Long Beach State, 3-0; Falls to UNLV, 7-2

Stephanie Regan had a pair of doubles in the 3-0 win over Long Beach State Friday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
The Harvard women's softball team had its seven-game winning streak snapped, but managed a split on the day, falling to UNLV, 7-2, in its first game of the day and blanking Long Beach State, 3-0, in Game 2. Harvard ups its record to 10-4 on the season, heading into the final day of the San Diego Classic II.  

The first two innings of the UNLV game went by without much action but the third inning saw the Rebels explode for five runs to take a significant edge. The fifth inning saw UNLV add another run, putting the Crimson in a 6-0 hole after five full innings. Harvard finally broke through in the bottom of the sixth when Kasey Lange plated two with her second hit of the game, a two-run home run to cut the deficit to four. The Rebels tacked another run in the top of the seventh and Harvard was unable to respond in the bottom of the inning, sealing the 7-2 final.

Jane Alexander went 3 for 3 in the game with a run scored while Lange drove in both Harvard runs in the game. Laura Ricciardone absorbed the loss for Harvard and Gabrielle Ruiz struck out a pair of hitters in 4.1 innings of relief.

Against Long Beach State, Rachel Brown silenced the 49ers' bats, hurling a three-hit shutout to help Harvard salvage a split on the day. Harvard notched five hits through the first three innings, including three in the first, but was unable to break the scoreless tie. The Crimson finally cashed in during the fourth inning, as Stephanie Regan ripped a double down the left field line, bring home Jessica Ferri and allowing Ashley Heritage to score on a throwing error by the leftfielder.

 Regan laced a one-out double to left in the top of the seventh and Alexander followed with a double of her own, plating Regan with the third Harvard run. Brown induced a pair of strikeouts and a final groundout to seal the 3-0 shutout and her sixth win of the season.

Brown scattered four hits in her complete game effort, striking out six in the win. Alexander, Regan and Shelbi Olson all logged two hits each for the Crimson, with Regan and Alexander tallying RBIs on the day.

Harvard wraps up its stay at the San Diego Classic II tomorrow when it takes on Cal State Bakersfield and San Diego in its final day at the tournament.