Softball Completes Sweep of Bulldogs With 15-1 (5), 9-2 Wins
Whitney Shaw drove in three runs in Game 2 against the Bulldogs Sunday (Harvard Athletic Communications).
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard softball team completed the season series sweep of archrival Yale, pounding out 30 hits between two games Sunday at Dewitt Family Field. Harvard took down Yale in its third-straight run-rule shortened game, 15-1 (5) in Game 1 and 9-2 in Game 2, improving its record to 24-10 on the year and 11-1 in Ivy League play.
Harvard got all the offense it would need in the top of the first, scoring six runs before Yale had a chance to bat. Three straight singles saw Harvard bring home its first run and an Allison Scot double to right-center drove in one more for a quick 2-0 lead. A single by Emily Gusse saw two more runs cross the plate and Ashley Heritage brought Gusse home two batters later with an RBI single to the shortstop. Shelbi Olson drew a bases-loaded walk for Harvard's sixth run of the inning.
Olson ripped a triple in the top of the third and came home on a Kasey Lange sacrifice fly to extend the Harvard lead to 7-0 and the Crimson had its second six-run inning of the game in the fourth. Scott started the inning with a double and Gusse poked an RBI double for the first run of the frame. After Gusse came home on a Yale error, Jessica Ferri delivered the crushing blow, launching a grand slam over the left field fence to push the Crimson lead to 13-0. Yale pushed one run across in the bottom of the fourth but a two-run single from Lange gave Harvard the 15-1, five-inning win. Lange finished the game 3 for 4 from the plate with three RBI while Ferri's four RBI was a game high. Rachel Brown improved her record to 14-4, striking out five batters in five innings and scattering just two hits.
The Crimson was right back at it in the top of the first in Game 2, as Lange drove in a run with an RBI double. Two batters later, Scott brought Lange home with an RBI single to put the guests up 2-0 after one. Whitney Shaw led off the fourth with a double and pinch-runner Andrea Del Conte came around on an Adrienne Hume RBI double to left. Jane Alexander ripped the third double of the inning, plating Hume to push the lead to 4-0. Two hits and two errors led to three more runs for the Crimson in the top of the fifth, staking Harvard to a 7-0 lead.
Shaw poked her second double of the game in the sixth plating two runs to give Harvard a 9-0 cushion. The Bulldogs responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth but couldn't manage any more are the Crimson clinched the series sweep with a 9-2 final. Alexander went 3 for 5 in the game while Shaw drove in three runs in the contest. Hume and Lange also recorded multiple hits in Game 2 while Laura Ricciardone reached the double-digit win mark, improving her record to 10-5 on the season with the win.
Harvard takes on a pair of local rivals this week as it travels to Boston University Tuesday and hosts Boston College Thursday in two non-conference matchups.