Familiar Faces In Weekly Ivy Softball Awards

Rachel Brown (left) and Kasey Lange (right) helped Harvard sweep a pair of doubleheaders against Yale this weekend (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Sophomore third baseman Kasey Lange and senior pitcher Rachel Brown have been named Ivy League Player and Pitcher of the Week, respectively, the league announced Tuesday. It is Lange’s third such honor this season, her second consecutively, and fourth of her career. For Brown, the honor is her fourth this season after winning three straight earlier in the year.  

Lange led a potent Harvard offense that exploded for 49 runs in four games against Yale last weekend. She started her week by blasting a two-run home run in a win over Rhode Island and went 2 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored in her first game against the Bulldogs. In the final game Saturday and the first game Sunday, Lange went 3 for 4 in each, driving in five runs between the two contests.

Lange finished the weekend with a 2-for-3 showing in Game 2 Sunday, driving in her 11th run of the week and crossing the plate twice. She hit an impressive .579 for the week and led the team with eight runs scored, 11 hits and 11 RBI. She is the Ivy League leader in RBI with 34 on the season and also leads the league in total bases (73), doubles (11) and runs scored (25).

Brown was dominant in three starts this week, picking up three wins to push her total to 14 on the season. She went the full seven innings against URI, posting a season-high 14 strikeouts while allowing just one earned run in a 6-2 win. She pitched just three innings in the first game of the Yale series, striking out nine of the 11 batters she faced in the game and allowing one earned run and no walks.

Brown finished her weekend with five innings of work in Game 1 Sunday, fanning five Bulldog hitters and again allowing just one earned run in a run-rule shortened game. She leads the league in opposing batting average (.161) and strikeouts (171).   

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.