Softball Stays Atop League Standings With Sweep of Brown, 4-2, 2-0

Pictured: Rachel Brown shutout the Bears in game two of the Crimson's sweep.
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In a Monday afternoon league doubleheader, the Harvard softball team produced strong pitching performances en route to 4-2 and 2-0 wins over Brown. The sweep keeps the Crimson atop the league standings with a 9-3 conference mark to go along with an 18-19 overall record. Brown slips to 3-9 in conference play and 15-18 on the season. 

A three-run first inning proved to be enough for the Crimson as the Julia Moore and Margaux Black combined to keep the Browns at bay, holding the guests to two runs. After the visitors plated a run in the top of the first, Harvard got two runners on as Ellen Macadam and Melissa Schellberg stroked singles. Whitney Shaw cleared the bases with a three-run blast over the wall in left-center to give the hosts a 3-1 lead after one. Jessica Ferri added an RBI double in the sixth and Black earned the save in the circle, her second of the season.

Shaw finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI while Macadam, Schellberg and Jessica Pledger collected two hits each on the game. Moore earned her fourth win of the season, pitching four solid innings and allowing two runs on three hits. Black held Brown without a run or a hit in three innings of relief.  

Harvard pitcher Rachel Brown and her counterpart Liz DiMascio each got through the first two frames unscathed but the Crimson broke through in the bottom of the third. Jane Alexander walked to start the inning and, after advancing to second on a passed ball, scored on a Macadam single up the middle. Emily Henderson reached second with a double in the fifth and scored on a Macadam triple to the right field gap to give the hosts a 2-0 lead after five. Brown shut down the Bears in the top of the seventh to seal the 2-0 final.

Macadam ended the game 2 for 2 with two RBI and Henderson collected Harvard's other hit. Brown finished with 14 strikeouts in the day, going seven strong innings, scattering four hits to earn her 11th win of the season.  

The Crimson is back in action tomorrow as it plays a makeup game against Rhode Island, starting at 3 p.m.