Lange’s Three Long Balls Boost Softball to Doubleheader Sweep of Holy Cross

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Kasey Lange drove in nine runs in a doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross Tuesday (Kevin Burns).

Kasey Lange's Postgame Comments

Rookie third baseman Kasey Lange was the driving force behind the Harvard offense, launching three home runs and driving in nine runs over two games to help the Crimson softball team to a sweep of Holy Cross Tuesday at Soldiers Field. Harvard took the first game by a score of 8-1 and ended the second game an inning early with a 13-4 final.

Lange got the ball rolling in the first inning of Game 1, ripping an 0-2, two-out fastball over the right field fence for her fifth homer of the season. Whitney Shaw followed with a walk and consecutive singles from Allison Scott, Ashley Heritage and Shelbi Olson produced two more runs for a 3-0 Harvard lead after one. Lange collected her second RBI of the game in the second inning, plating Ellen Macadam with a single to right.

The 4-0 lead was more than enough for Harvard ace Rachel Brown, as she surrendered just one run on a heads-up baserunning play by the Crusaders in the top of the third inning. Lange was at it again in the Harvard fourth, picking up her third hit and third RBI of the game with a single to center that scored Macadam. The Crimson manufactured three more runs in the bottom of the fifth on a passed ball, a groundout and an error and Mari Zumbro pitched the seventh inning to close out the Crusaders by an 8-1 score.

Lange ended the game 3 for 4 from the plate with three RBI and Heritage picked up two hits in the opening win. Brown fanned nine Holy Cross hitters to record her 14th win of the season.

The Crusaders got to Game 2 starter Julia Moore early, notching three hits and two runs in the first inning to grab a 2-0 lead. Holy Cross led off the third inning with a walk and a single and a triple to deep left center stretched the visitor lead to 4-0 heading into the bottom of the third inning. Jane Alexander led off the frame with a double and later scored on a one-out single by Macadam. Two batters later, Lange cleared the bases with her second home run of the day, going the opposite way to bring Harvard to within one at 4-3.

After Zumbro sat the Crusaders down in order in the top of the fourth, the Crimson gained the lead for good in the bottom of the inning. Singles from Scott and Olson and walk by Jane Alexander loaded the bases with one out and pinch-hitter Olivia Piccione slapped a two-run single just out of the reach of the second baseman to give the hosts a 5-4 edge. A Macadam sacrifice fly made it a 6-4 game and a two-run double from Lange pushed the lead to 8-4 at the end of the frame. Stephanie Regan reached base in the sixth with a one-out double and Lange followed with a line-drive home run that snuck over the fence in right-center for her second homer of the game. Olson picked up an RBI single and Alexander ended the game with a two-run double.

Lange was once again 3 for 4, bashing a pair of home runs and notching an impressive six RBI. Olson was also 3 for 4 with an RBI in the game and scored a pair of runs and Alexander and Macadam both finished 2 for 2 with a pair of RBI in Game 2. Zumbro picked up the win for the Crimson in the circle, allowing just one hit and no runs over 3.2 innings of work, including two strikeouts.

Harvard is back in action Thursday as it takes on local non-conference rival Boston College in a road doubleheader.