Softball Blanks Brown in Both Ends of Saturday Doubleheader

Softball Blanks Brown in Both Ends of Saturday Doubleheader

Stephanie Regan went 4 for 4 with three stolen bases in Game 2 Saturday against Brown (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Pitchers Rachel Brown and Laura Ricciardone combined to allow just five hits over two games as the Harvard softball team blanked Ivy League North Division rival Brown, 8-0 (6 inn.) and 9-0 (6 inn.), in a conference doubleheader Saturday. It marks the first time Harvard has shut out an opponent in consecutive games since a doubleheader blanking of Yale during the 2009 season.

Both teams had a bit of trouble getting going as neither was able to record a hit in the first two frames. Harvard changed all of that in the top of the third, blowing the game open with a six-hit, seven-run frame. Kasey Lange laced a two-run single to center field to start the scoring in the game and Whitney Shaw followed with a two-run single of her own, this one to left field. Allison Scott kept the hit parade going with an RBI double to center and after an Ashley Heritage single put runners on second a third, Mari Zumbro roped Harvard's fifth straight hit, doubling to center and driving in two more runs.

The offensive outburst would be more than enough for Rachel Brown as she went on to strikeout 11 opposing batters while allowing just one hit to notch her 15th win and fifth shutout of the season. Stephanie Regan tacked on the final run of Game 1 with an RBI groundout in the sixth. Every Harvard starter recorded a hit in the contest, led by Ellen Macadam's pair, and Lange, Shaw and Zumbro all finished with two RBI.

Regan started Game 2 with a one-out single and moved to third on back-to-back steals. Lange kept up her torrid RBI pace with a base knock to center, plating Regan for a 1-0 lead. Macadam led off the third with a triple to center field and came home on a passed ball for a 2-0 edge. Lange once again delivered with a runner in scoring position, slapping a ball to right to plate Regan. Whitney Shaw reached base on a fielder's choice, moved to third on a Scott double and came home on an illegal pitch for a 4-0 Crimson lead after three full innings.

Regan scored Harvard's fifth run of the game on a Scott single in the fifth inning and Jane Alexander pushed the lead to 6-0 with a solo home run to lead off the top of the sixth. Back-to-back doubles from Regan and Lange saw two more runs come across and Scott plated Kassy Shiotani on a single to left for Harvard's ninth run of the contest. Ricciardone saw just four batters in the Brown sixth, getting the final batter to fly out to right to seal the 9-0 Game 2 victory.

Ricciardone pitched a gem for the Crimson, going all six innings and allowing just four hits while striking out three for the shutout, her third of the season. Regan was the offensive star of the game, going 4 for 4 from the plate with four runs scored, three steals and an RBI. Lange and Scott each had three hits in the game with Lange driving in a team-high three runs. Lange extended her RBI streak to five games and has 15 RBI in her last five contests.  

The Crimson and Bears are back at it tomorrow, playing another doubleheader slated to begin at 12:30 p.m.