Lange Takes Home Ivy Player and Rookie of the Week Honors

Kasey Lange drove in 18 runs in seven games last week (Harvard Athletic Communications).

After helping the Harvard softball team to a 6-1 record last week, including back-to-back doubleheader sweeps of Ivy League North Division foe Brown, freshman Kasey Lange has been named Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. It is the first time this season a freshman has received Player of the Week honors.

Lange kicked off the week with a dominant performance in a doubleheader sweep of Holy Cross. After going 3 for 4 with a home run and three RBI in Game 1, the rookie drove in a career-high six runs in a second 3 for 4 performance, blasting a pair of home runs and a double in Game 2 to help Harvard complete the sweep. Lange notched her 10th RBI of the week in a 4-1 loss to Boston College Thursday, plating a run on a sacrifice fly.

Against Brown Saturday, Lange banged out four hits and drove in five more runs in a doubleheader sweep of the Bears, notching her third three-hit game of the week in Game 2. Lange drove in two more runs in Sunday’s opener and helped Harvard complete the series sweep with a 2 for 4 showing in Game 2, picking up one final RBI.

For the week, the Harvard third baseman posted an impressive .591 batting average, collecting 13 hits, six runs, four doubles, three home runs and 18 RBI in seven games played. She also slugged 1.182 for the week and had a .593 on base percentage while playing error-free third base. Lange currently has the second-longest active RBI streak in the nation at seven games and holds the Harvard team single-season record with 17 doubles in her freshman campaign.

Lange and the Crimson will face Boston University Thursday afternoon before welcoming North Division rival Yale to Cambridge for a pair of doubleheaders this weekend.