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Offense On Display as Softball Sweeps Princeton, 6-5, 8-0

Jane Alexander recorded five hits in two games against Princeton Saturday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

PRINCETON, N.J. –
The Harvard softball team put up 14 runs between two games, sweeping Ivy rival Princeton in a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Crimson took Game 1, 6-5, and blanked Princeton, 8-0, in Game 2 behind a five-hit shutout from sophomore Laura Ricciardone.

Whitney Shaw propelled Harvard out to a hefty lead in the top of the third in Game 1, launching a grand slam to right field to put the hosts up 4-0 after four complete innings. The Crimson tacked on another run in the top of the fifth when Jane Alexander reached on an error, stole second base and came around to score on a Kasey Lange single up the middle. The Tigers closed the gap to two runs in the bottom of the frame, taking advantage of a leadoff walk and an Alex Peyton home run to bring three across.

Lange plated Alexander, this time on a sacrifice fly, in the top of the seventh for Harvard's sixth run of the game. The Tigers made it interesting in their last at bat as Cara Worden ripped a two-run single to close the gap to one, but Rachel Brown got the final out on a strikeout to seal the victory. Brown finished with 12 strikeouts in the game, registering her ninth win of the season. Alexander finished 3 for 4 from the plate with three runs scored and a pair of steals, while Shaw (four RBI) and Lange (two RBI) were responsible for driving in all the Harvard runs.

Game 2 saw Ricciardone take control on the rubber for Harvard, allowing just one runner past second base in a complete game effort and logging six strikeouts. The Crimson gave her all the support she would need in the top of the second when Kassy Shiotani came home on a wild pitch. Ashley Heritage doubled the Crimson lead an inning later, scoring on an error by the shortstop to give Harvard a 2-0 lead after three.

RBI singles by Lange and Olson in the top of the fifth gave the Crimson a 4-0 lead and Harvard exploded for four runs on five hits in the top of the seventh to take a commanding 8-0 lead. Lange picked up an RBI single to second base, Katherine Appelbe lifted an RBI double to center and an Adrienne Hume two-run single capped the scoring on the day. Alexander, Lange, Olson and Hume all finished the game with multiple hits as seven of Harvard's starters notched at least one hit on the game.

Harvard steps back outside conference play in its next game as it travels to Providence, R.I., to take on the Friars Tuesday in a 4 p.m., game.