Brown’s 14 Strikeouts Helps Softball to Split With Rhode Island, 6-2, 1-5

Rachel Brown set a new season-high with 14 strikeouts in Game 1 against URI (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Rachel Brown set a season-high with 14 strikeouts in Game 1 as the Harvard softball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Rhode Island Tuesday at the URI Softball Complex. The win pushes Harvard's record to 20-10 on the season while URI moves to 14-19 on the season.  

While the Harvard offense had a tough time getting going to start the day, Brown was in good form from the first pitch, striking out six through the first three innings and keeping the Rams off the board despite four hits. The Crimson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning where Jane Alexander led off with a single to left field. Two batters later, Kasey Lange lifted her fifth homer of the season, giving the guests a two-run edge. The Rams answered with a run off a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame, pushing the score to 2-1 after four full innings.

The teams traded runs in the fifth with Adrienne Hume coming across on a wild pitch, but Harvard stretched its lead to four with a three-run sixth. Allison Scott ripped an RBI single to center and rookie Katherine Lantz knocked the first home run of her collegiate career, a two-run blast, to cap the scoring for Harvard. Brown collected her 12th win of the season, allowing just one earned run to go along with the 14 K's while Lange and Lantz had a pair of RBI each.

The hosts came out gunning to start Game 2, chipping away with a run each in the first and second innings and bringing three across in the third on an RBI single and a two-run home run. Lantz picked up her third RBI of the day in the top of the sixth, plating Harvard's lone run of the game on a sacrifice fly. Freshman Gabrielle Ruiz shouldered the loss in the circle for the Crimson, picking up three strikeouts in three innings pitched. Laura Ricciardone held the Rams hitless in three innings of relief.

Harvard kicks off Ivy League North division play this weekend as it travels to New Haven, Conn., for a pair of doubleheaders against Yale. The series begins Saturday at 12:30 p.m.