Lange, Alexander Lead Softball Past Holy Cross, 10-0

Kasey Lange went 4 for 4 against the Crusaders Thursday in a non-league matchup (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Jane Alexander and Kasey Lange had big days at the plate as the Harvard softball team silenced Holy Cross, 10-0, Thursday in a non-league matchup. Harvard improves to 29-11 with the win while Holy Cross drops to 8-31 on the season. 

Alexander led off the game with a double to centerfield and came home two batters later when Lange knocked an RBI single to right. It was Alexander at it again in the third as the hot-hitting senior connected on a homerun over the centerfield fence, her third longball of the season, giving Harvard a 2-0 lead after three innings. 

The top of the order started things for the Crimson in the fifth as Alexander picked up her second double of the game and Ashley Heritage followed with an infield single. Harvard's RBI leader Lange came through once again, pounding a double to right center that scored Alexander and moved Heritage to third. Katherine Lantz reached on an error two batters later which Heritage was able to score on, and Shelbi Olson hit into and RBI groundout that gave the guests a 5-0 lead through five innings of play.

Harvard put the finishing touches on the blowout win in the top of the seventh as the Crimson plated five more runs in the frame. Jessica Ferri doubled to left centerfield, scoring Lange who doubled right before her, and Adrienne Hume knocked in two more with a two-run single to the center fielder. Back-to-back RBI singles by Camilla Gibson and Alexander capped the scoring for Harvard in the 10-0 win. 

Both Alexander and Lange finished the game with four hits and two RBI apiece, as the Crimson banged out 15 hits in the contest. In the circle, Rachel Brown earned her 17th win of the season in a near-flawless performance, allowing just two hits and no runs in an 11-strikeout performance.

The Crimson wraps up its regular-season schedule this weekend as it takes on Ivy North Division rival Dartmouth in a home-and-home series Saturday and Sunday.