Providence, RI- The Harvard University softball picked up two more wins over Brown this afternoon defeating the Bears 7-3 in game one and then 11-1 in game two to earn a weekend sweep. The wins improve the Crimson to 26-13 overall and 10-2 in the Ivy League, while the Bears drop to 10-16-1 overall and 5-7 in league play.
Harvard scored the first run of the game in the top of the third when Lange hit a sacrifice fly to bring in Ellen Macadam, but the Bears evened the score in the fourth when Stephanie Thompson tallied her 11th homerun of the season over the center field fence.
But the Crimson came back with two runs in the fifth when Regan put down a sacrifice bunt to bring home Olson, and a single up the middle by Lange scored Macadam to give Harvard a 3-1 lead. Next, Harvard came up with a three-run sixth inning and added another run in the seventh to extend its lead up to 7-1 heading into the bottom of the seventh.
A single by rookie shortstop Danielle Palms in the bottom of the seventh brought home both Kristi Munoz and Kelsey Williams, who previously got on base from doubles. The runs brought the Bears within four of the Crimson, but it wasn't enough as Harvard came out with the 7-3 win.
Junior Rachel Brown earned the win on the mound for the Crimson to increase her record to 16-6 on the year. She allowed three runs on seven hits, struck out 12 and walked two batters. Senior Kristie Chin received the loss to move to 8-9 on the year. She allowed seven runs on 13 hits, walked two and struck out two in seven innings of work.
Leading the offense for the Bears was Palms, who went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI, while Williams and Stephanie Thompson went 1-for-2.
After three scoreless innings to start game two, the Crimson answered with four runs in the fourth. The first run of the inning scored when Shaw bunted to score Regan, and Scott followed up with a three-run homer to right field. Junior Kate Strobel answered for the Bears in the bottom of the inning hitting a homerun over the left field fence to make a three-run game.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Whitney Shaw cranked one over the center field fence to take a 5-1 lead over the Bears. Mari Zumbro then doubled to center field to score pinch runner Jessica Ferri to give the Crimson a 6-1 advantage heading into the final inning.
Regan doubled to center field to bring home Shiotani in the seventh, and Lange doubled to right field to bring in Regan to increase Harvard's lead to 8-1. Then, Shaw smoked a homerun over the centerfield fence to tally two more runs for the Crimson to gain a 10-1 advantage. The Crimson registered its final run of the game when Allison Scott homered over the right field fence to take a 11-1 lead.
Brown could not answer in the bottom of the inning as Harvard pitcher Laura Ricciardone shut down the offense and ended the game. She earned the win on the mound to improve to 9-4 on the year, pitching all seven innings allowing just one run on four hits in seven innings of work. Trish Melvin earned the loss on the mound for the Bears pitching 3.2 innings. She gave up two runs on seven hits and struck out one batter. Chin also pitched for Bruno this afternoon, giving up nine runs on 11 hits in 3.1 innings.
Leading Brown's offense was Avery Silverstein, who went 2-for-2 at the plate, while Strobel and Williams each added a hit.
The Bears are back in action on Wednesday, April 20 when they take on the University of Rhode Island in a doubleheader starting at 3:00 p.m.
Photo of Avery Silverstein '13 by dspics.net