Cambridge, MA – Harvard used a pair of strong pitching performances to sweep a doubleheader with Brown on Monday afternoon, winning three of four against the Bears on the weekend after 4-2 and 2-0 victories. Kristie Chin and Liz DiMascio each turned in strong starts for Bruno, combining to allow just six runs in 10.1 innings.
In game one, Harvard got hot from the start and their three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning was enough for the Crimson to clinch the victory.
The Bears were able to get on the scoreboard in the top of the first after Katie Rothamel started off the inning with a double down the left field line. After a groundout by Andrea Browne put Rothamel on third, freshman Stephanie Thompson reached first on a fielder's choice which brought in Rothamel for the first tally of the game.
In the bottom of the inning, Harvard had runners on second and third when Shaw homered to take a 3-1 lead. The Bears were able to bring it back within one run when the squad was able to score a run in the top of the third. Rothamel once again hit a double to right center, and advanced to third on a groundout. Thompson then stepped up to the plate and smacked a double to left center to bring the score to 3-2.
But Harvard was able to keep the Bears scoreless for the remaining four innings while Harvard was able to score one run in the sixth to eventually earn the 4-2 victory.
In the second contest, the bats on both sides continued their silence, as neither squad crossed home plate until the bottom of the third, when Harvard tallied the first run to take a 1-0 lead.
The Crimson added just a single run to the advantage, scoring again in the fifth to push the margin to 2-0, but it was enough to hold up, as Kristen Brown threw an impressive game for Harvard, shutting the Bears out for the duration to earn the victory.
Brown will be back in action on Thursday, when the Bears host Bryant in a single non-league game at 4:00 p.m.