Francis launched a grand slam in game one against Yale.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard softball team held on for a 6-4 win in game one and shutout Yale, 5-0, in game two to sweep the season series against the Bulldogs in a makeup doubleheader Tuesday afternoon. Harvard ups its conference record to 13-3 to maintain its first-place position in the Ivy North Division while the Bulldogs slip to 4-12 in conference action.
The Crimson got all the offense it would need in game one in the third inning, plating six runs on four hits. Ellen Macadam led off with a walk and scored when Melissa Schellberg doubled to left field. The next batter, Whitney Shaw, followed suit with an RBI double to left to give the Crimson a 2-0 advantage. After Jessica Pledger walked and Jane Alexander singled to load the bases, Jennifer Francis launched a grand slam to right field, putting the guests up 6-0. Yale came back with four in the bottom of the seventh, but Rachel Brown struck out the final batter to seal the win in game one.
Francis finished the game with two hits and a game-high four RBI to lead the Crimson. Brown picked up the win in the circle, striking out eight in 4.1 innings of work and holding the Bulldogs scoreless.
Harvard struck in the third inning of game two as well, staking Brown to a 2-0 lead after three innings. Francis started the inning with a double to left and scored when Macadam blasted a home run over the left field wall. The Crimson added three more in the sixth to put the game out of reach. Alexander knocked in Shaw with a single to left for the first run and Francis plated two more with an RBI double. Brown and Margaux Black combined to shut down the Bulldogs in the late innings to maintain the 5-0 lead.
Francis led the offense once again, going 2 for 2 from the plate with a run scored and two RBI, while Macadam collected two hits and a pair of RBI as well. Brown earned her 14th win of the season, scattering two hits over six innings of work and striking out 11 Bulldogs. Black pitched one inning of relief and kept the hosts scoreless in the seventh.
Harvard returns to the field Thursday for a single non-conference game against local foe Boston University. Gametime is slated for 4 p.m.