Krysiak scored Harvard's lone run in game one.
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot
ITHACA, N.Y. – The Ivy League North champion Harvard softball team drew even with South champ Cornell, 1-1, in the fourth inning, but a two-run Cornell sixth helped the Big Red to a 3-1 win in game one of the Ivy League Championship series, Friday at Niemand Robison Field.
The hosts got on the board first, taking a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Marissa Amiraian drove a 2-2 pitch down the left field line for a one-out double and Shannon Crane got her home with a single to center. The Crimson responded in the next half-inning as Stephanie Krysiak drove a one-out double down the left field line. After Whitney Shaw reached on a walk, Jessica Ferri drove a 1-1 pitch to left field, plating Krysiak. The Big Red took advantage of five walks in the bottom of the sixth, including two with the bases loaded, to take a 3-1 lead for good.
Krysiak, Ferri, Ellen Macadam and Jessica Pledger had the hits for Harvard, with Krysiak picking up one of just three extra-base hits in the game. Rachel Brown took the loss in circle for Harvard, going 5.2 innings and allowing three runs on five hits and striking out five. Elizabeth Dalrymple earned the win for Cornell, allowing four hits over seven innings and striking out nine. Amiraian was the only player in the game to record multiple hits, going 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored.
The Crimson and Big Red will play game two this afternoon, beginning at approximately 2:45 p.m.