Softball Starts Spring Break With 2-1 Win Over Northern Illinois

Pictured: Jennifer Francis drove in Harvard's first run against NIU.
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The Harvard softball team came back from an early one-run deficit to down Northern Illinois, 2-1, in the first game of the Amy S. Harrison Classic on the campus of UC Riverside. The win pushes the Crimson to 3-3 on the season while the Huskies slip to 2-11 on the year.

Sophomore hurler Rachel Brown remained undefeated on the season, collecting her third win despite the early hiccup. Brown scattered seven hits and one walked just one batter while striking out seven in the win.

The Huskies jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of a Harvard miscue to plate their first run. Jennifer Barnett drove a single to right-center to score Dani Parrish to give the home team an early 1-0 lead.

The Crimson knotted the score in the fourth inning where Whitney Shaw got on base thanks to a one-out walk. Shaw proceeded to swipe second base and scored when Jennifer Francis ripped a single to center to tie the score at one.

Melissa Schellberg reached base in the top of the sixth with a one-out single and pinch-runner Ashley Heritage stole second on the next pitch. Shaw lined a double to center to plate Heritage with what proved to be the winning run.  

Harvard is back in action tomorrow with games against Idaho State and Northern Illinois at 12 p.m., and 5 p.m., respectively.