Softball Concludes Spring Break Trip With Losses to Long Beach State, 1-0; San Diego State, 4-0

Pictured: Stephanie Krysiak had a hit against Long Beach State and San Diego State.
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
The Harvard softball team endured a trying final day of its spring break trip, dropping closely contested games to Long Beach State, 1-0, and San Diego State, 4-0, Saturday on the campus of San Diego State. Harvard is now 4-12 on the season.

In the first game, Long Beach State emerged on the winning end of a pitcher’s duel, plating a run in the top of the seventh to seal a 1-0 victory. Rachel Brown started the game on the mound for Harvard and allowed no runs and one hit in three innings of work, picking up a pair of strikeouts. Margaux Black provided solid relief in the fourth but a Caitrin DeBaun RBI single with runners second and third in the top of the seventh proved to be enough to secure the win. Jessica Pledger and Stephanie Krysiak had hits for the Crimson in the loss.

Jessica Ferri started game two for the Crimson and held the Aztecs scoreless through the first four innings. Brittany Knudsen drove in SDSU’s first run in the bottom of the fifth and scored on an Eva Sahatdjian single to give the Aztecs a 2-0 lead after five. The hosts tacked two more runs on the board in the sixth and Bailey Micetich held Harvard scoreless over the final 2.2 innings to record the save. Krysiak, Ellen Macadam, Emily Henderson, Jennifer Francis and Melissa Schellberg all had singles for Harvard.

The Crimson returns to Cambridge for its home opener as it welcomes Bryant for a doubleheader March 23. First pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m.