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Saturday Sweep Puts Softball Win Streak at Four

Emily Henderson scored the winning run against St. Louis at the UCR Tournament (Gil Talbot).

RIVERSIDE, Calif. –
The Harvard softball team (6-2) continued its solid play at the UC Riverside Tournament, topping St. Louis, 2-1 in eight innings, and North Dakota, 6-1, in its second day of action on its spring break trip. With the sweep, Harvard improves its record to 3-0 in California this season.    

The Crimson continued its trend of early-inning scoring against St. Louis, plating a run in the bottom of the first inning. Ellen Macadam led off with a single up the middle and advanced to third on a pair of groundouts. Kasey Lange continued her hot start in a Crimson uniform, driving in Macadam with an RBI double down the left field line for a 1-0 lead after one. Freshman Laura Ricciardone turned in the best performance of her young career, holding St. Louis to just three hits and no runs in the first six innings of play, striking out five.

The Billikens broke through with their first run in the top of the seventh, stringing together three straight singles to knot the score at 1-1 after seven full innings. Emily Henderson was placed on second base to start the bottom of the eighth and after swiping third, came home with the winning run on an Ashley Heritage single up the middle. Rachel Brown earned the win in the circle for Harvard in one inning of work and six different Harvard players collected hits in the win.

In the second game of the day, Harvard got out to a two-run lead against North Dakota. Macadam ripped a double to left field in the game's first at-bat and the Crimson put runners on second and third after a Heritage single and stolen base. Whitney Shaw knocked in the first run on a sacrifice fly and Lange plated Harvard's second run with an RBI groundout. Brown toed the rubber for Harvard to start game two and was perfect through the first four innings, striking out six North Dakota batters in that span.

Macadam led off the third inning with a triple and stole home one batter later to give Harvard a 3-0 lead. Macadam and Heritage started the fifth inning with back-to-back singles and Lange and Stephanie Regan ripped back-to-back RBI singles to push the Harvard lead to 5-0. North Dakota got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fifth but Shaw drove in the game's final run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh.

Macadam went 3 for 4 in the game with a double, a triple, three runs scored and a stolen base while Regan went 3 for 3 with an RBI. Heritage had two hits and two runs scored to go along with three stolen bases and Shaw and Lange had a pair of RBI each in the win. Brown went seven full innings for her sixth win of the season, scattering three hits and fanning 12 in the game.

Harvard wraps up its stay at the UCR Tournament tomorrow with a 12 p.m. game against St. Louis.