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Late Inning Blast Sinks Softball at Bryant, 6-3

Allison Scott drove in a run against Bryant Thursday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

SMITHFIELD, R.I. –
The Harvard softball team stayed even with Bryant through the first five innings, but a sixth-inning three-run homer proved to be the difference as the Crimson fell, 6-3, to the Bulldogs Thursday afternoon at the Bryant Softball Complex. Harvard dips to 9-9 on the season with the loss.

The hosts struck first, taking advantage of a pair of Harvard errors to plate a run on a bases-loaded walk. Harvard returned the favor in the top of the third, knotting the score at 1-1 with an unearned run of its own. Ellen Macadam singled to start the frame and moved to third after a pair of groundouts. Whitney Shaw reached base after getting hit by a pitch and Macadam came home on a Shaw steal attempt to even the score after three innings.

Harvard took a 2- 1 lead in the top of the fourth inning, picking up three hits in the frame. With two runners on base, Macadam slapped a single to left field, plating pinch-runner Jackie Cooley with the go-ahead run. The lead was short lived, however, as Bryant came back with two runs in the bottom of the inning, thanks to an RBI single and double. Clutching a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the sixth, Bryant put the game out of reach when Aubrey Mable roped a three-run homerun. Allison Scott drove in Kassy Shiotani in the top of the seventh but that was all Harvard was able to muster, falling by a final score of 6-3.

Macadam finished the game 2 for 4 from the plate with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base while Shaw and Mari Zumbro also recorded steals in the game. Rachel Brown took the loss for Harvard, but fanned 11 Bulldogs hitters in just 5.1 innings of action.

The teams began the second game of the day but play was suspended in the fifth inning with Harvard up 7-0.

The Crimson is back in action Saturday when it takes on Quinnipiac in a road doubleheader. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.