Harvard earned its 12th win of the season against Iona Sunday (Harvard Athletic Communications).
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The Harvard softball team rode a seventh-inning pinch-hit grand slam from Mari Zumbro to take the first game of a double-header with Iona, splitting with the Gaels, 4-1 and 3-8, Sunday afternoon at the Rice Oval. The twinbill represented Harvard's last road games this March.
Game one was a pitcher's duel from the get-go, as Rachel Brown and Iona's Sarah Jackson traded scoreless frames through the first six innings. Brown sat down 13 Iona batters through the first six innings, allowing just three hits while Jackson fanned nine Harvard hitters and allowed just two hits in that span.
The Crimson made two quick outs in the top of the seventh but found some life when Allison Scott reached on an error and Shelbi Olson and Jane Alexander followed with consecutive infield singles. With the bases loaded, Zumbro stepped in as a pinch-hitter and pounded a grand slam to left field, her second long ball of the season. Deanne Algeo hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning but Brown struck out the final batter to cap the 4-1 win. Brown finished with a season-high tying 15 strikeouts in the win and Alexander picked up a pair of hits for Harvard.
Harvard jumped out to a 1-0 lead after one inning of Game two despite not recording a hit. Ellen Macadam was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a groundout and a wild pitch. Kasey Lange brought her home, reaching second base on a fielder's choice for an early 1-0 lead. The Gaels answered in the bottom of the second, plating three runs on three hits for a 3-1 edge.
The Crimson knotted the score in the next half inning, which started with a Jackie Cooley bunt single. Macadam followed with a second bunt single and Cooley scored all the way from first thanks to an error by the catcher. Lange tied the score two batters later, plating Macadam on an RBI groundout. The hosts took over from there, scoring three more runs in the fourth and one more in the fifth and sixth innings to take Game two by an 8-3 final.
Lange picked up both RBIs for the Crimson in Game two and Macadam had two runs scored in the game. Julia Moore took the loss for Harvard, allowing six hits over 3.2 innings of work.
Harvard is back in action Tuesday in its 2011 home opener when it welcomes Rhode Island to Soldier's Field. The first game is slated to begin at 3 p.m.