South Florida Tops Softball, 4-2, In Tournament Finale
Kasey Lange had three hits against South Florida Sunday (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Harvard softball team finished it stay in Florida with a 4-2 loss to the University of South Florida Sunday in the final day of the USF Under Armour Invitational. Harvard finishes the weekend with a 2-3 record.
The Bulls began building a lead early, plating a run in the first inning and again in the second. Kourtney Salvarola came on home on a Kenshyra Jackson single with two outs in the first inning, and USF stretched its lead to two when Laura Fountain scored on an error an inning later.
Kasey Lange provided the rebuttal for the Crimson, launching a home run to right field with one out in the fourth inning, cutting the Bulls' lead to 2-1. However, three hits by the Bulls in the bottom half of the inning allowed them to plate two more runs, and the hosts took a commanding three-run lead into the final three frames. Stephanie Regan reached on a single in the seventh and scored on a Lange base hit down the left field line, but that's as close as Harvard would come, falling 4-2 in its final game of the tourney.
Laura Ricciardone absorbed the loss in the circle for Harvard, striking out three Bulls in four innings of work. Rachel Brown pitched two innings of perfect relief, fanning three batters to close the game for the Crimson. Lange finished the day 3-for-4 from the plate with a run scored and both RBI for Harvard.
Up next, Harvard wings westward for its annual spring break trip to California. The Crimson begins the trip with a showdown against Cal State Northridge March 9 at 5 p.m. (EST).