ACADEMIC INTEGRATION COMPETITIVE EXCELLENCE

IN DIVISION I ATHLETICS

 

Softball Splits With Colorado State, San Jose State On Day 1 at San Diego Classic II

Adrienne Hume went 2 for 2 in Game 2 Friday (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
On its first day of the 2013 San Diego Classic II, the Harvard softball team downed Colorado State, 4-3, in a comeback victory, before falling, 9-2, to San Jose State in the nightcap. The Crimson moves to 4-7 on the season with the win and the loss Friday. 

The Crimson started the tournament against the Rams and Harvard had a bit of trouble escaping the first inning. A pair of singles to lead off the game put two runners on for CSU, and the Rams brought home their first run on a fielder's choice one batter later. Two more singles followed, both of which produced a run, putting Harvard in a 3-0 hole through one half-inning.

While Harvard didn't have an immediate response for the Rams' offensive outburst, the Crimson began to chip away at the lead in the bottom of the third. Rookie Zoe Galindo laid down a two-out bunt single and moved to second when Andrea Del Conte reached on an infield single as well. A third straight single, this one by senior Stephanie Regan, went through the right side of the infield and brought Galindo home with Harvard's first run. Regan was at it again in the bottom of the fifth, knocking in another run with a double to left-center, plating Haley Davis, who had reached on an error to begin the frame.

During Harvard's comeback on offense, freshman Jamie Halula, who entered the game at the start of the second inning, was busy keeping the Rams' bats quiet through the middle innings. After CSU's four-hit first inning, it managed just four hits the rest of the game, thanks to Halula's poise in the circle.

Down a run entering the bottom of the sixth, Katherine Lantz led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout that followed. Jessica Ferri put a ball in play that the Rams committed an error on, allowing Ferri to reach and Lantz to come around with the tying run. With the score tied entering the seventh, Harvard immediately put two runners on thanks to singles by Galino and Del Conte. A sacrifice bunt moved them to second and third with one out, but a grounder from Kasey Lange came home to cut down Galindo attempting to score the winning run. After an intentional walk to load the bases, Emily Gusse played the role of hero, singling to center to bring home Del Conte with the winning run.

Harvard combined for 10 hits in the game, led by Del Conte (3), Regan (2) and Galindo (2). Regan drove in a pair of runs on the day and had the game's only double. Halula polished off a stellar outing allowing no runs on four hits in six innings of work. She also picked up six strikeouts and did not walk a batter.

Against the Spartans, it was Harvard that gained an early advantage, posting a run in the second and third innings each to take a 2-0 lead through four. Back-to-back one-out singles from Shelbi Olson and Katherine Appelbe in the second put Adrienne Hume in a prime RBI position, and the sophomore delivered with an infield single that plated Olson, thanks in part to a San Jose State error. In the third, Kasey Lange reached on a one-out walk and Lantz promptly brought her home with a ringing double to left. Morgan Groom served to keep the SJSU bats quiet through four, surrendering just two hits and fanning three batters.

The Spartan offense wouldn't stay dormant for long, as it produced four runs in the top of the fifth to gain a 4-2 advantage and blew the game open with a five-run seventh. The Spartans collected nine hits in the final three frames en route to the 9-2 victory over the Crimson.

Hume finished the day 2 for 2 at the plate with one of two Harvard RBI.

Day 2 at the San Diego Classic II for Harvard features matchups against Long Beach State and Miami (Ohio).