Harvard Softball Falls, 6-2, in Opener at Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Syracuse scored four runs in the final three innings to pull away to a 6-2 win against the Harvard softball team in the first game of the Dual in the Dome series Saturday evening at the Carrier Dome.

Zoe Galindo had two hits and accounted for the Crimson's runs with a second-inning home run, tying the score at 2-2, before the Orange (10-14) scored three runs in the fifth inning and one more in the sixth. The teams will meet again Sunday at noon.

Morgan Groom allowed just two hits and registered seven strikeouts in 4.1 innings of work for the Crimson (5-11), but both hits left the park and Syracuse took advantage of five Harvard walks and one Crimson error during the game.

The Orange's first longball came in the bottom of the first inning, when Shirley Daniels led off with a walk and later crossed the plate on two-out shot by Corinne Ozanne. Harvard answered in the next frame, when Katherine Applebe reached on a two-out passed ball and Galindo followed with a blast to right field for her first collegiate long ball.

The score remained tied until the bottom of the fifth, when Daniels knocked a three-run homer to left with one out. Jamie Halula then entered in the circle for Harvard, allowing one run and one hit and striking out one Orange batter in 1.2 innings.

Syracuse, meanwhile, got a strong outing from Lindsay Taylor, who surrendered just two hits, walked one batter and struck out three in a complete-game effort.