Syracuse Edges Harvard Softball, 5-4, in 10-Inning Thriller

With a 3-for-4 day at the plate, Ferri was one of seven Harvard players to log a hit (Gil Talbot photo).

SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Veronica Grant led off the bottom of the 10th inning with a double and later scored on a wild pitch, lifting Syracuse to a 5-4 win against the Harvard softball team in a thrilling, extra-inning affair Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome.

Jessica Ferri registered three hits and rallied Harvard (5-12) from a 3-1 deficit with her two-run home run in the sixth inning. Each team scored once in the ninth before Grant scored an inning later to give the Orange (11-14) a sweep of the Duel in the Dome series.

Zoe Galindo accounted for Harvard's ninth-inning run with her second homer in as many days. She and Shelbi Olson registered two hits as part of an 11-hit attack for the Crimson. Jamie Halula, Gabrielle Ruiz and Morgan Groom combined to limit the Orange to four hits, with Ruiz tossing three hitless, shutout innings.

For the second straight day, Syracuse got on the board first with a pair of runs in the opening inning. Shirley Daniels stole home as part of a double steal, and Corinne Ozanne brought in Emily Thompson with a sacrifice fly.

Olson knocked home Harvard's first run in the third inning, on a single through the right side that scored Andrea Del Conte. Kasey Lange followed with a double, but SU pitcher Stacy Kuwik stranded the two runners in scoring position and stranded two more in the fourth. Kuwik allowed three runs, two earned, on eight hits in six innings.

Morgan Nandin pushed Syracuse's advantage to 3-1 with a fifth-inning home run, but Ferri answered with her two-run shot, scoring Adrienne Hume and tying the game.

Neither side threatened again until Galindo led off the ninth inning by homering to right center. Mary Dombrowski kept the Orange alive in the bottom of the frame. She drew a leadoff walk, advanced to third base on a Crimson error and came home on Jasmine Watson's sacrifice fly.

That set the stage for Grant's 10th-inning heroics. Lindsey Larkin, meanwhile, picked up the win in the circle, surrendering one run on three hits in four innings.