Zoe Galindo had two triples on the day for Harvard (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The offense was plentiful at Soldiers Field Thursday as the Harvard softball team posted 20 runs in a doubleheader sweep of non-conference for Quinnipiac. The results move the Crimson above .500 for the first time this season at 18-17, while the Bobcats drop to 14-26 on the year.
Harvard jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the game, aided by a pair of leadoff walks to Stephanie Regan and Shelbi Olson. A long fly ball out off the bat of Haley Davis allowed the runners to move up a base each, and Emily Gusse stroked a single to right field, bring in both runners for the early edge. Pitcher Morgan Groom scattered a pair of hits over the first two frames, keeping the Bobcats off the board until the top of the third. The guests got on the board thanks to a leadoff homerun by Kortney Kesses, and tied it when Lauren Salgado came home on an Alex Alba double.
The score stayed tied for the next full inning until Harvard was able to reclaim the lead with a pair of runs in the fourth. Adrienne Hume reached after being hit by a pitch and Zoe Galindo singled to third to put two runners on. Katherine Appelbe executed a sacrifice bunt to shift the runners over and Regan picked up an RBI with a sac fly. In the next at-bat, Olson drove a single up the middle, scoring Galindo and pushing the lead to 4-2. Courtney Solt answered with a leadoff triple in the fifth, and came home on a Salgado groundout, cutting the host's lead to one.
Harvard broke it open in the bottom of the sixth, bringing five runs home on three hits to secure the victory. Galindo led off with a triple and scored on a throwing error for a quick insurance run. Two quick outs made it look like Quinnipiac could escape with limited damage, but a single by Olson and a pair of walks loaded the bases for Harvard. Gusse drew a bases-loaded walk for her third RBI of the game, and Katherine Lantz pounded a bases-clearing triple to the right-centerfield gap to stretch the lead to 9-3. The guests grabbed one back in the seventh, but the final batter lined out to Kasey Lange at third, who quickly fired to first to complete the game-ending double play.
Gusse and Lantz drove in three runs each in the game while Groom picked up the win in five innings of work with three strikeouts. Olson, Lantz and Galindo all had a pair of hits in the win.
Alba gave the guests a quick lead in Game 2 with an RBI double in the first, but the lead was short-lived, as Harvard came back with four runs in the second frame. Three walks loaded the bases with one out and Hume came home to tie the score on a wild pitch. Olson continued to swing well, poking a single through the middle to plate two more runs, and a throwing error by the Quinnipiac catcher on a double steal brought Regan in with Harvard's fourth run.
Harvard matched its offensive output in its next at-bat as a Lantz hit-by-pitch and a Hume double put runners on second and third with one out. Galindo blasted her second triple of the day to right-center, plating a pair, and she came home when Alyssa Siegmann popped a triple to the left-centerfield gap in the next at-bat. An RBI groundout from Regan pushed the Harvard lead to 8-1 through three innings.
Quinnipiac slowly chipped away at the deficit, bringing in two runs on an error and a single in the top of the fourth, and three more in the fifth thanks to some shaky fielding by the hosts. The score stood at 9-6 through four and a half innings and after Regan led off the Harvard fifth with a double and Kassy Shiotani reached on an error, Kasey Lange pounded a double over the centerfielder's head to bring in two more. The game was called on account of darkness before the next at-bat, sealing the 11-6 win for Harvard.
Harvard combined for four triples on the day, including two by Galindo. Olson, Lange and Galindo all had a pair of RBI in Game 2, while Hume Galindo and Regan all scored twice in the win. Jamie Halula earned her eighth victory of the season in the circle.
Harvard returns to Ivy play this weekend when it travels to Providence, R.I., for a four-game series with North Division foe Brown.