Shelbi Olson had a pair of RBI in Harvard's win over North Dakota Saturday (Photo: Mike Slade)
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Two big innings was all the Harvard softball team needed, picking up its second victory of the FCGU Tournament with a 7-4 victory over North Dakota Saturday afternoon. The Crimson moves to 2-1 on the young season while UND remains winless at 0-3.
The Harvard offense was clicking in the lone game of the day, producing 10 hits and seven runs in the contest. It took a while for either team to get going, however, as North Dakota had the only hit between the two team through the opening two and a half innings. UND was the first to score, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the third on a single up the middle following a leadoff single and sacrifice bunt.
While Harvard was unable to respond in the next half inning, it plated four runs in the top of the fifth to grab a commanding 4-1 lead. Katherine Appelbe and Adrienne Hume led off the back-to-back doubles and Appelbe came home when Zoe Galindo grounded into an error with one out. Galindo promptly swiped second and came home seconds later when senior Shelbi Olson smacked Harvard's third double of the frame, driving in two. Kasey Lange provided the final RBI of the frame, driving in Olson with an infield single to second.
North Dakota would not go quietly and rallied to put two runners on in the bottom of the sixth on a walk and a single. With two outs, Carlyn Chewning connected on a Taylor Cabe offering, lifting the ball over the right-centerfield wall for a three-run homer, tying the game at 4-4. This time, the Harvard response was quick, as Emily Gusse ripped a one-out double and scored a batter later on Lindey Hagberg's two-base knock. Savannah Bradley picked up an RBI when she singled through the right side and Galindo capped the scoring in the inning with a sacrifice fly to center. UND managed two singles in the bottom of the inning, but Gabby Ruiz produced a final groundout to cap the 7-4 victory.
Gusse and Appelbe finished the game with a pair of hits each while Olson had two of Harvard's six RBI. Five of Harvard's 10 hits went for extra bases and Galindo picked up two steals in the victory.
Harvard's second game of the day, scheduled to be an 8:15 p.m. start time against host FCGU, was pushed back to Sunday at 1:30. The Crimson will take on Arkansas in an 11:15 a.m., start before taking on Florida Gulf Coast.