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Lantz’s Four Hits Help Softball Power Past Texas-Arlington, 12-1

Lantz was one of five Harvard players with a multi-hit game Sunday (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
Junior second baseman Katherine Lantz had four of Harvard's 17 hits on the day as the Harvard softball team put up 12 runs in a decisive 12-1 win over Texas-Arlington Sunday at the San Diego Classic II Tournament. The win is Harvard's first in three tournament games, and lifts the team's record to 7-6 on the year.

 The Mavericks actually drew first blood on the day, collecting two hits and taking advantage of a Harvard error to plate a run in the bottom of the first inning. The response was swift from Harvard, with Lantz and Andrea Del Conte recording singles and Adrienne Hume reaching on an error to load the bases with no outs. Catherine Callaway knotted the game with an RBI single up the middle and classmate Savannah Bradley gave Harvard the lead for good with a sac fly to right. The third run came home on a diversion play that saw Del Conte come home on a throw down to second to cut down Callaway, and Emily Gusse's RBI single put Harvard up 4-1 after just its second at-bat.

That's all that Laura Ricciardone would need for run support, as the junior hurler shut down the Maverick offense in the final six frames, allowing no runs and scattering four hits in that stretch. RBI singles from Shelbi Olson and Bradley in the fourth and fifth and a two-run single from Adrienne Hume in the sixth further stretched the Harvard lead heading into the final stanza. The Crimson ripped three more hits and plated four more runs in the top of the seventh, pushing its run total to 12, and Ricciardone got through the bottom of the inning unscathed to secure the victory.

Gusse, Olson, Hume, Lantz and Appelbe all recorded multi-hit games for the Crimson, led by Lantz's quartet. Bradley, Hume Olson and Gusse all recorded a pair of RBI each on the day as well. Ricciardone improved to 3-3 on the year with the complete-game effort, striking out six and allowing one run.

The Crimson wraps up its stay at the San Diego Classic II Monday with games against Texas Tech and San Diego State.