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Clutch Offense Sees Softball Split With Dartmouth, 2-0 (8) and 2-1

Katherine Lantz drove in the game-winning run in Game 1 Sunday at Dartmouth (Gil Talbot).

HANOVER, N.H. –
In its final weekend of Ivy North Division play, the Harvard softball team split a doubleheader with division rival Dartmouth Sunday. The Crimson (28-13, 14-1 Ivy) took Game 1 in eight innings, 2-0, and dropped the second game, 2-1, in a Dartmouth (27-16, 16-2 Ivy) walk-off.

Game 1 was a pitching battle for the ages as two of the league's best pitchers went head-to-head, matching each other through seven scoreless frames. Harvard's Laura Ricciardone allowed just three Dartmouth hits and did not surrender a walk while Dartmouth's Kristen Rumley fanned seven Harvard batters in her seven scoreless innings.

It took an extra frame for the Crimson offense to figure out Rumley, and Emily Gusse started the eighth by reaching on an error. Andrea Del Conte reached on an infield single and Katherine Lantz delivered the first run-scoring hit of the game, poking a double to centerfield that plated pinch runner Giana Panariello. After a walk to Kasey Lange, Del Conte scampered home on a wild pitch from Rumley to give the guests a two-run cushion. Rumley led off the Dartmouth eighth with an infield single, but Ricciardone shut the door the rest of the way for the eight-inning shutout.

Action started earlier in the second game of the day, with Harvard taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Adrienne Hume led off with a single and moved to second on a fielder's choice. Gusse delivered for Harvard in the next at-bat, punching a double to left field that allowed Hume to score easily for a quick 1-0 lead. Ricciardone and Morgan Groom combined to hold Dartmouth without a hit through the first five innings, but the hosts finally scratched out a run in the bottom of the sixth.

Kara Curosh started the frame with a single and Katie McEachern tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI double to right field. The Crimson went down in order in the top of the seventh, and Kelsey Miller delivered the walk-off stroke for Dartmouth, launching a solo homer to cap the 2-1 win for Dartmouth.

The series concludes tomorrow when the Big Green will travel to Cambridge to take on Harvard in a doubleheader beginning at 2:00 p.m.