HONOLULU, HI – The Harvard softball team (8-8) earned its first win of the Rainbow Wahine Classic with a 7-3 win over Purdue in the first game of a double header yesterday. The Crimson dropped the second game to host Hawaii, 10-2. Sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Schiffhauer continued her solid tournament, reaching base four times on the day, adding two RBIs against Purdue. Sophomore pitcher Sarah Smith added her team best fourth win of the season against the Boilermakers.
HARVARD 7, PURDUE 3
The Crimson ran out to a big lead against Purdue, starting with a three-run top half of the second inning that sent Harvard on its way to its first win of the tournament. Senior Giana Panariello led off the frame with her first home run of the season. Consecutive singles by Nicki Nishizawa and Dallas Hogan (on a bunt) put runners on first and second base. Then with two outs, Rhianna Rich added a single to load the bases. Schiffhauer drove in her first run of the game with a walk, then Erin Lockhart was hit by a pitch to push home another run and give Harvard a 3-0 lead.
Smith allowed just two baserunners in her first three innings of work, striking out two batters. Harvard tacked on two more runs in the top of the fourth, loading the bases with no one out. Schiffhauer drove in a run with a groundout to second base, then later in the inning Elizabeth Shively's sacrifice fly made it 5-0 Harvard.
Smith limited the damage in the fourth inning, allowing Purdue's first run of the game before escaping a jam with two runners on by inducing a fly out. Smith pitched four innings allowing one run on five hits while striking out two batters.
Harvard plated two more runs in the top of the fifth inning, loading the bases with two outs before an outfield error on a drive by Rich allowed both runs to score, giving the Crimson a commanding 7-1 lead.
HAWAII 10, HARVARD 2 (5 INNINGS)
The host Rainbow Warriors scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning to put Harvard in an early hole and added another in the bottom of the third before Harvard rallied back for two in the top of the fourth inning.
But the Rainbow Warriors added two runs in the bottom of the fourth, and three runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game.
Harvard will close the Rainbow Wahine Classic with a game against Connecticut at 3:00 p.m. ET.