Toreros Top Softball, 3-2, In San Diego Classic II Opener

Pictured: Jennifer Francis drilled a two-run homerun in the first inning against San Diego.
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SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
A two-run first inning staked Harvard to an early lead, but San Diego manufactured three runs in the final six frames to capture a 3-2 win over the Crimson to start the San Diego Classic II Thursday night. Harvard moves to 4-8 on the season while San Diego improves to 8-13 overall.

Ellen Macadam led off the bottom of the first with a walk and proceeded to swipe second, her third stolen base of the season. Emily Henderson moved Macadam over to third with a sacrifice groundout and Jennifer Francis gave the Crimson a two-run lead with a two-run homer, her first of the season.

The Toreros tied the game in the top of the fourth thanks to a Jennifer Ellenbeck solo blast. The Crimson offense was unable to respond down the stretch and Celeste Soto drove in San Diego’s third run in the top of the seventh to give the Toreros a 3-2 win.

Rachel Brown took the loss on the mound for Harvard despite allowing just five hits and striking out nine over seven innings of work. Ellenbeck picked up the win for San Diego, scattering four hits and striking out seven. Harvard’s Jane Alexander was 2 for 3 from the plate, the only player in the game to record multiple hits.

The Crimson continues its stay at the San Diego Classic II Friday with games against Kansas and Texas A&M at 2:30 and 5 p.m., respectively.