Softball Splits With Defending Ivy Champ Cornell
Pictured: Margaux Black picked up the win for Harvard in
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ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard softball team upped its conference record to 3-1, splitting a doubleheader with defending Ivy League champion Cornell, dropping game one, 8-4, and capturing game two, 7-6, Saturday. The Crimson improves to 9-15 overall while Cornell moves to 15-8 on the season.
Both teams took some time to figure out the opposing pitchers in game one, but the Big Red broke through with three runs in the third and two more in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead. Harvard built some momentum in the top of the fifth as Jane Alexander and Jessica Pledger ripped consecutive singles to put two runners aboard. Jess Ferri launched her first career homerun to center and Stephanie Krysiak followed with an RBI single to bring the score to 5-4. The Big Red responded with two runs in the bottom of the fifth and another in the sixth to take game one, 8-4.
Melissa Schellberg and Emily Henderson finished the first game with two hits apiece while Ferri had a game-high three RBI while taking the loss for Harvard. Elizabeth Dalrymple was credited with the win for Cornell, striking out 12 over seven innings of work.
Harvard wasted little time plating runs in game two as Whitney Shaw drove a three-run homer to center to give the guests an early 3-0 edge. After scoring one run in the bottom of the third, Cornell banged out six hits, including a triple by Morgan Cawley, and scored five runs in the third to take a 6-3 lead. Harvard tied the score a half inning later as Ferri knocked an RBI double to center and Schellberg scored Eve Rosenbaum with a sacrifice fly. With the score tied at 6-6, Shaw drove her second home run of the game, a solo shot to left in the top of the fifth, to help the Crimson regain the lead. Margaux Black held the Big Red in check down the stretch, going 4.2 innings in relief and allowing no runs and just three hits to get her first win of the season.
Shaw finished the game with two hits and four RBI while Ferri turned in a 2 for 3 performance from the plate.
Harvard steps back out of conference in its next action, squaring off against Holy Cross in a doubleheader April 6.