Softball Wraps Up Stay at Miken Classic With 4-3 Win Over Providence

Softball Wraps Up Stay at Miken Classic With 4-3 Win Over Providence

Whitney Shaw had two hits and an RBI in a 4-3 win over Providence Sunday (Gil Talbot).

In its final day at the Miken Classic, the Harvard softball team picked up its third win of the tournament, downing regional foe Providence, 4-3, Sunday morning on the campus of Florida Atlantic. Harvard leaves Florida with a 3-2 record on the young season.   

In the first at-bat of the game, Ellen Macadam knocked a homerun to stake the Crimson to an immediate 1-0 lead. Ashley Heritage followed with a single to right-center later came home with Harvard's second run on a Stephanie Regan sacrifice fly. Laura Ricciardone started the game in the circle for Harvard and held the Friars to just one hit through the first four innings, striking out two.

Harvard extended its lead to 3-0 in the top of the third where Heritage reached base on a fielding error to start the inning. Two batters later, Kasey Lange notched her fourth RBI of the tournament, driving a double to right center and scoring Heritage from second base. The Friars got on the board in the fifth, knotting the score at 3-3 with runs coming home on a wild pitch and a two-run single.  

The Crimson made two quick outs in the top of the seventh but Heritage reached base after being hit by a pitch. Whitney Shaw stepped to the plate and punched a single to center, scoring Heritage for the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the inning, Rachel Brown forced a pop-out and groundout and a line-out to seal the 4-3 win for Harvard.

Shaw finished the game with two hits and a run batted in while Lange and Macadam had a hit and an RBI each in the win. Brown earned her third win of the season, pitching 2.1 innings of relief and striking out three.

The Crimson will travel to the West Coast for its next 11 games, beginning with a March 11 showdown against UC Riverside to kick off play at the UCR Tournament.