Softball Slips Against St. Louis, 5-3, in Riverside Tourney Finale

Softball Slips Against St. Louis, 5-3, in Riverside Tourney Finale

Whitney Shaw recorded her fourth multi-hit game of the season against St. Louis Sunday (Gil Talbot).

After collecting wins in its first three games at the UC Riverside Tournament, the Harvard softball team (6-3) dropped its first game of its spring break trip with a 5-3 defeat at the hands of St. Louis Sunday. Harvard finishes the tournament with a 3-1 record, having topped the Billikens, 2-1 in eight innings, Saturday.     

The Billikens jumped out to an early 1-0 lead thanks to a double and an RBI single in the top of the first inning, but the Crimson responded in the bottom half of the frame. For the second time this season, Ellen Macadam bashed a homerun as Harvard's first batter of the game, knotting the score at 1-1. Macadam is hitting .889 as the first Harvard batter of the game, having collected eight hits in nine opportunities this season.

St. Louis retook the lead in its next at-bat, this time bringing three runs home with a bases-loaded walk and a two-RBI single to left field. Once again the Crimson had an immediate answer, punching back with two more runs in the bottom of the second. Allison Scott and Jane Alexander knocked back-to-back one-out singles and moved to second and third on a Jackie Cooley groundout. Macadam came up big once again, steering a single to center which plated Scott and Alexander to cut the deficit to one at 4-3.

The middle innings saw the pitchers bare down and not allow another run come across. Harvard nearly knotted the score at 4-4 in the bottom of the fifth but Macadam was gunned down at home trying to score on a Kasey Lange grounder to short. A solo homer by the Billikens in the top of the seventh gave them some extra breathing room and despite putting runners on first and third with two outs in the bottom half of the inning, the Crimson was unable to plate any more runners, sealing the 5-3 final.  

Macadam once again paced the offense for Harvard, going 3 for 4 from the plate for her fifth multi-hit game of the young season. The senior also drove in all of Harvard's runs in the game and knocked her team-leading third homerun of the season. Shaw and Scott each had a pair of hits in the loss. Rachel Brown fanned 11 St. Louis batters over 5.2 innings of relief while Julia Moore absorbed the loss for Harvard, picking up three K's in the outing.

The Crimson will take Monday off and resume play Tuesday with games against Wisconsin and Loyola Marymount before starting competition at the San Diego Classic II Thursday.