Harvard picked up its seventh win of the season against Loyola Marymount (Gil Talbot).
LOS ANGELES – The Harvard softball team resumed its spring break schedule with a brief stay at the Marina International Hotel Showcase, dropping a 5-2 thriller to Wisconsin and topping tournament host Loyola Marymount, 4-1, Tuesday afternoon. Tuesday marked the only day of competition at the tournament for the Crimson (7-4).
The first two innings against Wisconsin went by quietly with each team recording just a single in the second. The Badgers broke through in the top of the third when a one-out single and ensuing stolen base led to an unearned run crossing the plate on a Harvard error. The Crimson had an answer in the bottom of the fourth, however, as Whitney Shaw and Kasey Lange launched back-to-back solo homeruns to put the Crimson in front, 2-1, after four innings.
Harvard held onto the 2-1 lead into the top half of the seventh inning, but with two outs and two strikes on the hitter, Stephanie Peace drove a three-run homerun to left-center and Jennifer Kruger came home with an insurance run two batters later to make it 5-2 Badgers. The Crimson was unable to muster any more runs in the last half of the seventh, clinching the 5-2 win for Wisconsin.
Lange finished the game with two hits, an RBI and a run scored while Shaw drove in Harvard's other run. Rachel Brown absorbed her first loss of the season in the circle, going seven full innings and allowing five runs, three earned, on nine hits to go along with 12 strikeouts.
Against the tournament hosts in game two, Harvard once again fell behind, 1-0, when the Lions' Kelly Sarginson ripped a solo shot to start the second inning. The Crimson didn't wait long to grab the lead, putting up three runs in the next half inning to secure the lead for good. Emily Henderson and Ellen Macadam reached via a walk and a throwing error, respectively, and Ashley Heritage doubled down the left field line to plate Harvard's first run. Macadam came across two batters later on a Kasey Lange sacrifice fly and Stephanie Regan singled in Heritage from second to give the Crimson a 3-1 lead. Mari Zumbro padded the Harvard lead in the top of the fourth with a solo homer, her first this season.
Rookie hurler Laura Ricciardone showed veteran poise, going the distance for the Crimson and allowing just the one run on seven hits and striking out five. Macadam extended her hitting streak to 10 games with a 1 for 3 showing from the plate and Lange recorded her eighth game this season with at least one RBI.
Harvard has tomorrow off but gets a shot at redemption when it faces Wisconsin Thursday in its first game at the San Diego Classic II. First pitch is slated for 7:30 p.m.