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Ohio, Ohio State Top Softball at San Diego Classic II

Harvard dipped to 7-8 on the year with two losses Friday (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
The Harvard softball team fell to two opponents from the state of Ohio, dropping a 2-1 final to Ohio and a 4-1 decision to Ohio State, at the second day of the San Diego Classic II Friday. Harvard dips to 7-8 on the season with the pair of losses.   

The Bobcats snatched a 1-0 lead early in Harvard's first game of the day, picking up an RBI double for the first-inning lead. Harvard hurler Laura Ricciardone was on her game early, keeping the Bobcats to a hit an inning through the first three frames. Ohio doubled its lead in the top of the third, plating a run on a fielder's choice, but Harvard answered back with its first run of the game in the bottom of the inning. Ellen Macadam walked to start the inning and Whitney Shaw and Kasey Lange laced singles to load the bases. Stephanie Regan followed by lifting sacrifice fly to left field, allowing Macadam to come home with Harvard's lone run.

Macadam finished the game with a pair of hits, a run scored, a steal and a walk while Shaw, Lange and Ashley Heritage all collected a hit in the game. Ricciardone fell to 1-3 on the season, allowing just five hits and two runs over seven innings while striking out three.

Rachel Brown toed the rubber for Harvard against Ohio State and held the Buckeyes scoreless through the first four innings. The Crimson came across with the game's first run in the top of the fifth, staking Brown to a 1-0 lead late. Jane Alexander led off the inning with a ringing double to left center and Lange drove in Alexander with her own double to left center. Back-to-back triples by the Buckeyes in the bottom of the inning gave them a 2-1 lead at the end of the fifth and a two-RBI double in the next frame finished the scoring in the 4-1 final.

Lange finished the game 2 for 3 from the plate with an RBI and Alexander, Shelbi Olson and Stephanie Regan all had hits in the game. Brown went six innings in her third loss of the season, fanning nine Buckeyes in the outing.

Harvard caps off its spring break trip Saturday with a game against San Diego at 1:30 p.m. (4:30 p.m. EST).