Homerun Trio Powers Softball Past Penn in Ivy-Opening Doubleheader

Mari Zumbro hit one of three Harvard home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Penn Saturday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Ellen Macadam, Whitney Shaw and Mari Zumbro all went deep as the Harvard softball team swept Penn, 2-1 and 10-0 (five innings), Saturday in Harvard's Ivy League-opening doubleheader. Shaw's solo blast marked the game-winning run in Game 1 while Macadam's two-run shot allowed the Crimson to close out the Quakers in five innings in Game 2.      

After two scoreless innings, Harvard took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of Game 1. Emily Henderson led off the frame with a walk and moved to second on an Ashley Heritage groundout. Ellen Macadam followed with a base hit up the middle, plating Henderson with the game's first run. Rachel Brown kept the Quaker bats at bay, allowing just one hit and fanning eight through five innings.

Shaw stretched the Harvard lead to 2-0, leading off the sixth inning with a solo blast to center field, her fourth of the season. Penn was able to break the scoring drought in the bottom of the inning, cutting the deficit to one thanks to a Harvard error and a wild pitch. The run would be the only one for Penn as Brown struck out the side in the seventh to cap the 2-1 win. The junior hurler finished with 11 strikeouts and collected her 11th win while Shaw, Macadam and Allison Scott all had hits for Harvard.

Game 2 started the same way as Harvard took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on a Stephanie Regan sacrifice fly. After pitcher Laura Ricciardone sat down the Quakers in order in the bottom of the third, the Crimson blew the game open with seven runs in the fourth. Mari Zumbro led off with a solo homer to left and back-to-back RBI doubles by Macadam and Regan made it 5-0 Harvard. Kasey Lange drove in Regan with a single through the right side and two Penn miscues led to two more Harvard runs in the inning. Macadam ripped a two-run home run to center in the top of the fifth and a 1-2-3 inning from Ricciardone ended the game after five innings.

Harvard totaled 11 hits in the game, led by Macadam who finished 2 for 3 with four RBI. Lange also ripped two hits and drove in a run while Zumbro and Regan had a pair of RBI each. Ricciardone was stellar in the circle for Harvard, allowing just one hit and striking out five in her first Ivy League contest.

The Crimson is back in action tomorrow as it takes on Columbia in a doubleheader. Game 1 is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.