Win Streak at Three As Softball Downs Bakersfield, 2-0, Northridge, 5-2

Win Streak at Three As Softball Downs Bakersfield, 2-0, Northridge, 5-2

Stephanie Regan recorded RBIs in both games Saturday at the Northridge Classic (Harvard Athletic Communications).

The Harvard softball team extended its winning streak to three games, taking down Cal State Bakersfield, 2-0, and Cal State Northridge, 5-2, in Day 2 of the Northridge Classic. With the pair of wins, Harvard improves to 5-3 on the season.     

Game 1 saw Rachel Brown dominate once again, allowing just a single hit and fanning six batters in her third win of the season against Cal State Bakersfield. The teams traded scoreless frames through the first four innings, with Brown surrendering her only hit on an infield single in the third. Harvard broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth when Shelbi Olson led off with a single to right field and moved into scoring position with a steal. A two-out single up the middle by Stephanie Regan provided the game-winning run as Olson came around to put Harvard up 1-0.

Allison Scott reached base an inning later with a single to left center and pinch runner Andrea Del Conte moved to second on a Katherine Lantz fielder's choice.  Katherine Appelbe pinch hit with two outs and delivered some insurance for Harvard, plating Harvard's second run with a single to left field. Six different Harvard hitters finished with hits in the game as Regan and Appelbe picked up RBI in the victory.

The Crimson offense stole the show in the Game 2 in a rematch with Cal State Northridge. Regan led off the game with a ringing double to left center and she came around to score when Jane Alexander reached on a throwing error a batter later. Olson and Ashley Heritage ripped singles in the Harvard second and Emily Gusse, who reached on a fielder's choice, came around to score on a Regan single up the middle. Heritage scored soon after on a wild pitch, and an illegal pitch brought Regan home with Harvard's fourth run of the game.

The Matadors pushed runs across in the third and seventh innings, but an RBI groundout by Kasey Lange gave Harvard its fifth run and sealed the 5-2 victory for the Crimson. Laura Ricciardone earned the win in the circle for Harvard, going four innings and allowing just one run. Rookie Gabrielle Ruiz saw her first action of her collegiate career and earned a save, going three innings and allowing just two hits for Harvard.

The Crimson wraps up its stay at the Northridge Classic Sunday with games against Maine and Oregon State. Harvard faces off against the Black Bears at noon (3 p.m. EST) and takes on the Beavers at 2:30 p.m. (5:30 p.m. EST).