Bats Boost Softball Past San Diego State, 6-3

Bats Boost Softball Past San Diego State, 6-3

Allison Scott was one of four Harvard hitters to record multiple hits against San Diego State Thursday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
Seven different players recorded hits as the Harvard softball team posted its second-highest run output of the season, topping San Diego State, 6-3, Thursday night at the San Diego State Softball Stadium. The win gives Harvard a 1-0 start to the San Diego Classic II tournament, and stretches its current winning streak to seven games.

For just the second time this season, Harvard's opponent scored the first run of the game as Justeen Maeva blasted a solo homerun to center for a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. The Crimson was unable to bring runners home in the first two innings, logging just one hit in the two frames, but exploded for five runs in the top of the third to take a commanding lead.

Harvard loaded the bases with one out in the third thanks to an error, a single by Shelbi Olson and a walk to Stephanie Regan. Jane Alexander struck out looking for Harvard's second out, but RBI leader Kasey Lange didn't leave any runners stranded, blasting a double to center. Olson and Ashley Heritage scored easily, Regan sped home from first and Lange came all the way around to score when the cutoff from the outfield was mishandled. Freshman Katherine Lantz drove in Harvard's fifth run of the innings, plating classmate Camilla Gibson with a single to left field.

Just an inning later, the Crimson posted its final run of the game when Regan doubled down the left field line and Alexander plated her with an RBI base hit to right. Rachel Brown showed her usual poise in the circle, allowing just two hits and one run through five innings. A pair of errors saw two unearned run come around for the Aztecs in the bottom of the sixth, but the comeback effort came up short as Brown sat SDSU down in order in the bottom of the seventh to secure her fifth win of the season.

Regan, Alexander, Allison Scott and Katherine Appelbe all recorded a pair of hits each in the win while Lange's three RBI was a game-high total. Brown surrendered just one earned run in a complete-game three-hitter, striking out nine San Diego State hitters.

Harvard will face UNLV and Long Beach State on Day 2 of the San Diego Classic II. The UNLV game will begin at 2 p.m. (5 p.m. EST) and the second game will start at 4:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. EST).