Softball Splits 3-1, 1-0 Decisions With Lehigh

Laura Ricciardone allowed just three hits, and picked up a single of her own, Saturday against Lehigh (Harvard Athletic Communications).

In its first action in the Northeast this season, the Harvard softball team split games with at Lehigh, taking Game 1, 3-1, and falling, 1-0, in Game 2 Saturday at Kaufman Field. Harvard ups its record to 11-5 on the year while the Mountain Hawks move to 12-12 this season. 

Game 1 saw Rachel Brown take control in the circle for the Crimson, racking up eight strikeouts through the first three innings and scattering three hits. The Crimson had some trouble getting its offense going early, but the heat was turned up in the top of the fourth, as Harvard plated a pair of runs. Jane Alexander led off with a triple to right-center and the next batter Kasey Lange immediately brought Alexander in with double down the left field line. Lange advanced to third on an Allison Scott fly, and Katherine Lantz drove in Harvard's second run with a single to left.

Harvard padded its lead in the top of the seventh when Laura Ricciardone led off with a single to left field and Shelbi Olson ripped an RBI single up the middle to plate pinch-runner Camilla Gibson. A hit and a pair of walks allowed Lehigh to get on the board in the last half of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Harvard lead. Brown finished the game with 13 strikeouts, collecting her seventh win of the year, while Lange and Olson notched a pair of hits each in the win. 

The second game featured a pitcher's duel between Ricciardone and Lehigh's Rebecca Bliss, as the teams combined for just five hits and one run in the contest. Ricciardone kept the Lehigh hitters off balance through five innings, allowing just a bunt single in that span. The Mountain Hawks pushed the game's lone across in the bottom of the sixth, when a hit batter and sacrifice bunt put a runner on second. Jennifer Colquhoun followed with a single to short and Lizzy Odren came around to score, unearned, on a throwing error. Bliss retired the side in order in the seventh to seal the 1-0 win for Lehigh.

The Crimson and Mountain Hawks will play another doubleheader tomorrow. Game 1, originally scheduled for noon, will begin at 10 a.m., with Game 2 slated for a noon start.