Late Run Pushes Providence Past Softball, 3-2

Late Run Pushes Providence Past Softball, 3-2

Marika Zumbro recorded two hits and an RBI against Providence Tuesday (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Kasey Lange launched a solo home run in the top of the sixth to tie the score at 2-2, but the Harvard softball team could not hold on as the Crimson fell to Providence, 3-2, Tuesday in a non-conference matchup. The loss moves Harvard to 15-9 on the year while the Friars improve to 13-18 this season. 

The hosts jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead as Jessie Bryant ripped a solo home run to right-center in the bottom of the first off Rachel Brown. The Crimson recorded a hit each in the first and third innings, but it was the Friars who struck again in the bottom of the third, bringing a run home thanks to a double and a Crimson fielding error.

Harvard responded in the top of the fourth, however, as Whitney Shaw drew a leadoff walk and pinch runner Andrea Del Conte stole second during the next at-bat. The next two Harvard hitters made outs but with two down, Marika Zumbro ripped an RBI single that scored Del Conte from second for Harvard's first run of the day. Brown and Laura Ricciardone combined to quiet the Friar bats in the fourth and fifth innings, and Lange's leadoff blast brought Harvard even heading into the bottom of the sixth.

A walk and a single put runners on first and second for the Friars and Stephanie Kiesel provided the game-winning hit, doubling to left field and plating the game-winning run. Jane Alexander singled and Lange was intentionally walked in the Harvard seventh, but one final pop up sealed the 3-2 win for the Friars. 

Alexander and Zumbro each had a pair of hits on the day for Harvard while Lange and Zumbro were responsible for driving in the runs. Brown went four innings for the Crimson, striking out seven, while Ricciardone absorbed the loss, going two innings and striking out a pair. 

Harvard is back in action at Soldiers Field as it welcomes Columbia Friday and Penn Saturday for its Ivy home-opening weekend.