Sunday Split With Dartmouth Caps Softball Regular Season
Allison Scott ripped one of two Harvard home runs on the day against Dartmouth (Harvard Athletic Communications).
HANOVER, N.H. – The Harvard softball team wrapped up its regular season slate Sunday, splitting a doubleheader with Dartmouth, 4-0 and 9-3, Sunday at Dartmouth Softball Park. The Crimson finishes the regular season with an overall record of 31-13 and an Ivy-best conference mark of 17-3, while Dartmouth finishes at 14-25 with a 7-13 conference record.
Rachel Brown was masterful in her final regular-season start, surrendering just one hit, a double in the bottom of the first, and striking out 12 Dartmouth batters in the complete-game effort. Kasey Lange gave her all the run support she would need in the top of the first as the sophomore launched a solo homerun to give the Crimson a quick 1-0 lead. The score stayed that way until the top of the fifth where Allison Scott followed suit, leading off the inning with a solo blast to give Harvard a 2-0 lead after five.
An RBI groundout by Shelbi Olson in the sixth brought Andrea Del Conte home with Harvard's third run and a Marika Zumbro RBI single in the seventh inning capped the scoring in Game 1. Scott finished the game as the only hitter to record multiple hits, going 2 for 3 from the plate. Brown collected her 18th win of the season with the victory.
A bases-loaded walk in the second inning of Game 2 put Dartmouth out in front, 1-0, and a five-hit, six-run third frame gave the hosts a commanding 7-0 lead after three full innings. Harvard responded in the top of the fourth, bringing home three runs of its own. Katherine Lantz knocked in Harvard first run of the game with an RBI groundout and Katherine Appelbe came across on a passed ball two batters later. Jessica Ferri's single through the middle brought home Adrienne Hume for Harvard's third run of the inning. The hosts tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the sixth and the Crimson was unable to respond in the 9-3 defeat.
Gabrielle Ruiz shouldered the loss for Harvard in the circle, scattering four hits and allowing three earned runs in 2.2 innings of work. Zumbro was effective in relief, fanning a pair of Dartmouth batters and surrendering two runs in 3.1 innings pitched.
Harvard's next action will be in the Ivy League Championship Series, but its opponent has yet to be decided. Penn and Cornell finished in a tie for first in the Ivy League South Division standings and will meet in a one game playoff to determine who will advance to the Ivy Championship Series. The playoff game will take place this weekend in Philadelphia, with the Ivy Championship Series to be played May 11-12 at Soldiers Field.