Softball Downs Host Florida Atlantic, 3-2, Drops 3-1 Decision To Eastern Michigan

Softball Downs Host Florida Atlantic, 3-2, Drops 3-1 Decision To Eastern Michigan

Kasey Lange extended her hitting streak to seven games dating back to last season (Gil Talbot).

Video: Lantz Scores Winning Run Against Florida Atlantic

Day 2 at the Florida Atlantic Classic yielded the same results as the opening day, as the Harvard softball team split games Saturday in Florida. The Crimson (2-2) fell, 3-1, to Eastern Michigan (4-5) in the first game of the day, but bounced back with a 3-2 victory over host Florida Atlantic (6-11) in the nightcap.

The Harvard bats made noise early against the Eagles with Shelbi Olson, Kasey Lange and Stephanie Regan knocking consecutive singles in the top of the first. The hits did not amount to runs, however, as a strikeout and a pop up kept the game scoreless after just one half inning. Eastern Michigan broke through for a run in the bottom of the second when Courtney Loe singled home a runner from second, giving a slight edge to the Eagles.

The score stood that way until the Harvard fifth, where Andrea Del Conte led off with a single and promptly stole second to get into scoring position. Del Conte advanced to third on an EMU error, and came home when Olson drove a single to right field to tie the score at 1-1. Regan picked up another hit in the inning, but Harvard was unable to take the lead. Harvard was able to keep the Eagles scoreless in the fifth, but the bottom of the six proved to be the deciding half inning, when and RBI double and single saw the Eagles plate a pair of runs to take a 3-1 lead. Del Conte led off the seventh with another single, but the Eagles were able to escape the frame to claim the win.

Olson, Regan and Del Conte all had multiple hits in the game for Harvard, while Olson drove in the lone run of the game. Freshman Jamie Halula put forth a strong effort in the circle for Harvard, going 5.1 innings and striking out five batters while allowing three earned runs.

In Game 2, Harvard once again took the lead, although it was an inning later than the game against Eastern Michigan. Del Conte rapped her third single of the day and swiped second with two outs in the top of the third. Kasey Lange followed and the veteran pumped a double to left center, scoring Del Conte easily from second. However, just a half inning later, FAU took the lead for its own, notching back-to-back RBI doubles to take a 2-1 edge into the fifth.

The Crimson recorded yet another three-hit inning in the fifth, but was able to translate the offense into runs. Haley Davis led off the inning with a single, and after moving to second on a Katherine Appelbe sacrifice, came home to score on a Katherine Lantz single. Regan would prove to produce the winning RBI for Harvard, as her two-out single plated Lantz to seal the 3-2 victory.

Gabrielle Ruiz went four solid innings as the starter, with Halula earning the victory in three innings of relief. As a team, Harvard had six hits with Lange and Emily Gusse picking up doubles.

Harvard will look to leave Florida with a winning record when it faces Michigan State tomorrow in an 11 a.m. matchup.