Michigan State Shuts Out Softball, 1-0

Michigan State Shuts Out Softball, 1-0

Katherine Lantz had one of two hits on the day for the Crimson (Gil Talbot).

The Harvard softball team wrapped up its stay at the Florida Atlantic Classic Sunday with a 1-0 defeat at the hand of Michigan State. The Crimson finishes the tournament with a 2-3 record to start the year and the Spartans improve to 10-7 with the win.

The Spartans, playing as the home team, registered a single in the bottom of the first, but pushed across their lone run of the game an inning later. A Harvard error allowed the leadoff batter to reach base and after a groundout moved her over to second, Destinee Luna stroked a single to left field to bring the run home.

Through three innings, the Crimson had a tough time figuring out MSU pitcher Kelly Smith, as Harvard was unable to record a hit. Katherine Lantz changed that in the top of the fourth, leading off with a solid single to left field. A pair of pop-ups saw the next two Crimson batters go down, and the final out came when Lantz was caught stealing second. Andrea Del Conte was the only other Harvard batter to notch a hit, rolling a one-out single to first in the top of the seventh, but Smith was able to retire the next two batters to seal the slim 1-0 win.

Both Gabrielle Ruiz and Jamie Halula pitched well for Harvard, with Ruiz going 2.1 innings with two strikeouts in the start and Halula allowing just one hit in 3.2 innings of relief. MSU's Smith allowed just the two hits on the day and notched four strikeouts in the victory.

Up next for Harvard is the Winthrop Adidas Invitational, which takes place March 9-10 in Rock Hill, S.C.