San Diego Edges Softball, 2-1, In San Diego Classic II Finale

Katherine Lantz had a pair of hits and an RBI Sunday (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
On the final day of the 2013 San Diego Classic II, the Harvard softball team jumped out to a 1-0 lead but could not hold on as San Diego downed the Crimson, 2-1, Sunday. Harvard finishes the tournament with a 2-3 record, and moves to 5-9 on the year.

Morgan Groom got the start for the Crimson and, despite letting up three hits in the first two innings, kept the Toreros off the board. Katherine Lantz picked up a first-inning single in that span, but Harvard was also unable to bring a run across through the first two frames. The Crimson finally made some noise in the top of the third when Andrea Del Conte reached on a throwing error by the pitcher and advanced to second with two outs. Lantz was up next and ripped her second single of the game, punching one through the middle that allowed Del Conte to come home with the game's first run.

Groom sat down the Toreros in order in the bottom of the third, but the home team drew even an inning later. A walk and an error put a San Diego runner on second with two outs, and Charly Swanberg delivered for the hosts, driving a single to left to bring home the tying run. Groom forced the next batter to pop up, ending the threat for San Diego.

Harvard's freshman hurler stayed focused through the fifth and sixth, retiring the side in order in both frames. Kasey Lange led off the Harvard sixth with a single, but was unable to come home thanks to a heads-up defensive play by the Toreros. The score stayed tied into the home half of the seventh and a pair of walks and a sacrifice bunt put a runner at third with just one out. Dana Prelsnik came up with the final blow, singling to center and plating the winning run in the 2-1 Toreros victory.

Groom had another quality outing for Harvard, pitching all 6.2 innings, striking out six and allowing just one earned run. Lantz led the offense with the two hits on the day, while Katherine Appelbe and Emily Gusse had sacrifices for the Crimson.

Up next, Harvard takes on Loyola Marymount in a midweek doubleheader Wednesday.