Softball Opens Spring Break Trip With Losses to Long Beach State, 6-5, San Diego State, 10-6

Softball Opens Spring Break Trip With Losses to Long Beach State, 6-5, San Diego State, 10-6

Shelbi Olson posted three hots for the Crimson in the game against Long Beach State Saturday (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. –
The Harvard softball team kicked off its stay at the SDSU Tournament Saturday, dropping games to Long Beach State, 6-5, and San Diego State, 10-6, to begin its annual spring break trip. Harvard's record levels off at 6-6 with the pair of defeats.

The Crimson got the ball rolling early against the 49ers, putting up three runs in the second inning. Catherine Callaway led off with a walk and an infield single from Katherine Appelbe put two runners on with no outs. Adrienne Hume put a ball in play that was thrown away by the third baseman, allowing Callaway to score from second on the error and Appelbe came home to score on an Emily Gusse single two batters later. Shelbi Olson drove in the third run of the inning with a single up the middle, staking the Crimson to a 3-0 lead.

The advantage was short-lived however, as LBSU came back with three of its own in the bottom of the inning. The bottom of the fourth saw the 49ers take the lead on a double and infield single, and Long Beach State posted two more when Lauren Lombardi roped a two-run double to left-center in the bottom of the sixth. The Crimson mounted a two-out rally in its final at-bat, with Kasey Lange ripping an RBI double and Katherine Lantz helping a run come home by hitting into an error, but the 49ers got one final ground ball out to clinch the game.

Shelbi Olson finished the game 3 for 3 with a run and an RBI to lead the Crimson offense. Taylor Cabe took the loss in the circle for Harvard, tossing six innings and allowing two earned runs and nine hits.

The second game of the day against the Aztecs saw SDSU bolt out to a commanding 8-0 lead and fend off the Crimson despite a late charge from Harvard. A two-run double put SDSU up 2-0 after one and a five-run, six-hit second moved the score to 8-0. The Crimson put two across in the bottom of the second thanks to a fielder's choice and a good bit of base running on an Aztec throwing error.

Harvard made the game interesting in the bottom of the fourth, bringing four runs across to cut the deficit to two. Hume led off the frame with a triple to left-center and came home on a passed ball in the next at-bat. Andrea Del Conte reached on a throwing error by the shortstop and scored all the way from first on a Gusse single and ensuing throwing error by the Aztecs. Lange pounded another double to left-center to plate Gusse, and Lange crossed the plate on a Callaway single to right with two outs. That is as close as Harvard would get however, as SDSU padded its lead with two more runs in the seventh to secure the 10-6 win.

Hume had three hits in four at-bats in the game and also scored twice, while Lange had a pair of hits to her credit, along with a run scored and an RBI. Gusse and Del Conte picked up steals for Harvard in the loss.

The Crimson returns to action Sunday with a game against Texas-Arlington.