Cal State Northridge Downs Softball, 4-1, To Open Weekend Tournament

Cal State Northridge Downs Softball, 4-1, To Open Weekend Tournament

Emily Gusse launched a solo home run Thursday against Cal State Northridge (Photo: Mike Slade).

The Harvard softball team had a tough time figuring out the opposing pitcher Thursday, as the Crimson managed just four hits in a 4-1 loss to tournament host Cal State Northridge at Matador Diamond. Harvard's record evens out to 9-9 on the year with the defeat.

The hosts took advantage of an early Harvard error in the first inning, jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Taylor Glover pounded an RBI triple to bring home the game's first run, and Katie Hooper brought in the second with a sacrifice fly. Northridge pitcher Brianna Elder kept the Crimson bats at bay, allowing just one hit through the first three innings.

However, Harvard's second hit was impactful, as junior Emily Gusse lifted a ball over the left-centerfield wall for a solo home run with two outs in the fourth inning. Kasey Lange followed with a double to right-center, but Elder picked up a strikeout in the next at-bat to quell the threat. CSNU responded with a three-hit, two-run inning in its next at-bat, pushing the score to 4-1. Maylynn Mitchell poked an RBI double to left and Carissa Sherman singled in the next at-bat to bring another run home. Harvard's final hit of the day came from Alyssa Siegmann in the top of the fifth, and the Crimson was unable to plate any more runs the rest of the way.

Freshman Taylor Cabe absorbed the loss for the Crimson, pitching four innings, allowing six hits, three earned runs and striking out two. Laura Ricciardone was perfect in two innings of relief, collecting one strikeout.

A doubleheader awaits the Crimson Friday, as Harvard will take on Pacific and Cal State Bakersfield.