Offense Erupts In Softball’s Wins Over Cal State Bakersfield, 8-2, Pacific, 7-1

Offense Erupts In Softball’s Wins Over Cal State Bakersfield, 8-2, Pacific, 7-1

Katherine Lantz had a three-run home run in the win over Pacific Saturday (Gil Talbot).

On the final day of the Cal State Northridge Tournament, the Harvard softball team saw its offense erupt, posting wins over Cal State Bakersfield, 8-2, and Pacific, 7-1, Saturday to wrap up its spring break trip. The Crimson improves to 11-11 on the season with the pair of wins.

The Roadrunners got on the board first in the opening game of the day, plating a run on a two-out RBI double to right-center. Harvard leveled the score in the bottom of the second on a passed ball and in the next inning, Kasey Lange launched a two-run home run to right for a 3-1 lead through three. The Crimson pushed two more runs across in the fourth, thanks to back-to-back RBI doubles from Katherine Appelbe and Emily Gusse, but Bakersfield earned another run in the sixth with a sacrifice fly. That is as close as it would get, however, as a Shelbi Olson single and another two-run homer from Lange moved the score to 8-2 in favor of the Crimson, and the Roadrunners were shut down in the seventh to seal the victory for Harvard.

Lange finished the game 3 for 4 with four RBI and two runs scored to lead the Crimson, while Olson had a pair of hits and runs scored on the day. Laura Ricciardone earned the win for Harvard in the circle, scattering four hits over six innings of work.

The second game saw the Crimson plate runs in the second and third innings to take a 2-0 lead over Pacific. Katherine Lantz drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly and Lange drove in another run for Harvard, singling to centerfield in the third. While Harvard was held without a run in the fourth, it exploded for five runs in the fifth to take a sizeable 7-0 edge.  Gusse ripped a double to left field, plating Lange and Andrea Del Conte, and Lantz drove in a trio of runs later in the frame, driving a home run to left field to cap the scoring for Harvard. Pacific brought one run across in the bottom of the fifth on an RBI groundout, but that is all the offense it could muster in the six-run defeat.

Gusse, Lange and Olson all recorded a pair of hits on the day while Lantz led all players with four RBI in the game. Freshman hurler Taylor Cabe was dominant in the game, allowing just one run on four hits while striking out two in the complete-game effort.

Ivy play begins for Harvard next weekend, as it travels to Princeton March 28 and Cornell March 29.