Morgan Groom earned the win in game one for Harvard (Envision Sports Media).
SPARTANSBURG, S.C. – The Harvard softball team (3-4) got off to a fine start Saturday, shutting out Coppin State (0-11), 8-0, in its first game of the Adidas Tournament in South Carolina, but dropped its second affair, 3-0, to USC Upstate (10-2).
Harvard 8, Coppin State 0 (5 innings)
Junior Morgan Groom earned her first victory of the season, pitching a spectacular two-hit shutout, leading Harvard to an 8-0 victory over Coppin State in the first game of the Adidas Tournament Saturday.
Groom got the first three batters she saw out in order in the top of the first, including the first of her five strikeouts. That brought the Crimson bats to the plate, with Katherine Lantz and Andrea Del Conte leading off with infield singles. Both base runners would swipe a bag before ultimately scoring on passed balls. Maddy Kaplan accounted for Harvard's third run of the inning when Emily Gusse drove her in on a groundout to short.
The top of the second featured much of the same from Groom, tacking on two more strikeouts to her tally. Junior Zoe Galindo started the bottom of the frame off with a walk and then stole second. A passed ball moved her over to third, before a wild pitch gave her the opportunity to score, pushing the Crimson lead to 4-0.
In the third, Coppin State found its way to the base paths with a pair of walks, but Groom got out of the inning unscathed with a groundout to Gusse at short. The bottom of the third featured three more runs for the Crimson. Giana Panariello, pinch-running for Gusse, came in to score on a Jillian Leslie infield groundout for the first run. Consecutive walks to Adrienne Hume and Galindo, coupled with steals for both, gave Harvard two runners in scoring position with Katherine Appelbee coming to the dish. The reigning Ivy League Player of the Week proceeded to rip a single to left field, picking up two RBI as Harvard extended its lead to 7-0.
The Crimson closed the book on this game early, plating its eighth run in the bottom of the fifth. Galindo led off the inning with a single to second base. She moved from first to third on a steal and an errant throw by the Coppin State catcher before coming in to score on an error by the shortstop. For the game, Galindo finished 1-for-1, with three runs scored and two walks.
USC Upstate 3, Harvard 0
Despite outhitting USC Upstate, 6-5, Harvard softball fell in its second game of the day in Spartansburg, South Carolina, 3-0.
Kaplan and Appelbe both recorded a pair of hits in the game, while Taylor Cabe pitched the complete outing, allowing just five hits.
The Spartans notched their first two runs in the bottom of the first off a home run by Cheyenne Griffin.
After playing the next four innings scoreless, USC Upstate tacked on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth with another long ball. Griffin was once again the offending party, hitting this one over the centerfield wall.
Harvard returns to action Sunday with a 10 a.m. tilt against Hartford, with a matchup against Winthrop to follow.