Softball Suffers Two Tough Losses to Start San Diego Classic

Softball Suffers Two Tough Losses to Start San Diego Classic

Meagan Lantz hit a grand slam vs. San Diego State Thursday (Fran Ruchalski).

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – After being shutout in its opener Thursday against Brigham Young, Harvard softball's (8-8) offense exploded for seven runs in its nightcap versus San Diego State, but the Aztecs notched two runs in the bottom of the eighth to rally for the win.

Harvard continues at the San Diego Classic II with a pair of game Friday against Colorado State and St. Mary's at 5 p.m. EST and 7:30 p.m., respectively.

Brigham Young 2, Harvard 0
Hits and base runners were at a premium in Harvard's first game Thursday, as it was edged by Brigham Young (16-10), 2-0.

Harvard pitcher Kathleen Duncan was solid in the circle, going the distance and allowing just two runs on eight hits. For BYU, Olivia Sanchez and McKenna Bull combined for the win and save, respectively.

Harvard had the game's first good scoring chance in the second off a Haley Davis double and a Savannah Bradley single with one out, but Sanchez got two strikeouts to end the inning.

The Cougars scored one run in the top of the fourth and fifth to account for all of the scoring. Lauren Bell recorded an RBI double in the fourth and Libby Sugg had a solo homer in the fifth. The 2-0 lead would hold the rest of the way to close out the contest.

San Diego State 8, Harvard 7
Harvard rallied to overcome a 4-1 deficit with a five-run sixth inning, but San Diego State came back with two of its own in the bottom half of the inning and then won the game with two more in the bottom of the eighth to defeat Harvard, 8-7.

Freshman Meagan Lantz was the primary instigator of the Harvard comeback, ripping a grand slam to account for four of her five RBI in the contest. Jillian Leslie had Harvard's first RBI of the sixth when she earned a walk with the bases loaded before Lantz's homer. Lantz's fifth RBI came in the top of the eighth when her infield single plated Davis.

SDSU scored in each of its first three trips to the plate, scoring one in the first, two in the second and another in the third. Rhianna Rich helped the Crimson get one of those runs back, singling to left center in the top of the third to get Harvard on the board.

The fourth and fifth frames passed without incident, but the Harvard offense came alive for its five runs in the sixth. Savannah Bradley and Davis singled, followed by a Giana Panariello walk, setting up Leslie for her RBI walk. SDSU changed pitchers, but Lantz was still able to send a 1-2 pitch over the left field wall to give Harvard the lead, 6-4.

The Aztecs fought back with two RBI singles in the bottom, and after a scoreless seventh, the game headed to extras. With two outs, Lantz was able to drive home Davis to reclaim the lead, 7-6. SDSU was able to bounce back once again and secured the victory on Leia Ruiz's two-RBI double with one out to earn the walk-off, 8-7.