Softball Suffers Setbacks to Colorado State and St. Mary’s Friday

Softball Suffers Setbacks to Colorado State and St. Mary’s Friday

Jillian Leslie had three RBI in Harvard's game against St. Mary's (Fran Ruchalski).

SANTEE, Calif. – The Harvard softball team (8-10), suffered a pair of defeats Friday at the San Diego Classic II. In its opener, the Crimson were downed, 6-1, by Colorado State, and then were tripped up in extra innings by St. Mary's, 9-8.

Harvard will play the 12th and final game of its California road trip Saturday, squaring off against the University of San Diego at 5 p.m. EST (2 p.m. PST).

Colorado State 6, Harvard 1
Freshman Meagan Lantz drove in Harvard's lone run of the game in the sixth inning on her first career triple, but Colorado State had built a 6-0 lead at that point and held on for the 6-1 victory.

Colorado State benefitted early on from a few miscues by the Crimson, as its first three runs came off a combination of passed balls and wild pitches. Taryn Arcarese tallied CSU's first RBI of the contest in the bottom of the second with single up the middle. Madison Kilcrease kept the scoring coming with a sacrifice fly and CSU sported a 5-0 lead after two.

The Rams made it a 6-0 lead in the fifth on a Jaelyn Manzanares RBI single. Harvard got one of the runs back in the top of the sixth when Lantz ripped a triple to right center that scored pinch runner Haley Davis. CSU was able to get out of that inning after the run scored and then held Harvard to just one base runner in the seventh to close out the victory.

St. Mary's 9, Harvard 8 (8 innings)
A Haley Davis home run in the bottom of the seventh forced extra innings, but St. Mary's was able to score twice in the top of the eighth while Harvard posted just one run in response in the bottom of the inning to secure a 9-8 victory.

After the tough offensive showing against Colorado State, the Crimson cranked out four runs in the top of the first. Giana Panariello drove in Harvard's first run with a double to left that plated Rhianna Rich. That was followed up with an infield, RBI single by Savannah Bradley to make it a 2-0 game. Two batters later, Jillian Leslie batted a single out to left, bringing both Panariello and Bradley home to score and giving Harvard the 4-0 lead early.

St. Mary's chipped away at the lead with an RBI triple in the top of the second and a RBI, sacrifice fly in the third to cut the deficit in half. Harvard extended the lead back out to three runs in the bottom of the third with Leslie singling to center to score Bradley again.

The Gaels rallied late in the game with five runs over the last three innings, countering Harvard's two runs in that span, to force the eighth inning. In the fifth, St. Mary's scored twice on a pair of fielder's choice plays, and then got two more runs in the sixth when Monika Reichhardt was hit by a pitch to force home a run and Katelyn Mamizuka drove in a second run on a another fielder's choice play. Harvard put one run up on the board between that when Zoe Galindo doubled to left to score Elizabeth Shively.

The teams entered the seventh tied at 7-7, but St. Mary's took the lead with a Shannon Low RBI single up the middle. Down to its last out in the bottom of the seventh, Davis revived the Crimson with a long ball over the left field wall.

St. Mary's continued to put runs up on the board for the fourth-straight inning, sending two more base runners home in the top of the eighth. Mamuzuka doubled home the first run and then scored herself two batters later on a wild pitch.

Harvard looked to match the two runs in the bottom half, as Lantz jacked a double to score Rich, but the Gaels got the next two batters out, stranding Lantz on third and sealing the win.