Savannah Bradley hit a home run in the sixth inning Thursday (Fran Ruchalski).
KINGSTON, R.I. – Harvard softball (9-11) dropped the opener of what was slated to be a doubleheader at Rhode Island, 4-2, while game two was declared a no contest and called due to darkness.
Meagan Lantz and Savannah Bradley each had two hits and a RBI, but both runs came after Rhode Island had a four-run lead.
Becca Rogers pitched a complete game for the Rams, giving up six hits and one earned run. Taylor Cabe suffered the loss in a strong effort, only giving up three runs while striking out three.
The opening three innings passed without score on either side until Rhode Island put up three runs in the bottom of the fourth. Marylynn Muldowney drove in the first run with a single through the left side. Danielle Gariglio followed that right up with a single out to left that plated another Rams baserunner. Ali Summers made it three straight RBIs for Rhode Island with a sacrifice fly to right that scored Muldowney.
The fifth frame brought another run for the Rams, as Jenna Cubello led off with a homer out to left.
Harvard got on the board in the top of the sixth when Bradley matched Cubello's homer with a solo shot of her own out to center. Lantz cut the deficit in half with her RBI double in the seventh that scored pinch runner Dallas Hogan, but it was as close as the Crimson would get as Rogers induced a ground out to end the game.
Harvard's next game will come at its home venue, Soldiers Field, Tuesday, March 29 against Boston College. The first contest of a doubleheader is set for 3 p.m.