Softball Drops Pitching Duel with Princeton, Leads Game Two Before Suspension in Ivy League Championships

Cabe is in line for the win in the second contest of the doubleheader (Mark Washburn).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – In search of its first Ivy League championship since 2012, Harvard softball (28-16) fell in a pitcher's duel, 2-1, to open the series with Princeton (22-25) before having game two suspended for darkness with Harvard leading 7-1 in the bottom of the sixth.

The latter half of the twin bill will be picked up at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network. 

Dartmouth 2, Harvard 1
Sophomore Maddy Kaplan tallied a game-high three hits in the opening contest of the Ivy League Championships, but a pair of solo home runs thrust the Tigers to victory, 2-1. Senior Haley Davis drove in the lone Harvard run of the game, while junior Giana Panariello and freshmen Rhianna Rich and Elizabeth Shively also tallied hits for the Crimson.

Senior Morgan Groom got the start in the circle, throwing 4.1 innings with two strikeouts while allowing four hits and two runs. Freshman Sarah Smith tossed the final 2.2 innings in relief, holding Princeton without a hit with two strikeouts.

Princeton scored first with a solo home run in the top of the second inning, and later extended the advantage to 2-0 with a second homer in the top of the fifth.

The game was halted for one hour, 47 minutes in the bottom of the fifth for a rain delay, and Harvard responded with four hits and one run following the stoppage of play. Davis dropped a single into left field to score freshman Kaitlyn Schiffhauer in the sixth, but Harvard combined to leave four runners on base to end the fifth and sixth innings. Princeton put Harvard down in order in the bottom of the seventh to claim the win.

Harvard 7, Dartmouth 1 – Suspended in Sixth Inning for Darkness
Harvard jumped out to a 7-1 advantage in the second game of the afternoon, but play was halted in the bottom of the sixth when umpires determined it was too dark to continue. Kaplan, Panariello and senior Zoe Galindo recorded two hits apiece before the interruption, with Panariello tallying a game-high two RBI. Junior Taylor Cabe threw five innings in the circle, allowing five hits and one run with two strikeouts.

The Crimson wasted no time scoring in the top of the first, with Rich crossing the plate following a hit by pitch on freshman Meagan Lantz. The Harvard led tripled to 3-0 in the top of the third after a single from Shively and a run-scoring triple from junior Savannah Bradley.

Harvard added a pair of runs in the fourth to push the gap to 5-0. Galindo tripled to start the inning, and following a pitching change Kaplan laced a triple of her own to score Galindo. The outfielder later scored after a sacrifice fly from Rich.

An RBI single helped Princeton pull within four, 5-1, but Harvard managed two additional runs in the sixth to move ahead by six runs entering the break. Davis opened the inning with a double, and following a hit from Kaplan and a walk from Rich, Panariello knocked a single into center field to plate two Crimson baserunners.

Cabe worked the opening hitter in the sixth to a 1-2 count before the umpires suspended the game for darkness. Play will resume tomorrow, May 7, at 3:30 p.m. with the remainder of game two, and a winner-take-all game three if necessary. The action will be live on the Ivy League Digital Network.