MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – The Harvard softball team (2-2) split a pair of games against Stony Brook (W, 8-0) and Loyola (Ill.) (L, 1-3) at the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational this afternoon. The Crimson opened the afternoon with a resounding win over the Wolves, as sophomore shortstop Rhianna Rich began a big day with three hits and three runs scored, junior right fielder Maddy Kaplan drove in four runs, and senior pitcher Taylor Cabe picked up her first win of the season with six shutout innings. Against Loyola (Ill.), Rich had two hits, sophomore third baseman Erin Lockhart added a single and an RBI, and sophomore pitcher Kathleen Duncan allowed one earned run in 6 2/3 innings, striking out four. Harvard will close out the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational tomorrow morning with a 9 a.m. game against Albany.
HARVARD 8, STONY BROOK 0
Cabe helped Harvard kick off the second day of the Madeira Beach Invite on a positive note, working out of early trouble in the first two innings, including a bases-loaded one out jam in the first inning, and a second and third and one out jam in the second inning.
Harvard plated three runs in the top half of the third inning, with the big hit coming from Kaplan, who drove in two runs with an RBI double in the frame.
The Crimson added three more runs in the top half of the third inning, opening the frame with three consecutive singles from Giana Panariello, Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, and Rich. Kaplan added her third RBI of the game after getting hit by a pitch, then catcher Elizabeth Shively plated two more runs with an RBI single to right field to make it 6-0 Harvard.
An RBI triple by Rich, followed by Kaplan's fourth RBI of the game on a single to right field in the seventh inning rounded out the scoring for Harvard. Freshman Olivia Giaquinto made her first appearance in the circle, closing out the game with a scoreless inning of work, including a strikeout.
LOYOLA (ILL.) 3, HARVARD 1
Harvard threatened early against Loyola, loading the bases on a walk from Rich, a Kaplan single, and Lockhart hit by pitch in the top of the first inning, But Loyola escaped the jam. The Ramblers plated two runs in the top of the third inning to take an early 2-0 lead.
Harvard answered in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Lockhart drove in a run with a ground out to short after the Crimson once again loaded the bases with no one out. The Crimson put two runners on base in the sixth and seventh innings, but could not overtake Loyola, which tacked on an insurance run in the top of the last inning.