Softball Closes Florida Trip with 8-4 Win Over Albany

Softball Closes Florida Trip with 8-4 Win Over Albany

Junior Maddy Kaplan went 4-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored in an 8-4 win over Albany.

The Harvard softball team (3-2) closed out the EMU Madeira Beach Invitational with an 8-4 win over Albany (4-2) on Sunday morning (Feb. 26) at the Madeira Beach Recreation Complex.

The top of Harvard's batting order – Rhianna Rich, Maddy Kaplan, Alexa Altchek, and Erin Lockhart – combined to go 8-for-12 with six RBIs and four runs scored, with Kaplan having the biggest day at the plate (4-for-4, two runs, two RBIs).

The Crimson rallied from an early 3-0 deficit, as sophomore pitcher Sarah Smith came into the game from the bullpen and worked out of a bases loaded, no-out jam in the top of the first inning. With Harvard trailing 1-0, Snow allowed just two runs and shut down the Great Danes with three shutout innings while Harvard built a big lead.

Smith's final line was 4 2/3 innings pitched, with four hits, one earned run allowed and five strikeouts.

After an RBI single by Lockhart plated Harvard's first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning, the Crimson tacked on four runs in the bottom half of the second inning to take the lead for good. RBI singles by Rich and Kaplan helped Harvard build a 5-3 lead.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, an RBI single by Kaplan, and an RBI double from Lockhart extended Harvard's lead to 7-3.

After Smith ran into trouble in the top of the fifth inning, sophomore pitcher Kathleen Duncan came in with the tying run at the plate and induced a groundout from Albany's Sarah Petzold.

Altcheck added an RBI single in the bottom of the sixth to give Harvard an insurance run, and Duncan closed out the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings to lift Harvard to the victory.

Harvard will head to California in two weeks for a tournament co-hosted by Long Beach State and Cal St. Fullerton. The Crimson will play games against San Diego State (2), Cal St. Fullerton, Long Beach State and Longwood on March 10-12.