HONOLULU, HI – The Harvard softball team (7-7) dropped a pair of games to Marist (L, 3-2) and Purdue (L, 8-3) at the Rainbow Wahine Classic hosted by the University of Hawaii. Sophomore outfielder Kaitlyn Schiffhauer finished the day 3-for-6 with two RBIs to lead Harvard at the plate.
MARIST 3, HARVARD 2
A seventh inning rally fell just short for the Crimson against Marist as senior first baseman Jillian Leslie doubled and scored on two wild pitches to pull Harvard within a run at 3-2. Harvard's Giana Panariello reached on a walk, and sophomore shortstop Rhianna Rich's one out single put runners on first and second. But Harvard was unable to push across the tying run to send the game to extra innings.
Harvard starting pitcher Kathleen Duncan worked in and out of trouble in 4 2/3 innings, allowing two earned runs on nine hits. Marist scored a run on an RBI single in the top of the second inning and had runners on second and third with one out before Duncan worked out of trouble.
Marist added another run in the top of the fourth before Harvard responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Schiffhauer plated Erin Lockhart with an RBI single to pull Harvard within a run.
Two consecutive two-out singles for Marist in the top of the fifth inning forced Duncan from the game and made it 3-1 in favor of the Foxes. Senior pitcher Taylor Cabe came on in relief and was excellent, allowing no hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.
PURDUE 8, HARVARD 3
Harvard took on Purdue in the second game of the double header and the Boilermakers jumped out to a 7-0 lead by the top of the fourth inning. Cabe once again came on in relief and was excellent with Purdue still threatening. Cabe allowed just one earned run in 3 2/3 innings, striking out three.
The Crimson plated three runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to get back in the game, as junior outfielder Dallas Hogan started a run of four straight singles for Harvard with a bunt single to lead off the frame. Rich and Maddy Kaplan added infield singles to load the bases with no one out. Then Schiffhauer cleared them with a single that scored all three runs after an outfield error to make it 7-3.
But Purdue added an insurance run in the top of the seventh inning on a two-out RBI single and Harvard was unable to mount a comeback in the bottom half of the inning.
Harvard will face Purdue (7 p.m. ET) and Hawaii (11 p.m. ET) in a double-header tomorrow at Rainbow Wahine Softball Stadium.