Softball Falls 10-2, 6-2, In Doubleheader Against Princeton

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team (11-14, 3-5 Ivy League) dropped two games against Princeton (13-13, 6-2 Ivy League) - 10-2 (6 innings) and 6-2 – at Soldiers Field on Sunday afternoon. Sophomore shortstop Rhianna Rich finished the day 4-for-6 with several spectacular defensive plays. Sophomore pitcher Kathleen Duncan went the distance for the third time this season, allowing six earned runs in seven innings while striking out a season-high seven batters.

Harvard will host Yale in a pair of doubleheaders next weekend (April 15-16) at Soldiers Field.

Princeton put three on the board in the top of the first, with big hit coming from first baseman Kaylee Grant, who hit a two-run home run to right center on a full count with two outs, to make it 3-0 Tigers.

Harvard answered in the bottom half, as Elizabeth Shively plated Rich with a sacrifice fly after Rich led off the inning with a double to left center.

The Tigers added runs in the third and fourth innings of Harvard starter Taylor Cabe (4 IP, 5 ER) on an RBI single by Kaylee Grant and an RBI groundout Alex Viscusi to take a 5-2 lead.

With Olivia Giaquinto on to pitch for the Crimson in the top of the fifth inning, Princeton loaded the bases with one out, then plated two runs on a wild pitch followed by an RBI single from Viscusi. In the sixth inning, Princeton tacked on three more runs to take a 10-1 lead.

Harvard battled back in the bottom of the sixth, loading the bases with no one out. The Crimson plated one run on Maddy Kaplan's sacrifice fly to left, but couldn't add any more, falling 10-2.

Duncan struck out five of the first six Princeton batters that she faced in game 2, but ran into trouble in the top of the third inning, as the Tigers put runners on first and third with one out.

An RBI single by Mikayla Blaska was followed by a double to center field by Allison Harvey, who cleared the bases with her hit to put Princeton up 3-0. Harvard answered in the bottom half of the inning with a run, as Giaquinto started the frame with a single to left. Pinch runner Alexa Altchek scored later in the inning on a passed ball.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Harvard cut the Princeton lead to one run, as Shively started the inning with a walk, which was followed by an Erin Lockhart double. Catherine Callaway plated pinch-runner Chanel Varney with a single to left field, but Harvard couldn't push the tying run across.

Princeton added three insurance runs in the top of the sixth inning as Keeley Walsh drove in two runs with a double, and Megan Donahey added a run-scoring single.