Softball Takes Game 1, 9-1, Falls in Game 2, 14-6, Against Yale

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Big days by sophomore third baseman Erin Lockhart (5-for-6, six RBI, three runs) and freshman first baseman/pitcher Olivia Giaquinto (4-for-5, two HR, two RBI) at the plate, and a strong start by sophomore pitcher Kathleen Duncan (5-6) in game 1 helped Harvard softball earn a split against Yale today in the first of two doubleheaders. Harvard (13-15, 4-6 Ivy League) won the first game in five innings with an 9-1 win over Yale (11-22, 5-5 Ivy League). The Bulldogs came back and won game 2 by a score of 14-6 in five innings.

Harvard will host Yale again tomorrow afternoon in a doubleheader, with game 1 set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be streamed on the Ivy League Digital Network.

A big fifth inning for Harvard (eight runs scored) combined with a strong effort by Duncan in the circle (5 IP, 5H, ER) helped Harvard earn a run-rule win over the Bulldogs. A two-out double by Melissa Lacro helped Harvard take a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Yale answered in the top of the third with a two-out RBI single of their own off the bat of Laina Do. But Duncan allowed just two hits the rest of the way.

A two-out opposite field double by Elizabeth Shively helped Harvard regain the lead in the bottom of the third inning at 2-1. The Crimson tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth on Giaquinto's home run to left center to lead off the frame.

Then the offense exploded for eight runs in the fifth inning to end the game via run rule. Harvard's first three batters in the inning reached base as Maddy Kaplan doubled, Lockhart followed with a single, and Shively drove in a run with another single. Wild pitches by Yale starter Francesca Casalino (3-5) plated Lockhart and Shively to make it 6-1.

With one out, Giaquinto notched her second solo home run of the game over the fence in left center. The Crimson then loaded the bases with two outs, and Kaplan added her second hit of the inning to make it 8-1 on a single to left field. Lockhart ended the game with a bases clearing double to the centerfield fence.

In game 2, Lockhart again had a big game in the cleanup spot (2-for-3, three RBI, run scored), and Harvard jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but the Crimson were undone by a 10-run inning for the Bulldogs in the top of the second inning.

With two runners on in the bottom of the first inning, Lockhart cleared the bases with another double to the gap in right center to make it 2-0. A two-out RBI double by Catherine Callaway made it 3-0 Crimson early.

But Yale tacked on 10 runs on eight hits in the top of the second inning, the big hit coming off the bat of Madison Sack. With the bases loaded and the Bulldogs leading 5-3, Duncan came on on in relief of Harvard starting pitcher Taylor Cabe.

Sack hit a grand slam to left to make it 9-3, adding one more run on an infield single. The Crimson cut into Yale's lead with a two-out rally in the bottom half of the frame, as Lockhart reached on an infield single to plate Kaitlyn Schiffhauer from third. Shively added a line single to center field to make it 10-5. But the Crimson would get no closer than five the rest of the way. Rhianna Rich added an RBI groundout in the third inning to make it 11-6, then Yale added three in the top of the fifth inning to seal the win.