Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich lined a one-out, two RBI single in the bottom of the ninth (Katie Lockhart).
LOS ANGELES – Down to the final three outs against regional foe Providence, Harvard softball (6-6) scored four times in the home half of the seventh to tie the game and force extra innings. Two innings later, in the bottom of the ninth, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich drove in the game-winner to give the Crimson the 6-5 comback win over the Friars.
Providence (3-15) scored early, driving in two runs in the third and fourth innings to take a 4-0 advtange. It appeared as if it was all the Friars were going to need as starter Christina Ramirez held the Crimson to only three hits through six innings.
But the flood gates opened in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and only one out, Rich pulled a single into right field to bring home sophomore Chanel Varney, who pinch ran for junior backstop Elizabeth Shively, with the first Crimson run. Two batters later, senior right fielder Maddy Kaplan laced an opposite field, three-run double into left center to plate Rich, freshman Alyssa Saldana, and junior Erin Lockhart to tie the game.
The momentum of the game shifted towards the Crimson dugout in extra innings. Returning to the circle since leaving in the third inning, sophomore Olivia Giaquinto retired the Friars in order in the top of eighth. However, Harvard was unable to do muster much offense in the home half of the frame.
Providence scored once in the top of the ninth to take the 5-4 lead, but it would not last for very long. Rich took advantage of two Crimson runners in scoring position lining an opposite field single into left center to bring home junior Nicki Nishizawa and Lockhart.
Giaquinto earned her second win of the season, tossing 4.2 innings allowing three runs, only two earned, on six hits, while striking out two.
- Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich went 2-5 with three RBI and a run scored from the top of the Crimson lineup.
- Junior third baseman Meagan Lantz extended her hitting streak to six games going 2-for-4.
- Sophomore Olivia Giaquinto improved to 2-1 after tossing 4.2 innings allowing three runs, only two earned, on six hits, while striking out two.
- Harvard's second game of the day against Florida Gulf Coast was canceled due to rain in southern California.
Harvard concludes the LMU Invitational tomorrow against Southern Utah at noon.