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Softball Falls to Southern Utah to Close Out LMU Invitational

Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan tied her career single-game best, striking out seven Southern Utah batters (Katie Lockhart).
Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan tied her career single-game best, striking out seven Southern Utah batters (Katie Lockhart).

Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan tied her career single-game best, striking out seven Southern Utah batters (Katie Lockhart).

LOS ANGELES – The Harvard softball team closed out the Loyola Marymount Invitational following a 9-3 loss against Southern Utah on Sunday afternoon. 

Southern Utah (3-18) jumped on the board early, pushing across a run in the top of the first, but Harvard (6-7) answered two innings later. Taking advantage of a Thunderbird error to begin the frame, freshman Alyssa Saldana ripped an opposite field double to right field to plate junior Meagan Lantz, and Maddy Kaplan. Moments later, sophomore backstop Lindey Kneib lined a single into right field to bring home Elizabeth Shively to give the Crimson a 3-1 advantage. 

The Crimson lead held until the top of the fifth when the Thunderbirds scored three times to re-gain the lead, 4-3. Southern Utah added to its lead, putting up a crooked number five in the top of the seventh.

Despite allowing five earned runs over 4.1 innings, junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan tied her career single-game best, striking out seven Thunderbirds, while walking just one.

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan tied her career single-game best striking out seven Thunderbirds over 4.1 innings of work.
  • Senior right fielder Maddy Kaplan has reached base safely in eight straight games after going 2-4 with a double and run scored.
  • Freshman centerfielder Alyssa Saldana went 1-4 with two RBI.  

What's Next
Harvard remains in southern California for another two days and will play Colgate on Tuesday March 13 at 1 p.m. in Riverside, California.

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