RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Harvard softball (7-8) split a pair of games at UC Riverside Tournament, defeating Colgate (1-14), 10-2, before falling to host UC Riverside (20-7), 4-0 on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan went five-for-seven with a double and three RBI, while junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan earned her fifth victory, striking out five opposing batters in four innings against Colgate.
GAME 1: Harvard 10, Colgate 2
The Crimson took an early lead, scoring once in the top of the second, but Colgate answered an inning later, pushing across two runs in the home half of the third to take a 2-1 advantage.
However, the Raider lead was short-lived. A second time through the order, the Crimson finally got to Colgate starter Kyle Griswold for three runs. Sophomore Olivia Giaquinto begin the top of the fourth with a walk before being replaced by pinch runner, sophomore Chanel Varney.
Two batters later, senior left fielder Dallas Hogan beat out an infield single to bring the lineup back around to the top. Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich loaded the bases with a base hit into left field to bring senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan to the dish. Kaplan ripped her third double in as many games to plate Varney and Hogan, and re-gain the lead for Harvard. Junior third baseman Meagan Lantz grounded out to shortstop for the second out of the frame, but in the back door came Rich to increase the lead to 4-2.
Harvard was not done. Nearly batting around in the top of the fifth, the Crimson put up a crooked number four to take a commanding 8-2 advantage, before sealing the eight-point win, pushing across a pair of runs in the top of the sixth.
Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan earned her fifth win of the season, improving to 5-5 after allowing just two hits in four innings, while striking out five Raiders.
GAME 2: UC Riverside 4, Harvard 0
In its second game of the day, Harvard ran into a tough UC Riverside squad. The Highlanders struck first, scoring once in the bottom of the second before putting up a three-spot two innings later. But it proved to be all they would need.
Junior Meagan Lantz gave the Crimson its best opportunity to score, driving a two-out double into the left centerfield gap in the top of the first. But it was as far as she would get as UC Riverisde starter Hailey Dolcini retired Erin Lockhart on strikes.
Dolcini kept the Crimson off the scoreboard, tossing a complete game, allowing just four hits while striking out four to earn her eighth victory of the season.
Kaplan went 2-3 from the top of the Crimson lineup, while Giaquinto took the loss, dropping her to 2-2 on the season, after tossing two innings of relief allowing one run on two hits.
- Senior Maddy Kaplan went 5-for-7 with a double and three RBI from the top of the lineup.
- Junior third baseman Meagan Lantz went 3-for-6 with two doubles and an RBI
- Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan improved to 5-5 after tossing four innings allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out five against Colgate.
Harvard returns to the east coast and opens Ivy League action on March 17-18 with a three-game series against rival Yale in New Haven, Conn. at 12:30 p.m. All action will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.