Softball Completes Season Sweep of Ivy Rival Princeton

Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich recorded her 12th multi-hit game of the season to lead Harvard to the three-game sweep of Princeton (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team (13-11, 6-3 Ivy) completed the season series sweep against Princeton (4-18, 2-4 Ivy) following a 9-3 win on Sunday afternoon.  It was the first time since 2015 the Crimson swept the Tigers.

Earning her ninth win of the season, junior left-hander Katie Duncan helped her own cause, launching her second homerun of the year to cap off a four-run fourth inning. In the circle, the northern New Jersey left-hander tossed four innings allowing three runs on six hits, while striking out one.

Princeton struck first, sending eight batters to the dish in the top of the first the Tigers took the 3-0 advantage. However, the Crimson answered. Chipping away at the deficit, Harvard scored nine unanswered runs, which included batting around in the four-run fourth inning.

Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich put the dagger in the come-from-behind victory with a three-run blast to right field in the bottom of the sixth. The southern California middle infielder recorded her 12th multi-hit game of the season, going two-for-three on the afternoon as she led the Crimson offense posting a .714 batting average (5-7) and a staggering 2.262 OPS (1.429 SLG%, .822 OBP).

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior left-hander Katie Duncan launched her second homerun of the season in the bottom of the fourth to help her to pick up her ninth win of the season.
  • Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich recorded her 12th multi-hit game, as she led the Crimson with a .714 batting average (5-7) and a 2.2.62 OPSB (1.429 SLG%, .822 OBP) in the series.
  • Junior second baseman Meagan Lantz began the scoring the Crimson with a solo shot in the bottom of the first.

What's Next
Harvard returns to the diamond on Tuesday afternoon with a road game against Boston University. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.