NEW YORK – Junior third baseman Erin Lockhart blasted a solo homerun over the left field fence to open the sixth inning as Harvard softball (15-12, 8-4 Ivy) took the rubber game of the three-game series with Columbia (13-16, 6-6 Ivy), 3-1, on Saturday afternoon.
It was a pitcher's duel between Harvard starter Olivia Giaquinto and Columbia right-hander Erin Gallo in the early innings. No player from either side reached third base through the first four innings, but in the top of the fifth the Crimson finally jumped on the board, taking advantage of a Lions defensive error.
With runners at the corners, junior center fielder Kaitlyn Schiffhauer drove a deep fly ball to straight-away center field to bring home pinch runner, Isabelle Haugh with the game's first run. It was a short-lived lead as Columbia came back to tie the game at one, scoring once in the home half of the frame.
In the top of the sixth, Lockhart drove a 2-0 offering from Columbia reliever Madison Canby into deep left field and when it came down, Harvard had the 2-1 advantage. An inning later, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich provided the Crimson with an insurance run launching her second homerun of the season to increase the lead 3-1.
It was plenty to give junior right-hander Sarah Smith her third win of the season, tossing 3.1 innings allowing one run on one hit.
- Junior third baseman Erin Lockhart broke a 1-1 tie with a solo homerun in the top of the sixth inning
- Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich slugged her second homerun of the season, adding an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
- Junior right-hander Sarah Smith earned the win, improving to 3-0 on the season after tossing 3.1 innings in relief.
Harvard breaks from Ivy action travel to Providence on Thursday April 12. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.