WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Harvard women's softball team split on the first day of the District Classic hosted by Georgetown. In its first game, the Crimson bested Bucknell in an 11th inning 9-8 decision before being tripped up by Georgetown, 3-0.
Game 1 vs. Bucknell: W, 9-8 (11 Innings)
The Crimson opened up tournament play against Bucknell, overcoming 11 full innings for a 9-8 victory. Harvard wasted no time getting its offense to work, putting four runs on the scoreboard as Erin Lockhart smashed a grand slam over the fence to bring around Rhianna Rich, Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and Teagan Shaw in the bottom of the first inning. The Bison answered back with two runs of their own in the top of the second to inch closer to Harvard, before the Crimson tossed another score onto the board from an RBI-double by Schiffhauer.
Harvard picked up its offensive attack in the bottom of the fifth with a homer from Shaw to extend the lead to 6-3. Despite the insurance runs, Bucknell saw three players cross the plate in the top of the sixth to close the gap and create a tie ball game. Both sides remained scoreless, forcing extra innings until Bucknell added two more scores. Once again, the Crimson immediately answered with two more runs caused by an Elizabeth Shively RBI double followed up with a Meagan Lantz RBI double. The extra inning battle finally came to halt in the bottom of the 11th as Melito's RBI single brought in Trina Hoang for the game winning run.
Game 2 vs. Georgetown: L, 3-0
After a thrilling 11 inning contest, the Crimson moved onto it next opponent, host Georgetown. The Bulldogs quickly got on the board after a double and two singles. Until the fifth inning both sides were kept scoreless, as the Bulldogs notched an RBI double. Throughout the remainder of the contest the Crimson struggled break through Georgetown's defense and fell 3-0.
- Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and Meagan Lantz collected two doubles in the 9-8 win over Bucknell. Schiffhauer is second on the team with a .333 batting average.
- Against Bucknell, Katie Duncan recorded seven strikeouts and received the win.
- Teagan Shaw leads the team with two home run, slugging percentage of .909 and a .364 batting average.
The Crimson continues play in the District Classic, tomorrow Sunday, March 3 with a morning contest against Howard at 10 a.m. before concluding with a 12:30 p.m. matchup against Saint Joseph's.