WASHINGTON, D.C.- The Harvard women's softball team (5-4) collected wins over Saint Joseph's, 6-5, and Howard, 11-2, on its final day in the nation's capital.
Game 1 vs. Saint Joseph's; W, 6-5
In the morning contest against Saint Joseph's, the Crimson took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Beginning with a Rhianna Rich walk followed by a double by Kaitlyn Schiffhauer to set the stage, Teagan Shaw brought in Rich for the first Crimson score after singling to third. The offensive drive continued with bases loaded as Saint Joseph's walked Morgan Melito, forcing Schiffhauer to cross the plate.
Throughout the second and third inning, the Hawks inched their way back for a tie ball game at two. Megan Welsh single-handedly put the Crimson back on top after launching one over the fence, but the Hawks came up with two more runs in the bottom of the fourth. Harvard climbed back on top when Rich bunted and used her speed to leadoff in the fifth. With runners in scoring position and Trina Hoang at the plate, a single to the center allowed Rich to come in for the tie run. Schiffhauer later scored on a Shively groundball, giving Harvard a two-run lead. The strong Crimson defense held off the Hawks for the remainder of the game to secure a victory.
Game 2 vs. Howard; W, 11-2
Carrying its momentum into the final game of the tournament, Harvard once again scored first for a 1-0 lead. Meagan Lantz began the inning with a walk before swiping two extra bases, allowing Schiffhauer to bring her around on a ground ball to first base. The following inning, Welsh drilled a shot down the right field line to a leadoff triple before Brianna Jewett notched an RBI double to center field. Another double from Trina Hoang capped the scoring drive for the inning as the Crimson entered the third ahead, 3-0.
Howard notched two scores in the top of the third, which Harvard countered with its own. The Crimson shut the Bison out for the remainder of the game, while three more scores, including a two-run homer from Shaw, in the bottom of the fifth. Adding two runs to the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth, a single RBI from Isabelle Haugh forced the eight-run mercy rule into effect to conclude the game.
- First-year Teagan recorded her second homerun in two weekends of play and went 2-3 in the 11-2 victory over Howard.
- Senior Kaitlyn Schiffhauer tabbed another .500 game against Saint Joseph's.
- In her six innings of play, senior Katie Duncan collected four strikeouts.
Harvard takes a hiatus as it prepares for a west coast spring break venture, taking on teams from Cal State Fullerton, College of Charleston, Iowa State, DePaul, Long Beach State, Boise State and Loyola Marymount from March 15-19.