FULLERTON, Calif.- The Harvard softball team improves to 6-4 on the season after capturing a 4-3 victory in its evening contest over Cal State Fullerton (16-10) on March 15.
After three scoreless innings of play, the Crimson crossed the plate first off a three-run scoring drive in top of the fourth. Kaitlyn Schiffhauer led off with a walk to begin the Crimson offensive attack before Teagan Shaw brought her in with an RBI double to left-center. One batter later, Morgan Melito took a bomb over the left field fence to add two more to the scoreboard for a 3-0 Crimson lead.
The Titans responded by stringing two hits together for a score of their own and moving into the fifth inning trailing, 3-1. The Crimson picked up where it left off in the fourth as Schiffhauer walked yet again before another drive to the left side from Shaw. Erin Lockhart forced Cal State Fullerton to switch pitchers when she singled down the left field line, bringing around Schiffhauer and moving Shaw within scoring position.
Maintaining a strong lead, the combination of Katie Duncan and the defense kept the Titans hitless in the bottom of the fifth, but broke through in the bottom of the sixth, inching closer yet still trailing, 4-3. Securing a Crimson win, Heiner struck out the lead-off batter and let her defense collect the final two outs for a three up-three down game winning seventh inning.
- Morgan Melito notched her second home run of the season while going one-for-three with a two-RBI home run.
- Alissa Heiner collected the save for the Crimson after shutting down the Titans offense in the sixth and seventh innings and recording two strikeouts.
- Adding back-to-back hits, Teagan Shaw improves to a .429 batting average on the season.
The Crimson resumes action today, March 16 with a double header against the College of Charleston at 3:30 followed by Iowa State at 6:30 EST.