PHILADELPHIA, Penn.- The Harvard softball team captured its first Ivy League win of the 2019 season over Penn, 8-7. The Crimson moves to 1-0 in conference and 7-10 overall.
Harvard wasted no time taking advantage of the score-first opportunity when Rhianna Rich worked the count in her favor for the lead-off walk before Trina Hoang sent a frozen rope to left-center to bring around a speedy Rich for the first run of the game. Meagan Lantz then singled up the middle to advance Hoang just 60 feet away from the plate. The scoring drive continued when Morgan Melito brought in the pair with a single to the right field corner for a 3-0 before the Quakers answered back with a 5-run rally.
The offensive for the Crimson struck again during the top of the third for one run off a RBI-grounder from Shively to bring in Melito who reached base on a walk. Once again, Penn answered back with two runs of their own, however, for the remainder of the game Grace Krantz and the rest of the defense left them scoreless.
With three innings remaining to cut the deficit, Harvard's offense put together two runs each in the top of the fifth and sixth. Harvard garnered the go-ahead run in the sixth when first-year Teagan Shaw brought in Lantz, who reached base with a RBI-single to left, with her own RBI-single up the middle. The Crimson defense proved strong as it held on to the one-run lead to the end.
- Senior Meagan Lantz went three-for-four with one RBI and two stolen bases.
- First-year Grace Krantz collected her first conference win and fourth of her career and allowing only four hits.
- First-year Teagan Shaw continues to keep her hit-streak alive, recording at least one per game for the past five games.
The series against Penn continues tomorrow Sunday, March 24 with the double header beginning at 12 p.m.