Softball Collects Series Victory in Split Day With Princeton

Photo by: Nick Allen
Photo by: Nick Allen

PRINCETON, N.J.-  In the doubleheader day, the Harvard softball team (18-16, 11-4 Ivy) picked up its second win to clinch its series over Princeton (13-21, 9-6 Ivy). Harvard captured game one, 8-7, but fell later in game three, 7-4. 

Game 1; W, 8-7
In a similar theme to yesterday's contest, the Crimson crossed the plate first when Rhianna Rich began the day with a leadoff triple down the right field line. Two batters later, Erin Lockhart was hit by a pitch before she and Rich advanced 60 feet in a double steal. Harvard tallied another run on an Elizabeth Shively  centerfield single to bring in Lockhart from third.

After a short three inning scoring rest, Harvard responded to a Tiger run in the bottom of the fourth with four of its own during the top of the fifth. After working the count for a two-out walk, Trina Hoang stole second. Shortly following, Schiffhauer caused a Princeton fielding error with which Hoang utilized her speed to cross home plate to extend the Crimson's lead. Throughout the half-inning attack, Harvard saw Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, Erin Lockhart and Morgan Melito add tallies to the scoreboard on a two-out rally.

Princeton turned the momentum in its favor when the Tigers reorded a four-run counter attack, but still trailed, 6-5. Throughout the remainder of the contest, both teams would continue to counter the others' efforts, but Harvard maintained the one-run difference in order to capture the series victory with its 8-7 afternoon win.

Game 2; L, 7-4
In the final meeting of the day, Harvard struggled to break through Princeton's defense for five straight innings as the Tigers' tallied one run in the third followed by four more in the bottom of the fourth. At the top of the fifth, Elizabeth Shively kicked off the offensive rally when she singled up the middle. Teagan Shaw then blasted a two-run home run over the left field wall to minimize the difference. Two batters later, Meagan Lantz tallied a left field home run of her own to put the Crimson just two away from the Tigers.

An inning later, in the bottom of the sixth, Princeton doubled the scoring difference before Harvard's Shaw led off the top of the seventh with another home run to left-center. Despite placing two more runners on base, the Crimson could not create a last minute comeback and fell in the final matchup of the day.

Harvard Highlights

  • In the first game of the day, Elizabeth Shively recorded a team-high three hits during her four-plate appearances with an RBI.
  • Meagan Lantz and Morgan Melito each recorded a pair of RBI's in the 8-7 win in game one.
  • First-year Teagan Shaw fired back-to-back homeruns in her final two at bats in game two.

Up Next
The Crimson returns to Soldiers Field for the remaining two series of the season. This weekend, April 27-28, Harvard will host Yale with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m. Game three will begin the following day with another 12:30 p.m. start. Broadcast coverage for all contests will air on ESPN+.