CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- On the doubleheader day, Harvard softball (20-16, 13-4) clinched the series with back-to-back victories over Yale (15-27, 9-11 Ivy). The Crimson took the afternoon contest, 7-6, and followed with a 7-1 mark in the early evening contest.
Game 1; W, 7-6
Harvard quickly collected five runs and cycled through the lineup in its opening offensive frame for a commanding lead over the Bulldogs. Rhianna Rich began the inning with a walk and stole second two pitches before Trina Hoang tripled to center field and brought her in. Erin Lockhart kept the scoring drive going when she drove in an awaiting Hoang on a sacrifice fly to right. The Crimson saw three more runs from Morgan Melito, Meagan Lantz and Megan Welsh.
Yale struck in the top of the third and fifth for one run a piece, but the Harvard offense responded when Welsh drove the ball up the middle to bring in Melito in the bottom of the fifth. The Bulldogs tried to create a late-game comeback when they strung together back-to-back two-run innings, but Harvard's insurance run at the bottom of the sixth inning kept its victory alive.
Game 2; W, 7-1
In a similar fashion from the previous contest, Harvard collected a multi-run first inning. After a four-batter shut down top of the first, Rhianna Rich once again tallied a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a Trina Hoang single through the left side. With bases loaded Meagan Lantz was struck in the arm which forced Rich to cross the plate and give the lead to Harvard. The following batter, Megan Welsh, turned on the pitch to launch the ball over the left fielder's head and brought around a speedy Hoang and Melito.
The Crimson tallied another run from Kaitlyn Schiffhauer in the following inning while keeping the Bulldogs scoreless. After a scoring break in the third, Harvard went on to tally an unanswered run in three consecutive innings. In a near run rule situation, Yale managed to record one score in the top of the seventh but it was not enough to overcome the damage Harvard caused.
- Alissa Hiener tabbed her fifth save of the season during the second contest to tie the most saves in a season.
- Hitting cleanup, Elizabeth Shively went four-for-seven and a walk with an RBI while Megan Welsh also boasted a .571 batting average at the plate and four RBI's on the day.
- Lefty pitcher Katie Duncan tied her wins record of 14 with the 7-1 success.
Harvard closes out the series against Yale, tomorrow, Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m. Broadcast coverage will air on ESPN+.