CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- The Harvard softball team (20-17, 13-5 Ivy) dropped its single game contest against Yale (16-27, 10-11 Ivy), 7-5, in a late-game fashion. The Crimson is tied for first in the standings with Columbia, but holds the tiebreaker with one weekend of play left.
The Bulldogs found their way on the scoreboard in the first frame as they recorded two runs on four hits and continued to add another score in the following inning. Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the second, Harvard chipped away to record its first run on an RBI single up the middle from Meagan Lantz which brought in Elizabeth Shively.
While keeping Yale silent for four consecutive innings, Harvard collected another run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo homerun from Meagan Lantz before unleashing an additional three in the fifth. Beginning with back-to-back singles to center field from Elizabeth Shively and Erin Lockhart, Morgan Melito collected an RBI of her own to force a Bulldogs pitching change. Once again Lantz struck an RBI on a bunt to third before stealing second which allowed Melito to cross the plate and extend the Crimson's lead, 5-3, entering the sixth.
Despite the two-run gap, Yale scrounged up four runs in the top of the seventh to overcome its prior deficit, which remained unanswered as Harvard fell, 7-5.
- Senior Meagan Lantz captured a 1.000 batting average with a homerun, a stolen base and brought in three of the five runs on the day.
- Morgan Melito tabbed the other RBI of the day in addition to recording a stolen base.
- Harvard remains at the top of the standings with its 13-5 Ivy record alongside Columbia.
Harvard concludes the regular season at home while competing for a postseason slot, May 4-5, beginning at 12:30 p.m. in addition to honoring the class of 2019. ESPN+ will air all three contests.