CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- For the second-straight year, the Harvard softball team (23-17, 16-5 Ivy) captured the Ivy League title after collecting a 9-1 against the Cornell Big Red (10-36, 5-16 Ivy). With the victory, the Crimson will host the Ivy League Playoff series this Friday and Saturday with broadcast coverage on ESPN+.
As it has done throughout the season, the Crimson made quick work to cross the plate in the bottom of the first inning. Rhianna Rich laced one through the right side for the leadoff single before advancing 60 feet on the pitch. Shortly after, Erin Lockhart worked the count to reach base on a walk, allowing Meagan Lantz to bring in the pair for the early two-run lead.
Just one inning later after the Big Red managed to tally one score, first-year Megan Welsh resumed the offensive strike with a double to the left field wall, followed by a Rich walk. Cornell was forced to switch pitchers, but Erin Lockhart continued to attack when she drilled a single up the middle to bring in Welsh. Two batters and a run on a pass ball later, Trina Hoang singled through the right side as another run crossed the plate. Harvard continued the onslaught with another run to make the score, 7-1, heading into the third.
Now in for relief, Alissa Heiner left the Big Red scoreless for the remaining three innings as she tallied two strikeouts and allowed just one run. With the pitching efforts in the circle, Harvard notched its second run-rule victory of the series as first-year Mackenzie Tyler collected her first collegiate hit before Erin Lockhart brought her in for the walk-off victory in five innings, 9-1.
- First-year Trina Hoang tallied a 1.000 batting average and on base percentage as she recorded two hits, two RBI's and a walk.
- Second baseman Meagan Lantz drove in three of the nine Harvard runs in addition to going two-for-three a run and a double. The senior recorded a double in each of the games against the Big Red.
- Mackenzie Tyler recorded her first collegiate hit with the Crimson in addition to the winning walk off run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
- The Crimson forced the run rule into effect in two of the three games against the Big Red and 15 total occasions this season.
The Crimson will host the Ivy League Championship series this Friday and Saturday, May 10-11, with start times slated for 1:30 p.m. Should Harvard clinch the automatic qualifier in the three games series against Columbia, the Crimson await its fate with the NCAA Selection show on Sunday, May 12 at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.