Softball Concludes Season After Loss to Colorado State in NCAA Tournament

Photo Courtesy of Ivy League
Photo Courtesy of Ivy League

TUCSON, Ariz.- On day two of NCAA Regional play, the Harvard softball team wrapped up its season after a 6-0 loss to Colorado State at Rita Hillenbrand Stadium. The Crimson finished the year with a 25-19 record, while going 16-5 against its Ancient Eight opponents for the program's best mark since 2016. In total, Harvard recorded 220 runs, a .287 batting average, a .365 on base percentage, 23 homeruns, 135 strikeouts and 71 stolen bases.

What began as a battle from the circle, each pitcher kept their counterparts at bay through five scoreless innings until Colorado State crossed the plate in the sixth. Prior to, the Crimson struck in the top of the third when first-year Teagan Shaw singled up the middle, followed by an Erin Lockhart walk. Despite runners on the corners, Harvard entered the bottom of the third tied, 0-0.

The Rams broke the scoreless streak in the bottom of the sixth when the team sprung a two-out rally and connected singles from three batters before a base-clearing triple from Ashley Ruiz. Colorado State secured the win after the final three Harvard outs.

Harvard says goodbye to its six seniors who have left their mark in the record books. In the circle, Katie Duncan now ranks among the top-10 in career saves, wins, appearances, games started, complete games, innings pitched and strikeouts. Additionally, she holds a top-10 single-season most wins, appearances, games started and innings pitched. Alongside Duncan, Meagan Lantz, Erin Lockhart and Rhianna Rich collectively rank in nearly each Crimson hitting category. 

Harvard Highlights

  • First-year Trina Hoang recorded one of Harvard's three hits and its only double of the game.
  • Lefty pitcher Katie Duncan capped off her Crimson career by adding four more strikeouts to her extraordinary time in the circle. Over her four years, she tallied 42 wins, 260 strikeouts, a 3.32 ERA, 111 appearances and 463.1 innings pitched.
  • The Crimson's 71 stolen bases ranks 28th in the nation.
  • The senior class is the only group to lead the Crimson to an Ivy League Playoff appearance all four years of its career.