Ferri’s Bases-Loaded Double Gives Harvard Softball Split Against Brown

Ferri ranks third on the Crimson with eight doubles (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Jessica Ferri delivered a tiebreaking three-run double with two out in the bottom of the sixth inning to lift the Harvard softball team to a 4-1 win against Brown in the second game of the Crimson's first Ivy League North Division doubleheader Sunday afternoon at Soldiers Field. Brown won the first game, 1-0.

Margaux Black, one of six Harvard players honored in Senior Day festivities before the doubleheader, won the second game with four innings of one-hit, shutout relief. Julia Moore allowed just one run on four hits, striking out, in the first three innings. Liz DiMascio gave up four runs on three hits and six walks for the Bears (15-16, 3-7 Ivy League).

Ferri's big hit broke a 1-1 tie. Stephanie Krysiak led off the inning with a single deep into the shortstop hole and was thrown out trying to score on a pitch in the dirt, but Jennifer Francis, Whitney Shaw and Melissa Schellberg all walked and scored on Ferri's line-drive shot off the outstretched glove of Brown leftfielder Sandra Mastrangelo.

The Crimson (16-19, 7-3) got on the board first earlier in the game, when Shaw led off the second inning with a single. Kassy Shiotani ran for Shaw and later scored on a passed ball. The Bears answered in the following frame, when Amanda Asay singled in Andrea Browne to tie the game at 1-1.

The opening game was a pitcher's duel between the Crimson's Rachel Brown and Kristie Chin of Brown. Chin improved to 9-2 by limiting the Crimson to three hits and two walks while striking out two. Rachel Brown fell to 10-5 despite fanning 10 Bears and walking just one while surrendering six hits.

Rachel Brown struck out the side to strand Katie Rothamel on second after a double to lead off the top of the sixth inning, but the Bears took advantage of another scoring chance in the seventh. Asay led off the frame with a single inside the third-base bag. Pinch runner Danielle Commissiong later scored from second when Mastrangelo sent a single to left.

Harvard's best chance of the game came in the fifth, when Jessica Pledger's bid for a two-run home run hooked outside the foul pole in left. Pledger went on to draw a walk, but Chin escaped the jam by retiring two Crimson batters.

The start of the twinbill, was postponed by a day and then delayed two hours Sunday. The teams meet again for two more games Monday afternoon.