Pictured: Margaux Black
earned the win in game two against Yale.
Photo Courtesy: DSPics.com
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After a strong pitching performance from Rachel Brown in game one, the Harvard softball team plated 10 runs in the seventh inning of game two to sweep Yale in an Ivy League doubleheader Saturday afternoon. Harvard moves to .500 for the first time since March 5 with a 20-20 overall record to go along with an 11-3 conference mark. Yale slips to 4-10 in conference action with the pair of losses.
The Crimson and the Bulldogs will finish the series Tuesday, April 27 after a two-day weather delay caused for Sunday's and Monday's scheduled games.
Ellen Macadam got Harvard on the board in the third inning of game one, stealing home to give the guests a 1-0 lead. Jessica Ferri's two-run homer helped the Crimson plate four in the inning and Harvard added single runs in the fifth and seventh to total six for the game. Brown kept the Bulldog hitters at bay, allowing no runs and just one base hit, a single in the bottom of the seventh, while striking out 16 Bulldogs.
Macadam and Whitney Shaw finished the game with two hits each while Ferri's two RBI was a team-high in game one.
The hosts took a 1-0 lead in the third inning of game two and added two more in the fourth thanks to a pair of RBI doubles. Down 3-0 with one out in the top of the seventh, Harvard erupted for 10 runs on seven hits to take a commanding 10-3 lead. Melissa Schellberg, Shaw and Ferri all had RBI hits in the inning and Macadam capped the inning with a bases-loaded double that plated three runs for Harvard.
Six players on the Crimson roster logged an RBI in game two, led by Macadam's three to go along with a 3 for 5 showing from the plate. Jessica Pledger finished the game with two hits and Ferri matched her game-one performance with two runs batted in. Margaux Black earned the win for the guests, pitching 3.2 innings of relief and allowing two runs on five hits, while Julia Moore was strong in her 2.1 innings of work to start the contest.