Softball Seals Regular Season With Series Sweep of Dartmouth

Pictured: Harvard will take on Cornell for the Ivy League title next weekend.
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot

The Harvard softball team wrapped up its regular season schedule with a sweep of Dartmouth, downing the Big Green, 7-1 and 6-5 (8), Sunday afternoon in an Ivy League North doubleheader. The Crimson ends the regular season with an overall record of 26-21 and an Ivy North-best mark of 17-3 while Dartmouth ends its season with a 14-27 overall record and an 11-9 mark in Ivy play.      

Four runs in the top of the third gave the Crimson all the offense it needed in game one, thanks to two long-balls in the inning. Ellen Macadam started the frame with a solo shot to left center and after Whitney Shaw walked and Jessica Ferri singled to left, Jennifer Francis belted a homer to right center to give the hosts a four-run cushion. Shaw and Ferri picked up run-scoring base-hits in the next frame to up the Harvard lead to 6-0 and Olivia Piccione singled home Jessica Pledger in the fifth for Harvard's seventh run.

Julia Moore went the distance for the Crimson, earning her fifth win of the season. The sophomore scattered five hits and allowed just one run over seven innings, striking out four in the process. Macadam went 3 for 4 from the plate with two runs scored and an RBI while Francis led the team with three RBI on the game. Shaw and Ferri each collected two hits in game one.

The Big Green bats showed up early in game two as the hosts plated three runs in the first, thanks in part to a Leigha Clarkson two-run home run. Melissa Schellberg started the scoring for the Crimson in the second game, scoring Jane Alexander on a single to right in the Harvard fifth. Down 3-1 entering the final frame, Harvard plated four runs to grab a 5-3 lead going into Dartmouth's final at-bat. Mari Zumbro led off with a double and pinch-runner Kassy Shiotani scored on the ensuing Alexander double. Macadam plated Alexander with an RBI single and Shaw blasted a two-run shot to center to help Harvard to the late lead. Dartmouth knotted the score with two runs in the bottom of the seventh, but Zumbro struck again with an RBI single in the top of the eighth and Margaux Black held the Big Green hitless to seal the 6-5 win.

Black picked up the win for Harvard, her fifth of the season, going four innings and allowing just two runs on three hits. Shaw finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI while Zumbro and Alexander also picked up a pair of hits in the win.

As the Ivy League North Division champion, the Crimson earns a berth in the Ivy League Championship where it will face Cornell in Ithaca, N.Y., in a best-of-three series, beginning Saturday.