Softball Falls to Cornell, 3-2, In Ivy League Championship

Harvard finishes the season with a 26-21 regular-season record (Gil Talbot).

After a thrilling come from behind victory in game two of the Ivy League Championship series against Cornell on Friday, the Harvard softball team fell just short in game three as the Big Red claimed its fifth league title with a 3-2 win, Saturday at Niemand Robison Field.

The Crimson struck first, staking starting pitcher Margaux Black to a one-run lead after the first half-inning. Ellen Macadam led off the game with a single to left field and advanced to second on a Stephanie Krysiak sacrifice bunt. Melissa Schellberg singled to center, moving Macadam to third and she came home on a Jessica Ferri single to the shortstop. Cornell responded in the bottom of the third as Erin Keene led off with a single and Marissa Amiraian followed with a home run to right, giving the hosts a 2-1 lead after three.

The Crimson evened the score soon after as Whitney Shaw led off the fourth with a solo blast to left center, knotting the score at 2-2. The Big Red regained the lead in the bottom half of the inning as Amiraian knocked a bases-loaded infield single to put the Big Red back up by one, 3-2, heading into the fifth. Harvard managed two more hits in the final three innings, but Cornell pitcher Elizabeth Dalrymple was able to keep the Crimson runners from scoring, striking out three over the final three frames to seal the 3-2 win.

Black went the distance for the Crimson, allowing three runs on six hits while walking just one batter. Schellberg collected two hits on the day as Harvard totaled eight hits on the afternoon. Amiraian drove in all three runs for the Big Red and Dalrymple picked up a total of seven strikeouts in the victory.

Harvard finishes the season with a 26-21 regular-season record and claimed its third Ivy League North Division title in the four-year history of divisional play. Both the Crimson and Big Red had league-leading conference records of 17-3 on the year.