Softball Falls to Idaho State, 9-4; Downs Northern Illinois, 5-4

Pictured: Jessica Pledger helped Harvard to a 5-4 win over Northern Illinois.
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In the second day of the Amy S. Harrison Classic, the Harvard softball team (4-4) posted a 1-1 record, falling to Idaho State, 9-4, in the first game and coming back to top Northern Illinois, 5-4 in eight innings, in game two.

Harvard put up four runs in the top of first against the Bengals, drawing five walks in the inning and getting a bases-loaded single from Ellen Macadam to plate two runs. The Bengals responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning and four more in the bottom of the second to take a 6-2 lead after two. Idaho State manufactured one run in the third, fourth and fifth innings and pitcher Nora Maschue settled down to preserve the 9-4 final. Margaux Black took the loss on the mound for Harvard while Macadam, Mariel Sena and Melissa Schellberg all logged hits in the loss.

In the second game, Northern Illinois scored a run in the top of the first but Harvard answered with two of their own in the bottom half of the inning. Emily Henderson reached base via a one-out single and scored when Jessica Pledger drew a bases-loaded walk. Jessica Ferri drove in the second run with a bases-loaded single to short, putting Harvard up 2-1 after one.

NIU took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth but Harvard tied it in the bottom of the fourth. Macadam doubled to left field and scored on a Schellberg ground out and Whitney Shaw drove in Henderson with a two-out single. The score stayed tied through the seventh inning, but pinch runner Kassy Shiotani scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth, scoring on a fielder’s choice. Rachel Brown picked up her fourth win of the year, pitching four perfect innings of relief and striking out four.

Harvard wraps up its stay in Riverside Sunday with a 2:30 p.m., game against host UC Riverside.