Jane Alexander collected a double against San Diego State Thursday (Gil Talbot).
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – The San Diego Classic II Tournament kicked off Thursday and the Harvard softball team fell against Wisconsin, 7-4, and San Diego State, 4-3, in its first two games of the event. Despite the two losses, the Crimson remains above .500 at 7-6 on the season.
In Harvard's second meeting with Wisconsin this season, the Crimson was again unable to figure out the Badgers in a high-scoring affair. Wisconsin jumped out to a big lead, taking advantage of three Harvard errors to plate four runs in the bottom of the first, and added three more in the second with a pair of RBI hits. Harvard began chipping away in the top of the third, capitalizing on a trio of Badger errors to put up three runs.
Kasey Lange reached base on an error, Stephanie Regan singled to left center and Allison Scott reached on a fielder's choice to load the bases for Harvard with no outs. Jane Alexander ripped a single bringing home Lange and Regan came in on a throwing error. Shelbi Olson put the ball in play in the next at-bat and Scott came home on an error by the third baseman to put the score at 7-3 after four full innings. Harvard tacked on one more run in the sixth when Lange plated Olson with an RBI single up the middle. Lange, Regan and Olson all finished the game with a pair of hits and rookie Laura Ricciardone took the loss in the circle, picking up six strikeouts and allowing just one walk in six innings.
Against San Diego State, pitching ruled the early innings as both teams put up zeros through three. The Aztecs broke through in the top of the fourth, taking a 1-0 lead on a homerun to lead off the inning. Harvard had a quick response, taking the lead in the bottom half of the frame. Ellen Macadam led off the inning with a single, Ashley Heritage walked and Lange reached on a error to load the bases with one out. Regan was next up and she poked a two-run single to center, staking the Crimson to a 2-1 lead.
The Aztecs put up a pair of runs in the sixth inning and another run in the seventh, putting Harvard in a 4-2 hole heading into its last at-bat. Alexander started the inning with a double and came around to score on a fielding error by the first baseman. However, the final two Harvard batters went down swinging, giving Harvard its second loss of the day.
Regan led the Crimson with a pair of RBI on the day while Alexander, Macadam and Heritage all scored in the game. Rachel Brown took the loss for Harvard, going seven innings and striking out 11 while allowing just six hits and one earned run. Macadam stretched her hitting streak to 12 games with a base hit in each game Thursday.
The Crimson continues play at the San Diego Classic II this evening when it takes on Ohio at 5 p.m. (8 p.m. EST) and Ohio State at 7:30 p.m. (10:30 EST).