Stephanie Regan notched a pair of hits in the loss to Bryant Tuesday (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – A nine-run fifth inning proved to be the difference as the Harvard softball team dropped its home opener, 15-6, to Bryant Tuesday at Soldiers field. With the loss, Harvard falls to 12-7 on the year while the Bulldogs move to 6-14 this season.
The Bulldogs jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. A walk a and a pair of wild pitches put a runner on third with two outs and Katherine Lantz just missed snaring a line drive between first and second, allowing the guests to plate the first run of the day. The Crimson responded in the bottom of the third as a hit batsman, a fielder's choice and a single loaded the bases with no outs. Jane Alexander and Camilla Gibson came home to give Harvard a 2-1 lead when Kasey Lange hit into an error by the shortstop.
Harvard took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth when Katherine Appelbe plated Andrea Del Conte on a fielder's choice, extending the Crimson lead to two runs. The next half inning proved to be the deciding frame in the game as six walks, a pair of hits and two errors allowed Bryant to score nine runs in the frame to take a commanding 10-3 lead. The Bulldogs added three more in the top of the sixth, taking advantage of a hit, an error and a walk to stretch their lead to 13-3 after five and a half innings.
The Crimson offense picked up in the bottom of the sixth as singles from Allison Scott and Kasey Lange helped Harvard plate a trio of runs to cut the deficit to seven at 13-6 heading into the seventh inning. Two more hits led to two more runs for the Bulldogs in the top half of the inning, and Harvard was unable to respond, sealing the 15-6 final.
Alexander and Stephanie Regan finished the game with a pair of hits each while Alexander recorded two RBI in the loss. Rachel Brown absorbed just her third loss of the season in the circle for Harvard, moving her record to 7-3 on the season.
Harvard kicks off Ivy League play this weekend as it travels to Cornell Friday for a doubleheader, and finishes its weekend slate with a twinbill at Princeton Saturday.