The Crimson ended the day with an 11-3 rout of Princeton (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Sophomore Katherine Lantz hit a walk-off single to cap a 4-for-8 performance in which the infielder drove in three runs and scored to guide the Harvard softball team to a doubleheader split against Princeton on Friday afternoon at Soldiers Field. The Crimson (10-16, 3-3 Ivy) pelted the Tigers (19-10, 4-2 Ivy), 11-3, in a five-inning second game after falling, 4-1, in the opening contest.
Junior Kasey Lange registered three RBI and a run scored in a 2-for-7 outing, while senior Stephanie Regan (3-for-6, 4 runs), junior Shelbi Olson (3-for-6, 2 runs, RBI) and sophomore Emily Gusse (2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 RBI) all batted .500 on the day.
Freshman pitcher Jamie Halula (3-4) picked up the win for the Crimson. The Key Biscane, Fla., native allowed five hits, three runs and four walks in five innings of work. Classmate Morgan Groom (4-7) shouldered the loss for Harvard in game one, giving up seven hits, two walks and two earned runs in six innings.
Princeton's Alex Peyton (6-3) tossed a complete game to open the series with a win. Peyton fanned five batters, walked four and allowed six hits and one run during her time in the circle.
The Crimson snagged six hits and five runs from Liza Kuhn (5-4) in game two, before the senior pitcher was relieved by first-year Shanna Christian. The rookie hurler gave up six runs off six hits against 11 batters in one inning.
The tone for the second contest was set in the top of the first, when Crimson leftfielder Haley Davis made a diving grab to keep the Tigers off the bases. When Regan opened the frame for Harvard with a walk, Lantz smashed a shot to the wall in center to bring the runner around and put the Crimson on top, 1-0, in the first.
Harvard added three more runs in the third, 4-0. Olson drew a leadoff walk and moved to third after Lange's single up the middle and 4-6 fielder's choice. Gusse crushed a ball to right center to plate both runners, 3-0, before touching home herself following a wild pitch and another fielder's choice.
Princeton got on the board with two run in the fourth, 4-2, when Candy Button doubled to center field and plated her teammates that reached on a double to left center and drew a walk.
The Crimson answered with six runs in the bottom of the frame. Harvard loaded the bases for Lange to clear with a double to left center, 7-2. Lantz then drove in her teammate, 8-2, with a single to center and took second on a bobble by the outfield. Molly Tissenbaum was sent in to run for Lantz and made her way around when Gusse and Haley Davis put together singles, 9-2. Gusse capped the scoring at six runs, 10-2, when she snuck home as the Tiger's shortstop mishandled a play at second.
In the fifth, Alyssa Schmidt singled up the middle with a runner on second to buy Princeton some life with a run, 10-3.
Harvard ended the day when Lantz landed a blooper just inside the line past first and Regan, who had reached on a single and was advanced by Olson's sac bunt, kicked up chalk to win the game, 11-3.
The first game went scoreless into the fourth inning, when Princeton posted two runs using small ball. Nikki Chu reached on an error to open the stanza and was bumped up on a pair of bunts. Olson snagged a laser to right field on the next at-bat, but the relay was not in time to prevent the runner from scoring. With just the one out, The Tigers scored again, 2-0, on a hard-hit ball towards third.
Harvard allowed another run in the fourth, 3-0, when Peyton led off with a double to right center and her pinch runner came around on back-to-back singles.
Regan got the Crimson on the board in the sixth, 3-1, by knocking a double to left in the leadoff at-bat and working the bases when Olson delivered a blooper to center.
Harvard let in the final run, 4-1, in the seventh on a sac fly with the bases loaded.
Harvard resumes Ivy League play against Cornell, Saturday at home. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. A live video stream will be available through GoCrimson.com by clicking video. Live stats will also be available.