Kasey Lange stretched her hitting streak to 12 games with a single against the Red Raiders Monday (Photo: NCAA)
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – In its final day at the San Diego Classic II tournament, the Harvard softball team was on both ends of a pair of shutouts, besting Texas Tech, 6-0, in the first game of the day and falling to host San Diego State, 3-0, in the tournament finale Monday. The Crimson moves to 8-7 on the year with the pair of results.
Facing the Red Raiders for the first time since the 2012 NCAA Tournament, the Crimson showed solid pitching and defense en route to blanking Texas Tech for the second time in as many meetings. Junior hurler Laura Ricciardone was once again on point, firing the complete-game shutout, compiling three strikeouts and surrendering just three hits and no walks. She improves to 4-3 on the season with three of her victories coming via shutout.
The Crimson got the only run it would need in the bottom of the first, tallying a pair of hits in the inning. Emily Gusse reached base after being hit by a pitch and two fielders' choices and a single later, the Crimson had runners on first and second with two outs. Adrienne Hume put Harvard on the board with a single to center, plating Kasey Lange with the game's first run. The Crimson exploded for five runs in the fifth to truly put the game out of reach. Shelbi Olson pushed the score to 2-0 with an RBI groundout and Lange followed with an RBI single in the next at-bat to bring home Katherine Appelbe. An infield single from Hume brought in another run and Savannah Bradley's two-run single up the middle capped the scoring on the day for the Crimson in the win.
Hume and Bradley each collected a pair of RBI in the game and, with an RBI single in the fifth, Lange stretched her hitting streak to 12 games.
The Harvard offense was not able to piece together runs in the second game of the day, putting up six hits in a 3-0 defeat to San Diego State. The Aztecs got all three of their runs on the day via the long ball, with Kaitlin Connors hitting a two-run blast in the fifth, and Patrice Jackson adding a solo shot in the sixth. Freshman Taylor Cabe pitched well for the Crimson, going the distance and allowing just four hits and striking out five batters on the day. Katherine Lantz and Catherine Callaway each had a pair of hits for the Crimson in the loss.
Harvard will take Tuesday off from action and then play a doubleheader Wednesday against Bethune-Cookman and Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles, Calif.