HONOLULU, HI – UConn scored a run in the top of seventh to force extra innings and added a run in the top of the eighth to top the Harvard softball team (8-9) by a score of 5-4 in the Rainbow Wahine Classic Saturday.
The Crimson concluded its 12-game, nine-day trip to California and Hawaii with a 5-7 mark.
Rihanna Rich went 3-for-4, while Erin Lockhart drove in two runs for Harvard.
The Huskies (9-14) scored three runs on five hits in the top of the third to grab a 3-0 advantage. Carli Cutler, who scored twice in the game, trotted home for the contest's first run on an RBI infield single by Valerie Sadowl. Later in the inning, Kiwi McDaniel scored after a throwing error by Nicki Nishizawa, and then Sadowl crossed the plate on a single by Ashlee Dahman.
In the bottom of the fourth, Lockhart got the Crimson on the scoreboard, 3-1, with a solo homer to center on a 2-2 count.
An inning later, Harvard loaded the bases with one out, and Lockhart walked on four-straight pitches, bringing home Dallas Hogan. Up next, Jillian Leslie drilled a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Rich, tying the game, 3-3.
In the sixth, Harvard grabbed a 4-3 lead. Chanel Varney, who entered the game as a pinch runner, advanced to a second on a sacrifice bunt by Nishizawa. After moving over to third on a wild pitch, Varney came home on RBI single to the shortstop off the bat of Rich.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, UConn tied the game on a single to right by Carissa Brizzi, as Cutler crossed the plate, making it 4-4.
In the eighth, Ryne Nakama hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Ally Hernandez to put the Huskies ahead, 5-4.