CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team (15-16) suffered an 8-3 loss to Providence (13-22) on Tuesday afternoon in its final scheduled non-conference game of the season. Freshman pitcher Olivia Giaquinto made her second career start in the circle and pitched well early on for the Crimson. Sophomore shortstop Rhianna Rich went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored.
Giaquinto struck out six batters through the first 4 2/3 innings, but ran into trouble in the fifth inning, as Providence mounted a two-out rally with two runners on base, recording three straight (single, single, double) hits to take a 4-0 lead before Kathleen Duncan came on in relief to close out the inning.
Harvard responded in the bottom half of the inning, as Melissa Lacro and Jillian Leslie singled to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Dallas Hogan to put both runners in scoring position, Rich hit an opposite field double to left centerfield to make it 4-2.
Then Maddy Kaplan's hard hit ball was mishandled by the Providence shortstop, plating Rich from second base to make it a one-run game.
But Providence responded with another big inning, opening the frame with five straight hits, including a two-run home run from Nicole Lundstrom and a two-run triple from Vanessa Portillo to put the Friars up 8-3.
Harvard loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out on as Rich and Erin Lockhart singled after Isabelle Haugh was hit by a pitch to start the inning. But the Crimson failed to score in its final threat of the game.
Harvard will travel to Brown for doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday this weekend (April 22-23).
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