Wednesday Split As Softball Tops Bethune-Cookman, 9-4, Falls to Loyola Marymount, 6-3

Wednesday Split As Softball Tops Bethune-Cookman, 9-4, Falls to Loyola Marymount, 6-3

Adrienne Hume had an RBI double in the 9-4 win over Bethune-Cookman (Gil Talbot).

In its fourth day of action on its 2014 spring break trip, the Harvard softball team went 1-1, downing Bethune-Cookman, 9-4, in the first game of the day and dropping a 6-3 final to Loyola Marymount in the nightcap. The Crimson moves to 9-8 with the pair of results.

A trio of three-run innings did the trick for the Crimson in the first game of the day against Bethune-Cookman, helping Harvard to a commanding 9-4 win. Harvard wasted little time getting on the board as it pushed three runs across in its first at-bat. Katherine Lantz and Emily Gusse smacked consecutive one-out singles and Kasey Lange brought in Lantz with an RBI single to right. Adrienne Hume was next up and she easily plated Gusse with a double to left field, staking Harvard to a 2-0 lead. Catherine Callaway ushered the third run across with an RBI groundout to stake sophomore Morgan Groom to a 3-0 lead before throwing her first pitch.

The third inning saw three more Harvard runs come in, the first one via a bases-loaded walk to Callaway with one out in the frame. Classmate Lindsey Hagberg followed with an RBI single in the next at-bat and an error by the centerfielder allowed a second run to come home on the play. In the sixth inning, Lantz rapped an RBI single to left field and Lange roped a two-run double to right, her third hit of the game, to push the Harvard lead to 9-0. A two-run double and a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth showed Bethune-Cookman still had some fight in it, but reliever Gabrielle Ruiz pitched around a pair of hits in the seventh to wrap up the 9-4 win.

Lange finished the contest 3 for 3 with three RBI and a pair of runs scored to lead the Harvard offense. Lantz collected two hits and scored three runs while Callaway picked up a pair of RBI for the Crimson. Groom was credited with the win, pitching five innings and fanning nine batters. Ruiz scattered three hits in two innings of work and recorded three K's.      

LMU set the tone early in Game 2, putting up four runs in the bottom of the first inning thanks to a grand slam off the bat of Amanda Dirks. Harvard managed one hit each in the second and third innings, but could not muster any runs in the first half of the contest. The Crimson did its damage in the top of the fifth when Katherine Appelbe reached on an error and Shelbi Olson and Katherine Lantz recorded back-to-back singles to load the bases. Three straight fielders' choices saw three runs come across before a strikeout ended the inning. The one-run deficit was short-lived, however, as LMU plated two more runs on a single and an error to stretch the lead to 6-3. Harvard managed a hit each in the sixth and seventh, but was unable to bring any more runs home.

Olson and Lange had a pair of hits each in the game while Laura Ricciardone was tagged with the loss, going five innings and striking out three.

Harvard begins play at the Cal State Northridge Tournament Thursday with a single game against host Cal State Northridge.