Softball Tops Villanova, Falls to UAB as Day Two of EMU Madeira Beach Invitational Wraps Up

Softball Tops Villanova, Falls to UAB as Day Two of EMU Madeira Beach Invitational Wraps Up

Harvard topped Villanova, 8-3, Saturday (Envision Sports Media).

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. – Harvard softball (2-1) posted eight runs for the second straight game to defeat Villanova (0-4), 8-3, in its first game of the day at Madeira Beach, but fell in the second game, 12-6, to UAB (8-5).

Harvard is 2-1 through the first three games and wraps up the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational Sunday against Texas State and Robert Morris.

Harvard 8, Villanova 3
For the second game in a row, the Harvard softball team put together a dominant fourth inning, using the six-run frame to down Villanova, 8-3, on day two of the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational.

The Crimson bats were on showcase against the Wildcats, pounding out 13 hits that included a 3-for-3 day from Catherine Callaway, as well as 2-for-4 outings by Zoe Galindo and Maddy Kaplan. In the circle, Taylor Cabe notched her first win of the season, striking out seven of the 20 batters she faced, while allowing just three hits.

Harvard took the early lead, plating a run in the top of the first. Emily Gusse drove in the Crimson's first run, doubling to bring home Katherine Lantz who reached on a fielder's choice.

Villanova turned around and put up three runs of its own in the bottom half of the first. Brittany Husk had the first RBI single for the Wildcats to even the contest and Stephanie Butler followed with one of her own, that included an unearned run on a Harvard error. The scoring gave Villanova a 3-1 lead that carried into the fourth frame.

In the fourth, the tides quickly changed in the Crimson's favor. Two Villanova errors and a Callaway single loaded the bases for Andrea Del Conte. The Rolling Hills Estates, California, native proceeded to rip a base-clearing triple to put the Crimson ahead, 4-3. Harvard wasted little time bolstering the lead, as two batters later Katherine Lantz slammed her first homer of the season for two more Harvard runs. Following Del Conte's lead, Haley Davis blasted a solo shot over the outfield wall to make it 7-3 game after the top of the fourth.

Cabe continued to blank the Wildcats over the next three innings, and the Crimson tacked on a final run in the seventh inning with Callaway doubling in Katherine Applebe to bring the final score to 8-3.

UAB 12, Harvard 6
Harvard softball suffered its first defeat of the 2015 campaign, dropping a 12-6 decision to UAB in the nightcap of day two of the EMU Madeira Beach Spring Invitational.

Harvard got on the board first, once again scoring in the opening inning. With two outs, Katherine Lantz went yard for the second time Saturday, this time a solo shot to give Harvard the initial advantage.

UAB fired right back in the top of the second inning, getting four runs to take a 4-1 lead. Ashley Johnson hit the first of two Blazers' homers, hers counting for two RBI. Heather Pearson followed with a solo shot and Sara Beth Williamson tallied the fourth RBI of the inning with a single to plate Caitlin Attfield.

The fourth inning saw UAB tack on four more runs. Kelly Britt's bunt single scored the first, preceding a two-run homer by Williamson and a sacrifice fly by Ashley Johnson. Williamson earned her fourth RBI of the game for the Blazers in the fifth, singling through the right side to make it a 9-1 lead.

A good defensive play by Zoe Galindo in center to rob Britt off another UAB long ball helped Harvard get out of the top of the fifth. In the bottom half, the Crimson cut into the deficit, scoring a pair of runs. Appelbe's triple to right center brought around Galindo who had walked to make it 9-2. A fielding error by the Blazers then allowed Appelbe to cross the plate, cutting the lead to six runs.

UAB recovered those two runs back and add another in the top of the seventh, getting home runs from Britt and Rachel Dunsford.

The Crimson would not go away without a fight. In the bottom of the seventh, Applebe drove in a pair of runs on a double to left center and Kaplan scored another with an RBI single, making it a 12-6 UAB lead. The Blazers were able to limit the comeback to those three runs though and handed Harvard its first loss of the season.

Harvard will close out its time at Madeira Beach Sunday, taking on Texas State at 11:30 a.m. and Robert Morris at 2 p.m.