Harvard dropped its first two games of the San Diego Classic II Friday (Envision Sports Media).
SANTEE, Calif. – The Harvard softball team played in a pair of tough games Friday to open the San Diego Classic II, but ultimately fell to Weber State and New Mexico State, 3-2 and 7-2, respectively.
WEBER STATE 3, HARVARD 2 (8 innings)
The Crimson (3-6) and Wildcats (15-9) duked it out in a pitcher's duel for the first five innings, but an extra-innings RBI single from Mackenzie Corta would give Weber State a 3-2 victory in Harvard's first game of the tournament.
Starting pitchers Laura Ricciardone and Sara Whitmer each tossed five scoreless innings, with Ricciardone allowing one less hit than Whitmer, 4-3, to keep the game scoreless.
With pitching changes in the circle for both teams, the sixth frame brought two runs home for both sides. Harvard got on the board first with a Catherine Callaway single to center field that plated Katherine Lantz. Katherine Appelbe came in to score Harvard's second run on an error by the Weber State second baseman.
Weber State came right back in the bottom of the sixth with two runs of its own. The first Wildcats' run crossed due to an error by the Harvard centerfielder and was followed up by Molly Horne's sacrifice fly to left center for the second run.
The seventh inning passed with neither team scoring, sending the game to extras tied at 2-2. After Weber State held Harvard scoreless in the top half of the inning, Corta knocked a single down the left field line to score Horne, giving the Wildcats a 3-2 victory.
Reliever Kirtlyn Bohling earned the win for Weber State, while Taylor Cabe incurred the loss for Harvard, falling to 1-3 on the year.
NEW MEXICO STATE 7, Harvard 2
The Aggies (19-11) jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top half of the first and held on for a 7-2 victory in the nightcap against Harvard.
Maddy Kaplan led the Harvard offense, going 2-for-4 in the game, but New Mexico State outhit the Crimson, 12-6.
The scoring started with a two–RBI single through the left side by Fiana Finau. Malena Padilla, Lacey Rother and Brennalyn Nakamura continued the scoring with RBI's of their own, making it a 5-0 ballgame before Harvard first turn at the dish.
New Mexico St. notched its sixth run in the top of the second on a Padilla RBI-single and then made it a 7-0 game in the top of the fourth with a solo homer from Staci Rodriguez.
Harvard tallied its first two runs in the bottom of the fourth with a Haley Davis bomb that scored Katherine Appelbe.
The home runs marked the end of the scoring for both teams, as New Mexico St. closed out the 7-2 victory.
Harvard is back in action Saturday, taking on Santa Clara and San Jose State. The game against Santa Clara is scheduled for first pitch at 7:30 p.m. EST, with the San Jose State matchup to follow at 10 p.m.