Katherine Lantz had six hits over two game Wednesday (Envision Sports Media).
LOS ANGELES - The Harvard softball team (4-10) began the second part of its California spring break trip with its first of six games at Loyola Marymount Wednesday. Buffalo handed the Crimson a 10-7 loss in the first game of the day, but Harvard bounced back and defeated host LMU, 5-3.
Buffalo 10, Harvard 7
Lead-off hitter Katherine Lantz went 3-for-3, with a homer, and scored twice and Katherine Appelbe was 3-for-4 at the dish with three runs scored, but it wasn't enough as Buffalo took a 10-7 decision.
Lantz got the Crimson out to an early advantage, rocketing a solo shot over the left center wall in the bottom of the first. Harvard tacked on another run before the end of the frame when Emily Gusse's fielder's choice plated Appelbe.
The Bulls recovered in the top of the second, with four unearned runs coming across home plate. An error allowed Buffalo's first run to score, with singles from Savanna Norcio and Hayley Barrow driving in the next three runs to make it a 4-2 ballgame.
Buffalo's first earned run came around to score in the top of the third when Leandra Jew knocked an RBI single down the right field line.
Trailing 5-2, Harvard clawed back to within one with RBI singles from Gusse's and Melissa Lacro. Gusse brought home Appelbe with a hard-hit double to center, with Lacro following up with a single down the right field line that scored Rachel Halperin.
Buffalo got those two runs back and added another in the fourth when Lauren Gambone hit a three-run homer to left center. The Bulls tacked on two more runs, one in the fifth and seventh, to make it 10-4 with Harvard's last turn at the plate coming.
Maddy Kaplan started the Crimson's rally with a sacrifice fly that Giana Panareillo tagged up on. Appelbe was at it again, double home Lantz to make it 10-6. A fielding error by the Bulls' shortstop made it a three-run deficit, but it's as close as Harvard would get with Buffalo closing out the 10-7 victory.
Harvard 5, LMU 3
Laura Ricciardone earned her second win of the season, tossing five innings and allowing three runs and Taylor Cabe earned her first save with two scoreless innings, helping Harvard to a 5-3 victory over LMU.
For the second game in a row, Lantz talked three hits, as did Callaway, who also knocked in three runs.
The second inning saw each team score a run. Harvard notched the first run in the top half of the inning when Lantz continued her great day at the plate with an RBI single to right center. A sacrifice fly by Nicole Clowdus in the bottom half of the inning for LMU evened things back up at 1-1.
Harvard responded though, creating some separation with a four-run third inning. With two outs and the bases loaded, Catherine Callaway stood in and smashed a bases-clearing double to right center. Callaway then scored when Adrienne Hume's single squeezed through the left side of the infield.
LMU was able to cut the deficit in half with runs in the fifth and sixth, but the Cabe closed out the game with a 1-2-3 seventh, securing the 5-3 victory.
Harvard is back on the field tomorrow with games against Bethune-Cookman at 3 p.m. and Fairleigh Dickinson at 5 p.m.