Softball Ends Spring Break Trip with Heartbreaking 1-0 Loss in 10 Innings at San Diego

Softball Ends Spring Break Trip with Heartbreaking 1-0 Loss in 10 Innings at San Diego

Catherine Callaway was 1-for-4 Saturday (Gil Talbot).

SAN DIEGO – Starting pitchers Laura Ricciardone and Paige von Spreckon put on a pitching clinic Saturday afternoon, allowing a measly six combined hits through 10 innings of action, but it would be the freshman for San Diego that earned the victory, as the Toreros captured a 1-0 win.

The win drops Harvard to 7-12 on the year as it returns from its California swing and readies for Ivy League play set to begin Friday, March 27 at Columbia.

USD (20-14) had the game's first scoring chance in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with two outs. Ricciardone though, regrouped and induced a ground out to third to end the frame. The Toreros threatened again in the fifth, putting runners on the corners with two down, but another ground out, this time to short, closed the inning.

Harvard had base runners reach safely in the seventh, eighth and ninth, but could not get further than second base in each of those innings. In the top of the 10th, Giana Panariello was placed on second and stole third to begin the inning, but von Spreckon was able to get the three batters at the plate out without allowing the run to score.

USD began the bottom of the frame with its pitcher sacrifice bunting Tatum Schultz over to third. In the next at bat, a ground ball to short resulted in an error, allowing Schultz to come in and score the game-winner.

Harvard visits Columbia on Friday for a doubleheader, before heading to Penn for two more games on Saturday.