Harvard hosts Rhode Island in first home games Tuesday (Envision Sports Media).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball (8-15) is set to play its first two home games of the season Tuesday afternoon, hosting Rhode Island (1-18) at Soldiers Field beginning at 3 p.m. The doubleheader against Rhode Island is the first of six straight home games for the Crimson.
The Crimson opened Ivy League play over the weekend with a pair of games at Columbia and Penn. Against the Lions Friday, Harvard opened the series with a 3-2 victory. Giana Panariello drove in two runs in the sixth frame with a double down the right field line to give Harvard the edge it needed for the victory. Columbia was able to even the series with a 3-0 victory in game two.
At Penn on Sunday, Harvard suffered a pair of setbacks in two high-scoring affairs, including an eight inning, 15-14 loss in game two. In that game, the teams combined for 32 hits with eight Crimson recording at least one RBI.
Adrienne Hume and Katherine Lantz led the Harvard offense with four RBI apiece at Columbia and Penn. Hume's great weekend at the plate included a .600 average (6-for-10), a .600 on-base percentage and a .700 slugging mark. Lantz is one of five Crimson batting over .300 for the season. Her .353 average ranks third among all hitters, while her 10 RBI is leading the squad. Senior classmate Katherine Appelbe continues to lead the team with a .396 batting average.
Laura Ricciardone earned the win Friday at Columbia and has a 4-5 record on the year. She has five complete games with a team-high 57.1 innings of work to her name. Her 3.30 ERA is second-lowest on staff, trailing the 2.97 mark by junior Morgan Groom.
SCOUTING RHODE ISLAND
Through 19 games this season, the Rams have just one victory coming on March 16 in the form of an 8-1 decision versus Lafayette. Since then, Rhode Island has lost six straight games, including its most recent three games all in five innings. The Rams were outscored 30-1 in those three loses at Dayton.
Sophomore Jenna Cubello leads the Rams with a .289 batting average. She is second with six RBI. Freshman Kylie Shivery has been the top run-generator, driving in 12 RBI.
Caitlyn Kennedy has the lowest ERA on the Rhode Island pitching staff, posting a 7.40 ERA and a 1-12 record. Andrea Chiraradio leads the Rams with 17 strikeouts. Both pitchers are allowing opposing lineups to hit over .400.