Softball Extends Win Streak to Six Games with Sweep of Princeton Saturday

Taylor Cabe gave up only two hits to win game two for Harvard Saturday (Envision Sports Media).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard starting pitchers Laura Ricciardone and Taylor Cabe allowed Princeton (10-17, 2-4 Ivy) hitters to record just seven hits through two games, posting 2-1 and 6-1 victories on a blistery Saturday at Soldiers Field.

With sweeps this weekend over Cornell and Princeton, the Crimson (14-15) improved to 5-3 in the Ivy League and moved into second place in the North Division standings, trailing Dartmouth by two games.

Harvard 2, Princeton 1
Princeton scored an unearned run in the first frame, but Ricciardone and the Harvard defense kept them off the board the rest of the way en route to the walk-off 2-1 win.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh and Andrea Del Conte stationed on second, Haley Davis hit a clutch single to left to plate Del Conte and clinch the victory for the Crimson.

The Tigers got on the board early with an Alyssa Schmidt RBI in the top of the first, but Ricciardone got a strike out and a ground out to close out the frame.

Harvard knotted the game at 1-1 in the bottom of the third when Katherine Lantz batted into a fielder's choice to drive in Zoe Galindo with two outs. Ricciardone and her defense continued to play shutdown against the Tigers with Harvard's starting hurler recording three more K's before Davis' game-winning plate appearance in the bottom of the seventh.

The victory was the third of the weekend for Ricciardone, improving her record to 8-5.

Harvard 6, Princeton 1
Harvard starting pitcher Taylor Cabe took a no-hitter into the fifth frame and Maddy Kaplan drove in a trio of runs to set the stage for a 6-1 win in the second game Saturday. Cabe gave up just two hits the entire game and struck out six to earn her third win this season.

It took just two batters for Harvard to tally two runs, with Kaplan ripping her second homer of the season with Del Conte on base after a lead-off single. Kaplan's second of her freshman season cleared the right field wall. The Crimson added one more run before the end of the inning when Emily Gusse singled to right field to bring home Katherine Lantz.

Gusse notched her second RBI of the contest in the bottom of the third, driving in pinch-runner Rachel Halperin with two outs to extended the Crimson lead to 4-0.

After Cabe worked a quick 1-2-3 inning in the top of the fourth, Harvard's bats came back out in the bottom half and tacked on two more runs. Kaplan batted in her third run with an RBI single up the middle and then scored in the next at bat when Lantz blasted a triple down the right field line.

Princeton got one run back in the top of the sixth, but that would end the scoring with Cabe capping the contest with two strikeouts in the seventh.

Harvard's homestand continues on Tuesday when it hosts crosstown rival Boston College for a doubleheader on Tuesday beginning at 3 p.m.