Emily Gusse drove in the game-winning run in game one and then added three more RBI in game two (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard softball team (16-15, 7-3 Ivy) needed extra innings to defeat Brown (9-14-3-7 Ivy) in game one Saturday, 3-1, but came back and routed the Bears in five innings in game two, 9-1. The victories extended Harvard's win streak to eight games and kept the Crimson just two games back of Dartmouth in the North Division standings.
Harvard 3, Brown 1 (8 innings)
Harvard scored the game's first run and its last two, but needed an extra frame to defeat Brown in the series-opener Saturday. Brown tied the game in the bottom of the seventh, but RBI singles from Emily Gusse and Catherine Callaway in the top of the eighth ensured the win for Harvard.
Laura Ricciardone went the distance for Harvard without allowing an earned run, picking up her ninth win of the season.
A wild pitch gave the Crimson an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first with Katherine Lantz racing home for the score. Pitching and defense took over from there, as the game remained 1-0 in favor of Harvard until the bottom of the seventh.
Janet Leung, who reached safely to lead-off the seventh on an error, came around to score on Emily Springfield's single to right to force extra innings.
Harvard responded swiftly in the top of the eighth, as Gusse plated Maddy Kaplan with a drive through the left side and then Callaway brought home Gusse on a single through the middle. Ricciardone closed out the game, inducing a pop out and two fly outs in the bottom half of the inning.
Harvard 9, Brown 1
Taylor Cabe improved to 4-6 on the year, allowing just two hits and one earned run, as Harvard ripped through game two against Brown, 9-1. Kaplan, Lantz and Gusse, comprising the heart of the Harvard order, accounted for eight of the Crimson's RBI.
A Lantz RBI triple got things going in the top of the first, giving Harvard the opening run of the game, with Gusse following up with her first RBI of the contest to make it 2-0 after just three outs.
Harvard doubled its lead over the next two innings, as Zoe Galindo plated Adrienne Hume in the second on a single to right center and Gusse launched a homer to left in the third. The long ball was Gusse's fourth of the season.
After Brown got one of the runs back in the bottom of the fourth, Harvard answered in the top of the fifth with five more tallies to lock up the victory. Kaplan's left center single scored Galindo and Hume, while a Lantz double to left center brought home Kaplan and Andrea Del Conter to make it 8-1. Gusse gave the Crimson the eight-run margin it needed to end the game in five innings, driving a single back up the middle to score Lantz, making it a 9-1 contest.
Cabe went out to the circle in the bottom of the fifth and notched two strikeouts and an infield pop out to seal the win.