Softball Takes Game One, 10-8, Suffers 4-2 Loss in Game Two of Sunday Split at Brown

Softball Takes Game One, 10-8, Suffers 4-2 Loss in Game Two of Sunday Split at Brown

Catherine Callaway had three RBI in the game one victory Sunday (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard softball team extended its longest win streak of the season to nine games with a 10-8 triumph in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader at Brown, but had that streak snapped in game two, falling 4-2 in the series finale to the Bears.

With a 3-1 showing over the weekend, the Crimson stands at 17-16 overall, 8-4 in the Ivy League. That mark is the second-best record in Ancient Eight action, but is three back of Dartmouth for the top spot in the North Division standings with eight conference games remaining.

Harvard 10, Dartmouth 8
Third baseman Catherine Callaway and pitcher Laura Ricciardone each had three RBI on two hits to pace a Crimson offense that racked up 15 hits in a game that Harvard trailed twice in. Harvard's defense was clean throughout the contest, while Brown recorded five errors.

The Bears jumped all over the scoreboard in the bottom of the first, producing four runs. Annie McGregor earned the first RBI on a single down the left field line and Julie Schoenewald followed that with a bases-clearing double to right center to put Harvard in an early 4-0 hole.

The Crimson recovered three of those run in the top of the second. Haley Davis led off with a double and Callaway reached safely on a fielding error at short, brining Ricciardone to the dish. The senior proceeded to smash her second homer of the season over the wall in left center, closing the gap to 4-3.

A Janet Leung RBI single in the bottom of the frame pushed the lead back to two runs, but the Harvard offense kept clicking in the third, taking the lead with four more runs. Emily Gusse singled, and Katherine Lantz and Davis each reached on errors to load the bases with no outs. Callaway then stood in a laced a triple to center that brought home all three base runners. Two batters later, Callaway scored on another fielding error by the shortstop to put Harvard ahead, 7-5.

The back-and-forth nature of the game continued with Brown scoring the next three runs. Sarah Syrop's RBI single in the bottom of the third made it 7-6 Harvard. In the bottom of the fourth, Brown retook the lead with Leung scoring on a wild pitch and Emily Springfield driving in Lauren Hanna.

Harvard fired back once again in the fifth with Lantz singling up the middle to score Maddy Kaplan, tying the game at 8-8. Lantz would give Harvard the lead for good two batters later, racing home on a wild pitch. An insurance run came across the plate for Harvard in the sixth when Gusse drew a walk with the bases loaded.

Three fly outs in the bottom of the seventh gave Taylor Cabe her fifth victory of the season, as she tossed four innings of relief work, striking out five while giving up just two hits and two runs.

Brown 4, Harvard 2
The first four innings of game two saw pitching excel from both squads, as Harvard starting hurler Morgan Groom tallied four strikeouts and Brown pitcher Leah Nakashima recorded one of her three on the day, but a three-run fifth by the Bears gave it the offensive support Nakashima needed to pick up her first win of the season.

Pinch hitter Alexa Altchek drove in the Crimson's first run in the top of the fifth, singling to left center to bring home pinch-runner Dallas Hogan.

Brown used the long ball in the bottom of the inning to jump in front. Trista Chavez led off with a shot to left and Syrop hit her own out to center, making it 2-1 with no outs. With two down and the bases loaded, Annie McGregor earned a walk to make it a 3-1 Brown advantage.

Harvard got back within one in the top of the sixth when Kaplan scored on a Lantz single, but the Bears pushed the lead back out to two runs on a Leung RBI single. Trailing 4-2, Harvard came up in the top of the seventh for its last turn at the plate, but was unable to get anything going and Brown escaped with its only win in the series.

The Crimson is in action twice this week, hosting Boston University Tuesday at 3 p.m. before visiting Boston College Thursday at 4 p.m. Ivy League action continues next weekend with Yale in town for four games at Soldiers Field.