Andrea Del Conte went 4-for-4 Tuesday with three RBI (Tim Bradbury).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball (21-19) put together a dominant team performance Tuesday, downing the Bryant Bulldogs, 9-3, at Soldiers Field. Four Crimson pitchers combined for eight strikeouts, while the Harvard batters did not go down on strikes once the entire game. Harvard's bats also collected a 15-9 advantage in hits Tuesday.
Of Harvard's 15 hits, four of those came from left fielder Andrea Del Conte, who was perfect at the plate, while also driving in three runs. Katherine Lantz, Haley Davis and Adrienne Hume each had two hits on the day. Starting pitcher Taylor Cabe earned her sixth win of the year, sitting down four in three innings.
Bryant was the first team on the scoreboard in the top of the second inning when Elle Madsen hit a solo shot to right center. The Bulldogs advantage was short-lived, as Harvard came up in the bottom half and scored four runs. Singles from Catherine Callaway, Adrienne Hume and Zoe Galindo loaded the bases with one out for Lantz. A drive back up the middle scored Callaway to tie the game. Bryant then sent Logan Paul to the circle to pitch, but the new face did little to slow the Crimson bats. Del Conte proceeded to single up the middle, plating Galindo and Hume. Lantz scored from third on a fielding error by the shortstop before the end of the inning.
A lead-off homer in the bottom of the third for Davis extended the Harvard lead to 5-1. The home run was the fourth of the season for Davis.
Madsen did her best to keep the Bulldogs in the game, driving in two more runs in the top of the fifth to cut the Harvard lead in half, but those would be the final runs Bryant scored. Harvard responded with three more runs of its own in the bottom half of the frame. Giana Panariello knocked in Davis with a single to center early in the inning, and then with two outs Del Conte and Jillian Leslie both hit RBI singles, making the scoreboard read 8-3.
Galindo accounted for Harvard's final RBI in the bottom of the sixth when Dallas Hogan scored on a fielder's choice.
Harvard's regular season comes to a close this weekend against Dartmouth. The Crimson will travel to Hanover, New Hampshire for two games on Saturday at 2 p.m., before closing out the schedule at home against the Big Green on Sunday, also at 2 p.m.