Haley Davis' three-run, seventh inning homer spurned a comeback victory for softball (Envision Sports Media).
HANOVER, N.H. – Trailing 5-1 heading into the top of the seventh in game two Saturday, Harvard sent six base-runners across home plate and then held on in the bottom of the inning to top Dartmouth, 7-6. The victory was a bounce back for the Crimson (22-20, 12-6 Ivy) after the Big Green (22-15, 15-3 Ivy) won the opening game of the series 1-0.
With the win, Dartmouth secured the Ivy League North Division title and will host the Ivy League Championship Series next weekend.
Dartmouth 1, Harvard 0
The Big Green scored the game's lone run in the bottom of the first and Dartmouth starting pitcher Kristen Rumley gave up only four hits and one walk to keep Harvard off the board in the series opener.
Katie McEachern gave Dartmouth a base runner to start the bottom of the first when she was hit by a pitch. McEachern put herself in scoring position by stealing second and was driven in with two outs on Karen Chaw's RBI single to left field.
Harvard came out in the top of the second and put two runners on base with a Gusse single and a Ricciardone walk, but a fielder's choice and a ground out allowed Dartmouth to maintain its 1-0 lead. The Crimson's last quality scoring opportunity came in the sixth when Katherine Lantz led off with a single to center, but two more fielder's choice outs and another ground ball out ended the frame.
Harvard 7, Dartmouth 6
Haley Davis launched a three-run homer to lead the Crimson to a six-run seventh frame, overcoming a 5-1 deficit to top Dartmouth, 7-6, in the nightcap.
Davis' three RBI led the Crimson, while Giana Panariello, Adrienne Hume and Katherine Appelbe all recorded two hits in the game. Morgan Groom earned win number five on the year, coming on in relief, and Ricciardone earned the save, pitching the seventh inning.
Dartmouth looked to be in control early, scoring four runs in the first and another in the second to hold a 5-0 lead after two innings. Morgan McCalmon hit a three-run shot in the first to set the tone for the Big Green.
The Crimson notched its first run of the day in the top of the fourth, with Panariello leading off with a solo home run on a 2-2 pitch.
Harvard's rally went into full swing in the top of the seventh, beginning with Zoe Galindo getting plunked and Katherine Lantz singling. Andrea Del Conte drove in the first run of the inning, hitting a base hit to plate Galindo. Two batters later, Davis launched a 0-2 pitch over the outfield wall to tie the score at 5-5. Panariello came around to score next thanks to a Hume single to center, giving the Crimson the lead. An Appelbe triple brought home pinch-runner Dallas Hogan to put the finishing touches on the comeback.
Dartmouth got within one run in the bottom of the seventh on Karen Chaw's RBI single, but a strikeout and fly out ended the game with Harvard on top, 7-6.
The Crimson and Big Green wrap up the regular season Sunday at Soldiers Field with another doubleheader. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.