Walk-off Win Highlights Final Day of the Season for Softball

Senior Adrienne Hume had the game-winning RBI in the opener Sunday (Envision Sports Media).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning in Sunday's first game, senior Adrienne Hume hit a base knock down the left field line to bring home Giana Panariello, giving Harvard a 3-2 victory over Dartmouth. Game two at Soldiers Field went to the visiting team, 4-1, as the Crimson and Dartmouth split for the second day in a row.

Harvard concludes the 2015 campaign with an overall record of 23-21 and an Ivy League mark of 13-7. For the ninth straight season, the Crimson finish at .500 or better.

Harvard 3, Dartmouth 2
Hume's walk-off single was just the ninth hit of the contest, as the teams were even with two runs, four hits and two errors up to that point. Harvard's starting pitcher, senior Laura Ricciardone went the full distance, giving up just one earned run, while striking out three to pick up her 12th win of the season.

Andrea Del Conte was the only hitter in game one with multiple hits, going 2-for-3, while Catherine Callaway knocked in Harvard's first two RBI to tie the game in the fifth frame.

The first four innings Sunday sped by, with the teams combining for just six base runners during that span. Dartmouth was first to get any offensive momentum going, using a Tiffany Dyson two-run homer in the top of the fifth to take the lead.

Dartmouth's advantage did not last long, as the Crimson fired back with a pair of runs itself in the bottom half of the inning. Haley Davis opened the inning getting hit by a pitch and advanced to second on Katherine Appelbe's fielder's choice hit that resulted in both base runners being safe. Following a Panariello ground out that moved both players up one base, Callaway stood in and belted a double down the left field line to even the game at 2-2.

The Big Green put runners on base in the sixth and seventh innings, but Harvard's stout pitching and defense kept Dartmouth from scoring another run, setting up Hume's game-winning hit.

With one out and runners on first and second, Hume slapped the first pitch she saw over the third baseman's head and Panariello raced home from second to end the game.

Dartmouth 4, Harvard 1
The Big Green out-hit Harvard, 9-4, and used a three-run fifth inning to win the series finale, 4-1. Morgan McCalmon earned the win for Dartmouth, while Gabrielle Ruiz, who pitched a solid 4.2 innings with just five hits allowed, took the loss.

Similar to game one, the first few innings were played quickly as the pitchers held the advantage over the hitters. Harvard was the first to break through in the bottom of the fourth with a Ricciardone RBI. The Crimson loaded the bases on a Dartmouth fielding error and singles from Hume and Appelbe, bringing Ricciardone to the plate with one out. The senior grounded out to third, but it gave the speedy Del Conte ample time to score.

Dartmouth used the long ball once again in game two to score its first runs. Chloe Madill hit a two-run shot that cleared the centerfield wall, shifting the lead to the Big Green's favor. Maddie Damore drove in Dartmouth's third run of the inning with a single through the right side with two outs.

Harvard looked primed to swing things back in its favor in the bottom of the fifth, loading the bases with one out, but back-to-back infield pop outs ended the inning.

Dartmouth tacked on the final run in the top of the seventh on a Damore RBI double, locking in the 4-1 victory.