Taylor Cabe earned both wins for the Crimson Saturday (Fran Ruchalski).
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Junior pitcher Taylor Cabe pitched 10 solid innings and earned the wins in both games Saturday, leading the Harvard softball team (6-4) to victories over Monmouth and Loyola Marymount Saturday at the LMU Tournament in Los Angeles.
With the two victories, Cabe improves to 5-1 in the circle. Harvard continues action at the LMU Tournament Sunday with a rematch against Monmouth at 1 p.m. EST, followed by a 3 p.m. contest vs. Fairleigh Dickinson.
Harvard 5, Monmouth 4
Freshman Rhianna Rich hit the game-winning RBI, a single up the middle, in the bottom of the fourth inning to push Harvard to a 5-4 victory over Monmouth Saturday afternoon.
Cabe came on in relief and pitch three hitless innings, with just one walk as the lone blemish to her performance, to capture the win for the Crimson. At the dish, Zoe Galindo went 3-for-3 and drove in a pair of runs as part of a four-run bottom of the second for the Crimson.
The bottom of the second is where the scoring began, as Harvard plated four runs. The Crimson loaded the bases on Hawks pitcher Sydney Underwood with two outs. Rich knocked a ball to the right side of the infield that was botched by the Monmouth second baseman, allowing Jillian Leslie and Erin Lockhart to both score. Next up, Galindo ripped a single to right center to bring around Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and Rich, bringing Harvard's lead to 4-0 before the Hawks could final get out of the frame.
Monmouth's offense fought back in the top of the third, evening the scoreboard with four tallies of its own. Four different Hawks notched RBI singles with one out to knot the game at 4-4.
The bottom of the third and top of the fourth saw no change to the score, but in the bottom of the fourth, Rich came through in the clutch. Meagan Lantz stood on second as a pinch-runner with two outs when Rich drove a pitch right back up the middle, giving her classmate ample time to come around and score.
With the lead in hand, Harvard turned to Cabe, who faced just 10 batters in her three innings to earn her fourth win of the year.
Harvard 5, Loyola Marymount 3
Picking up where she left off against Monmouth, Cabe tossed all seven innings against Loyola Marymount, giving up seven hits, three runs and one walk, all while striking out six to help Harvard complete the Saturday sweep.
Davis' first RBI of the game got the scoring started in the top of the second. Following a Panariello double, Davis stood in and roped one down the left field line. LMU responded with two of its own runs in the bottom of the frame. Meghan von Behren doubled to left to drive in the first run and then scored herself when she was awarded home on a balk later in the inning.
The squads traded runs in the fourth frame with Davis singling to left to score Dallas Hogan to tie the game at 2-2, but an Aria Pogni solo shot gave the lead back to the Lions.
Harvard once again tied the score in the top of the sixth off a Panriello double to right center that scored Jillian Leslie. The Crimson completed the comeback and secured the victory in exciting fashion in the top of the seventh when Callaway legged out a triple while base runners Savannah Bradley and Rich came around to score.