Morgan Groom had a career-high 10 strikeouts vs. FDU (Fran Ruchalski).
LOS ANGELES – Harvard softball (8-6) closed out the first of its two California tournaments Tuesday, beginning the day with a 5-2 triumph over Fairleigh Dickinson, but dropped its finale to Loyola Marymount, 6-4.
Harvard will have Wednesday off before starting play at the San Diego Classic II Thursday against the host and BYU.
Harvard 5, Fairleigh Dickinson 2
A three-run first inning and three RBI in the game from Catherine Callaway powered the Crimson to its second win over the Knights this week. Despite two late runs by FDU (2-9), the Crimson posted a 5-2 victory for its eighth win of the year.
Morgan Groom garnered credit for the win, racking up a career-high 10 strikeouts, while allowing five hits and two runs. Sarah Smith collected the save.
Harvard tallied its five runs on five hits, beginning with a three-run first inning. With Maddy Kaplan and Giana Panariello on base, Callaway ripped a double to right center that plated both. Haley Davis, the recently crowned Ivy Player of the Week, followed up with an infield single that scored Callaway.
Groom held the Knights at bay, recording four strikeouts over the second and third innings, before Harvard tacked on another run in the bottom of the third. Again, it was Callaway coming through with an RBI off a sacrifice bunt with Kaplan scoring from third.
Jillian Leslie helped make it a 5-0 Harvard advantage when she drove a single back up the middle in the fifth to score Panariello. FDU got one run back in the sixth and another in the seventh, but the combination of Groom and Smith shut down any rally the Knights sought.
Loyola Marymount 6, Harvard 4
Despite a furious four-run seventh inning for the Crimson, its comeback aspirations came up just short, as the Lions (15-8) held on for the 6-4 victory Tuesday afternoon.
Callaway again had a productive game for the Crimson, recording two RBI, while Kaplan knocked in Harvard's other two. Freshman Meagan Lantz was 3-for-3 in the game.
LMU began the scoring in the bottom of the second, getting its first run off a wild pitch and a second on a sacrifice fly. The third frame saw the Lions add three more runs to its count to take a 5-0 lead. An Amanda Dirks double plated two runs and a single two batters later brought her around to score. Alex Finie drove in LMU's sixth run, doubling down the right field line in the fourth.
With one last turn at bat, the Crimson put together a string of hits in the seventh inning. Lantz and Leslie singled early in the frame to give Harvard two base runners. Those two runners came around to touch home on an infield single by Kaplan. Callaway showed her strength in the next at bat, driving a pitch over the left field wall to cut the gap to 6-4. Harvard's momentum though was halted as LMU got a fly out to hold onto the win.