Softball Downs San Diego, 4-1, to Cap California Road Trip

Softball Downs San Diego, 4-1, to Cap California Road Trip

Kathleen Duncan earned the save to seal the win over San Diego (Fran Ruchalski).

SANTEE, Calif.  – Pitchers Morgan Groom and Kathleen Duncan combined to hold San Diego (9-19) to four hits and one unearned run, leading Harvard softball (9-10) to a 4-1 victory over the Toreros Saturday afternoon.

The win snapped a five-game losing skid for the Crimson and helped it post a 5-6 record on its California road trip. Harvard returns east and will next be in action at Rhode Island for a doubleheader, March 24.

Groom was lights out for six innings for the Crimson, striking out six on the day. The senior held USD off the scoreboard until the sixth inning when Mary Grabowski came in to score on an error after tripling. By that point though, Harvard had posted four runs on the board and Duncan came on and got the save in the seventh, inducing three ground outs.

The first three innings of the game passed without either team scoring a run, but Haley Davis changed that in the top of the fourth for the Crimson. For the second-straight game, Davis ripped a solo home run, putting Harvard up, 1-0.

Following a scoreless fifth, the Crimson put three more runs on the board in the sixth to take a commanding 4-0 lead. Kaitlyn Schiffhauer led off the inning with a double and moved up to third on a Rhianna Rich bunt single. That brought Zoe Galindo to the dish and she proceeded to single back up the middle to score both her teammates. Galindo would come around to score later in the inning with two outs to finish off the scoring for Harvard.

After its matchup with Rhode Island, Harvard will host its first home games of the season March 29 when Boston College makes the short trip to Cambridge.