Softball Trades Shutouts With Princeton in Saturday Doubleheader

Softball Trades Shutouts With Princeton in Saturday Doubleheader

Maddy Kaplan's homer in game two gave Harvard a 1-0 win over Princeton (Fran Ruchalski).

PRINCETON, N.J. – The second day of the Ivy League competition played out identical to the first, with Harvard softball (12-13) splitting a doubleheader with a South Division foe. Princeton (7-19, 1-2 Ivy) took the first game Saturday, 2-0, but Harvard fired back with its own shutout in game two, posting a 1-0 victory to stand at 2-2 in the Ancient Eight after the first weekend of conference play.

Harvard will play a solo contest at Boston University Tuesday before settling in at Soldiers Field for a six-game homestand against Columbia, Penn and Maine next week.

Princeton 2, Harvard 0
Senior hurler Morgan Groom pitched a strong six innings, striking out five and allowing only two runs, but the Harvard offense was unable to provide her with run support as Princeton scored a run in the third and fourth to account for the only scoring in Saturday's opener.

Groom was able to get through the first two innings without harm, while also getting a Princeton batter to look at strike three in each inning.

In the third, Princeton's Kayla Bose broke the scoreless tie with a RBI single with two outs. Harvard looked in position to bounce back in the top of the fourth with Dallas Hogan advancing to third before being tagged out and the Tigers were able to keep Harvard off the board.

Kaylee Grant counted as the second Princeton run scored in the bottom of the fourth. She led off the inning with a single and eventually came around to score on Haley Hineman's groundout to second.

Harvard had a prime opportunity to get on the board in the seventh, loading the bases with one out, but a line out resulted in a double play and Princeton held on for its first conference win.

Harvard 1, Princeton 0
A solo home run by Maddy Kaplan in the fourth inning was all the support Taylor Cabe would need in the circle, as the junior improved to 8-3 on the year with a complete-game shutout of the Tigers in game two on Saturday.

Cabe had a season-high seven strikeouts in the victory. She recorded four of those in the first three innings as the teams went back-and-forth without scoring.

The game's only change to the scoreboard came with one out in the fourth when Kaplan launched her first homer of the season, clearing the centerfield wall. The long ball gives Kaplan 13 RBI on the year, second-most on the Harvard roster.

Cabe put the finishing touches on the Crimson victory, getting all three outs in the bottom of the seventh via strikeout.