Softball Sweeps Friday Doubleheader with Columbia

Lantz tallied three RBI on the day (Gil Talbot)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team (14-13, 4-2 Ivy), swept Columbia (7-22, 2-4 Ivy) Friday afternoon at Soldiers Field, toppling the Lions 8-0 and 4-3.

Harvard 8, Columbia 0 – 5 innings
The Crimson outhit the Lions 13-3 in an 8-0 victory, which was completed in five innings. Freshman Meagan Lantz drove in three of Harvard's runs off of three hits, while classmate Rhianna Rich also tallied a game-high three hits. Senior pitcher Morgan Groom struck out six and allowed one walk in her fifth win on the season. 

Harvard started out strong as Zoe Galindo led off the bottom of the first with a triple to right field and Maddy Kaplan followed with a single to centerfield, scoring Galindo. Savannah Bradley kept the scoring coming as she singled to right field to record her ninth and 10th RBI of the year when Kaplan and Lantz crossed the plate, putting the Crimson up 3-0. 

Groom held Columbia to no runs in the top of the second and only left one on base, as the Crimson picked up another two runs in the bottom of the second off of a fielder's choice by Kaplan and a Lantz single. Both teams did not record any tallies in the third, but the bottom of the fourth saw the Crimson extend its lead to seven. Lantz roped a triple into center field scoring Kaitlyn Schiffhauer, who reached on a Lions' error, while Lantz scored another run from Haley Davis' fielder's choice. 

The top of the fifth saw Columbia ground out, strike out, and pop out, still giving Harvard a 7-0 advantage. In the bottom of the frame, Rich reached on her third hit of the day, and Galindo moved her to second on a hard grounder to shortstop. Schiffhauer connected on a ball, singling into center field scoring Harvard's eighth and final run of the game to secure the victory.

Harvard 4, Columbia 3

In a close hitting battle between the Crimson and the Lions, Harvard ended up on top as it recorded four runs off of seven hits, while Columbia tallied three runs off of eight hits. Seven Crimson batters tallied hits in the second of the doubleheader, with Bradley and Dallas Hogan driving in runs.

The Lions connected early in the game when Troutt homered to right center scoring Gott for a 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Each pitcher held the teams to no runs until the Crimson scored three runs connecting on four hits in the bottom of the fourth. Lantz tallied her third RBI of the day as she singled to center to plate Schiffhauer from second. Lantz would later cross home plate after Bradley singled to left field. The final run of the inning came off the bat of Hogan, who plated Catherine Callaway.

Columbia knotted the game at three in the top of the fifth after Maddie Gott reached on a fielder's choice, advanced on a wild pitch and then scored off of a Taylor Troutt RBI. Sarah Smith relieved Taylor Cabe in the circle for the Crimson and closed out the inning. 

A leadoff triple from Rich in the fifth helped give the Crimson the edge as Kaplan drove home the shortstop with a sacrifice fly. Smith retired the sixth and seventh innings with three strikeouts and three ground balls earning her first win of her career.

Harvard hosts Penn tomorrow in 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. contests at Soldiers Field, which will both be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.