Softball Takes Two from Penn after an Extra Inning Game and a Five-Inning Contest

Panariello's go-ahead single was the game-winning hit for the Crimson in game one (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team defeated Penn in its Saturday afternoon doubleheader at Soldiers Field after an eight-inning 11-10 victory and a five-inning 10-2 win. The Crimson improved to 16-13 overall and 6-2 in Ivy play, while the Quakers fell to 13-16 overall and 2-6 in the Ancient Eight.

Harvard hosts non-conference Maine on Tuesday, April 12 in a doubleheader with the first contest starting at 3 p.m. and the second following at 5 p.m. Both will be broadcast on the Ivy League Digital Network.

Harvard 11, Penn 10 – 8 innings
Four Crimson players tallied two RBI in an 11-10, eight-inning victory for Harvard, including Maddy Kaplan, Meagan Lantz, Elizabeth Shively and Zoe Galindo. Harvard outhit Penn 14-12, while only recording two errors to the Quakers' five.

The Crimson jumped on board first after Galindo hit a single to centerfield scoring Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and Rhianna Rich doubled to left center advancing Galindo giving Harvard the advantage, 2-0.

Penn responded scoring five runs of its own in the top of the fourth off of three hits and one error from the Crimson. Harvard persisted in the bottom of the frame as it knotted the contest at 5-5 off of a Galindo fielder's choice and a Kaplan single to centerfield. The Quakers and the Crimson saw the fifth inning remain scoreless, but Penn would continue swinging, tallying four more runs in the top of the sixth off of four hits.

Shively opened up the bottom of the sixth recording her first-career homerun clearing the left field fence and Savannah Bradley scored on a Quaker error just as Galindo was stealing second after getting on by her own single. Galindo crossed home as Lantz hit a sacrifice fly to left field still leaving the Crimson down one, 9-8.

Morgan Groom held Penn to no runs and only one hit in the top of the seventh, giving the Crimson momentum to rally one run off a Shively single to center field sending Giana Panariello home, knotting the game at nine.

The Quakers were only able to squeeze one run in as the Crimson rallied together two runs in the bottom of the eighth. Kaplan ended up on second after ripping a single to shortstop and advancing to second on a passed ball. But, it was Lantz' single to the grass that knotted the game once more. With Lantz on second, Panariello roped a line drive to right field scoring the go-ahead run and giving the Crimson its fourth-straight win.

Harvard 10, Penn 2 – 5 innings
Six Crimson student-athletes tallied RBI in a 10-2, five-inning victory, as Taylor Cabe notched her 10th win on the mound this season. Haley Davis launched a ball over the fence for her fourth homerun of the year and 12th of her career, while Kaplan recorded her third stolen base of the year, seventh overall.

Cabe registered four strikeouts in the victory and gave up eight hits, as the Crimson outhit Penn by three, with 11 hits.

The first three innings remained scoreless for both teams until Davis broke open the game with a long-fly ball over the left field fence for a solo homerun. Lantz lined out to centerfield but was it was able to score Galindo on the sacrifice flyout. Kaplan stole second on a successful attempt to draw the throw, as the Quakers misplayed the ball, scoring Rich. Kaplan would eventually score off of a Catherine Callaway single giving the Crimson a 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the third.

Penn would cut the deficit to two off a fielder's choice play and a homerun by Lauren Li. Harvard continued pressuring as six more runs would be put up on the board as the Crimson recorded three doubles and a single in the bottom of the fourth. Cabe did not allow any runs off of two hits as the Crimson closed out the game 10-2 in five innings.