Softball Shuts Out Yale in Series Finale to Split Sunday Doubleheader

Softball Shuts Out Yale in Series Finale to Split Sunday Doubleheader

Kathleen Duncan allowed only one hit over six innings to earn her first collegiate win in game two Sunday (Fran Ruchalski). 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harvard and Yale met for the second doubleheader of the weekend on the softball diamond, with the Bulldogs (12-26-5-7 Ivy) taking the opening game, 1-0, but Harvard (20-14, 9-3 Ivy) bounced back with a 6-0 triumph in the series finale to win three of four games on its arch rival's turf.

Harvard will play one midweek game on Thursday, April 21 at Providence before hosting Brown (16-16, 5-7 Ivy) at Soldiers Field next weekend. The Bears were swept this weekend at home by Dartmouth.

Yale 1, Harvard 0
Senior pitcher Morgan Groom held a no-hitter heading into the sixth frame of a scoreless game, but Yale's only two hits came in that inning and resulted in the contest's only run as the Bulldogs squeaked out a 1-0 victory.

Harvard's offense knocked six hits against Yale starter Lindsay Efflandt, but the Bulldogs hurler garner the win to move her season record to 5-11.

The Crimson had a chance to get on the board in the top of the sixth when Zoe Galindo singled and then pulled off a double steal to put two runners in scoring position, but consecutive ground outs stymied the chance for runs.

In the bottom of the sixth, Sydney Ginsberg singled to left to give the Bulldogs a base runner with one out. A lengthy battle in the next at bat ensued between Groom and Allison Skinner, ending the Yale hitter hitting a double to right center and Ginsberg racing around the bases for the run.

Savannah Bradley managed a single in the top of the seventh, but Efflandt closed out the inning and secured the win for Yale.

Harvard 6, Yale 0
Game two saw Harvard's offense erupt for six runs in the first inning and 14 hits throughout the game, while three pitchers combined to give up just one hit, as the Crimson capped the weekend series with a 6-0 blanking.

Freshman Kathleen Duncan earned the first victory of her collegiate career, giving up just one hit over six innings. Nick Nishizawa and Sarah Smith tossed the last inning without allowing another hit to the Bulldogs.

Sophomore Maddy Kaplan led the way at the plate, going 3-for-5 with one RBI. Haley Davis and Galindo each had two hits and a RBI as well.

Kaplan set the tone for the first inning, leading off with a single to center. An infield single by Rhianna Rich and a walk by Meagan Lantz loaded the bases. The next six at bats resulted in runs for the Crimson. Davis drove in the first with a single to center, followed by Elizabeth Shively launching a pitch out to left. Erin Lockhart earned an RBI when she was hit by a pitch with the bases still loaded. Giana Panariello, Galindo and Kaplan kept the line moving with three-straight RBI singles to give Harvard the 6-0 lead, all with just one out.

Yale finally got out of the inning and the pitching took over from there as zeros lined the rest of the scoreboard from that point forward.