Zoe Galindo drove in a run in the bottom of the sixth in game three (Mark Washburn/Ivy League).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Picking up the action from the sixth inning of game two of the 2016 Ivy League Softball Championship Series, Harvard (29-17, 16-4 Ivy) closed out that game with a 7-1 victory to force the decisive game three, but Princeton (23-26, 14-6 Ivy) used an eight-run second frame of that game to secure the conference championship over the Crimson.
Monday afternoon's competition began with 1.5 innings of the second game remaining after play was called Saturday evening due to darkness and Sunday's contests were postponed due to rain. The score stood at 7-1 in Harvard's favor and remained that way with neither team recording a hit or run through the remainder of the resumed game.
The victory tied the series at 1-1, with Princeton winning the opener, 2-1, and forced a third and final game to determine the 2016 Ivy League champion.
The Tigers took command of the contest in the second inning, bringing around eight runners to score. Keeley Walsh set the tone with a lead-off double and was the first Princeton run of the inning when she scored on Marissa Reynolds single. A Harvard pitching change was unable to halt the Princeton momentum as a squeeze bunt in the next at bat scored another run. Consecutive singles by four Princeton batters each plated runs, with Kayla Bose driving in two of her teammates to bring the tally to 6-0. Princeton tacked on two more runs unearned runs to complete the frame.
Harvard's offense broke through with its first run in the bottom of the fifth. Meagan Lantz led off with a walk, and after a sacrifice bunt and single by Maddy Kaplan, she came in to score on Rhianna Rich's fielder's choice play.
The Crimson added two more runs to its count in the bottom of the sixth, getting RBI singles from Zoe Galindo and Kaplan with two outs, but Princeton closed out the inning with a diving catch from its shortstop on a hard hit ball from Rich.
Elizabeth Shively attempted to start another rally for Harvard in the bottom of the seventh, doubling to right center with two out, but another line out ended the game and secured the 2016 Ivy title for the Tigers.
Harvard finishes the year with a 29-17 overall record and the North Division crown at 16-4 in the Ivy League during the regular season.