Erin Lockhart hit her fourth home run of the season to lead Harvard past Bryant.
SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Harvard softball team (12-14, 3-5 Ivy League) earned a 6-5 road win at Bryant (7-28) on Tuesday keyed by the top half of Harvard's lineup, and a five-run third inning for the Crimson. Harvard's starting 1-6 hitters went a combined 7-for-16 with five RBI and five runs scored. In the No. 6 spot, sophomore third baseman Erin Lockhart had the biggest day of all, going 2-for-2 with a run and three RBI, including her team-best fourth home run of the season.
Harvard jumped out to a 1-0 lead against Bryant starting pitcher Brandi Burgin, as Rhianna Rich walked and then came around to score after a sacrifice bunt and two infield errors by Bryant. The Bulldogs answered in the bottom half of the first on a two-out, two-RBI single by Nicole Sukowski off Harvard starter Kathleen Duncan.
The Crimson rallied for five runs in the top of the third inning to take the lead for good, as Rich once again got the rally going with a leadoff single up the middle, advancing to third on an outfield error. Sophomore Kaitlyn Schiffhauer drove Rich in with another single to tie the game at 2-2.
Harvard loaded the bases after Maddy Kaplan reached on another error, and Elizabeth Shively dropped down a bunt single. A sacrifice fly in foul territory off the bat of Catherine Callaway gave Harvard a 3-2 lead. Then Lockhart hit a three-run home run to left to make it 6-2 Crimson, knocking Burgin out of the game.
Duncan (4-6) worked out of trouble in the bottom of the fourth inning with a run home and runners on first and third and one out. She induced ground out from Gabrielle Ermish, then struck out Tiffany Bell to keep Harvard ahead, 6-3. After a two-out RBI single in the top of the fifth, Duncan retired her last batter of the game on a fly out. She went five innings, allowing four runs on eight hits while striking out four batters.
Senior pitcher Taylor Cabe came on in relief and allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the sixth inning without allowing a hit, as a sacrifice fly by Ermish made it 6-5. With a runner on second and two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, Cabe struck out Nicole Sukowski to earn the save and a win for the Crimson.
Harvard will continue Ivy League play against Yale this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders on April 15-16. First pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and all games will air on the Ivy League Digital Network.