Sophomore Kaitlyn Schiffhauer went 3-for-3 with two doubles at Brown on Thursday. (Gil Talbot)
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Harvard softball team (18-17, 9-7 Ivy League) fell 4-0 at Brown (14-27, 4-12 Ivy League) in a game rescheduled from last Saturday. Sophomore centerfielder Kaitlyn Schiffhauer went 3-for-3 with two doubles and Harvard put runners on base in all but one inning, but failed to score.
The Crimson threatened to score in the top of the second inning, loading the bases with two outs on back-to-back singles by Melissa Lacro and Schiffhauer, followed by a seven-pitch walk from Dallas Hogan. But Brown pitcher Gina Chieffalo (CG, 7H) escaped the inning unscathed.
Starting pitcher Taylor Cabe pitched three scoreless innings before running into trouble in the fourth. Cabe retired the first two batters in the inning, but a walk was followed by a two-run home run by Julia Schoenewald to put Brown up 2-0. Sophomore Kathleen Duncan came on in relief of Cabe and got the final out of the inning.
Back-to-back RBI singles for Brown in the bottom of the fifth put the Bears up 4-0, but Schiffhauer prevented another run from scoring with a great throw from center field to get the final out of the inning at home.
Harvard was unable to rally in the late innings and suffered its first Ivy League loss in the last six conference games. The Crimson will take on Dartmouth this weekend in a home-and-home series, beginning with a doubleheader in Hanover, N.H. beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.