NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Harvard (9-8, 2-1 Ivy) bats went quiet in the final game of the three-game series with rival Yale (3-15, 1-2 Ivy) as the Crimson dropped the series finale, 7-0, on a cold Sunday afternoon.
Yale found the holes early and took advantage of a defensive miscue in the bottom of the second to jump out in front, 3-0. It proved to be enough for Bulldog pitcher Miranda Papes, who quelled a potent Crimson offense, the last two games, for seven innings allowing just three hits.
Making her fifth start behind the dish, sophomore backstop Lindey Kneib went two-for-three, including a two-out double to straightaway center field in the top of the second. Senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan extended her hitting streak to nine games, beating out a bunt single in the top of the first.
Junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan took the loss, dropping her bac to 6-6 on the season after allowing three runs, only two earned, on three hits in two innings of work. After entering the game with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the fifth, junior right hander Sarah Smith got Bulldog catcher Madison Sack to pop out to first on the first pitch to get out of the inning. Smith pitched the last 1.1 innings allowing just two hits.
- Senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan extended her hitting streak to nine games going 1-for-3 with an infield single in the first inning.
- Kaplan has posted a .606 batting average (20-33) with six doubles, one homerun, and 17 RBI in her last nine games.
- Sophomore catcher Lindey Kneib led the Crimson going 2-3 with a double from the bottom of the batting order.
Harvard returns to the diamond next weekend with a three-game set in Ithaca, N.Y. against Cornell, beginning with a doubleheader on March 24. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. The series will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.