ITHACA, N.Y. – Harvard softball (9-10, 2-2 Ivy) began a three-game Ivy League road series against Cornell (6-8, 1-0 Ivy) with a tough 6-2 loss on Sunday afternoon.
The Crimson was first on the scoreboard, scoring once in the top of the second inning. With the bases loaded and two outs, senior left fielder Dallas Hogan reached on catcher's interference to bring home freshman right fielder Alyssa Saldana with the game's first run.
Cornell came back to tie the ballgame two innings later, pushing a run across the plate in the bottom of the fourth. The following inning the Big Red put up a crooked number five to take a 6-1 lead.
Down to its final chance, the Crimson threatened in the top of the seventh. Senior pinch hitter Melissa Lacro opened the frame with a double up the middle. After advancing 60 feet on a wild pitch, senior left fielder Alex Altcheck single to the left side of the infield to give Harvard runners at the corners and no outs. Two batters later, fellow senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan pulled a double down the right field line to plate Lacro. But it's all the Crimson would get.
Junior left fielder Kathleen Duncan took the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits in four innings, dropping back to 6-7 on the season.
- Senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan extended her hitting streak to 10 games going 2-for-4 with a walk and an RBI.
- Senior Melissa Lacro scored the first run of the game, and went 1-for-1 with a run scored.
- Sophomore Alissa Heiner tossed a 1.2 innings of relief allowing one hit, while striking out one.
Harvard and Cornell will play two games tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network .