ITHACA, N.Y. – Harvard softball (10-11, 3-3 Ivy) dropped the season series to Cornell (7-9, 2-1 Ivy), splitting Monday afternoon's twin-billing, following a 14-3 win in game one and a 7-2 loss in game two.
Senior Maddy Kaplan extended her hitting streak to 12 games, going two-for-six with three RBI, while junior Rhianna Rich went five-for-eight at the dish with five two doubles, two triples, and five RBI.
Game 1: Harvard 14, Cornell 3
The Crimson bats came alive in the first game of the doubleheader, scoring at least once in the first four innings to put up 14 runs on the Big Red. Rich tied her career single-game best driving in three runs, while going three-for-four with two triples.
Harvard jumped on the scoreboard pushing across one run in the top of the first, but Cornell responded in the home-half, tying the game at one. However, in the top of the second junior left-hander Kathleen Duncan helped her own cause launching a two-out solo homerun to straight away center field to re-gain the lead.
The Crimson was not done. With runners in scoring position due to an error in the middle infield, Rich lined an opposite field single through the left side to bring home senior left fielder Alexa Altchek with Harvard's third run.
A second time through the lineup, the Crimson jumped on Big Red starter Katie Lew, batting around to put up a crooked number six to take the 9-1 advantage in the top of the third. Harvard added to its lead pushing across five runs in the top of the fourth.
Improving to 7-7 on the season, Duncan tossed a complete game, five innings allowing three runs, only two earned, while striking out three.
Game 2: Cornell 7, Harvard 2
Kaplan and Rich opened the second game of the twin-bill with back-to-back doubles to give Harvard a quick 1-0 advantage. Three batters later, Rich came in to score the Crimson's second run on a fielder's choice by sophomore Olivia Giaquinto.
Cornell answered in the bottom of the second, batting around to score six runs, which was more than enough for Big Red game two starter, Lisa Nelson. Over three innings, Nelson retired nine straight Crimson batters to earn her fourth win of the season.
Rich went two-for-four with two doubles and an RBI from the top of the Crimson line-up, while Kaplan extended her hitting streak 12 games going one-for-three. Junior Sarah Smith tossed three innings of relive allowing one unearned run on two hits, while striking out three.
- Senior center fielder Maddy Kaplan extended her hitting streak to 12 games, going two-for-six with three RBI, and three runs scored.
- Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich tied her career single-game high driving four runs in game one.
Harvard breaks from conference play with a single-game against Holy Cross at 4 p.m. in Worcester, Mass.