The Crimson opens at home with a doubleheader sweep of Princeton (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball (12-11, 5-3 Ivy) swept Saturday afternoon's doubleheader against Princeton (4-17, 2-3 Ivy) following an 11-3 win in game one and a 6-3 victory in game two.
The Crimson flashed the leather defensively in game two, turning three double-plays, while junior Kaitlyn Schiffhauer made a diving catch for the first out of the seventh inning. Junior second baseman Meagan Lantz powered the offense. The southeastern Florida native went five-for-eight with a double, and two RBI.
Game 1: Harvard 11, Princeton 3
The second time seeing Princeton starter Allie Reynolds, the Crimson batted around to put up eight runs in the third inning and erase a 3-0 deficit, to cruise to the five-inning, 11-3, victory.
In her second at bat of the third inning, junior shortstop Rhianna Rich knocked Reynolds out of the ballgame lacing a triple to the base of the center field wall, plating Schiffhauer and catcher Lindey Kneib. Rich came in to score the eighth run of the frame when junior second baseman Meagan Lantz beat out an infield grounder up the middle.
Rich notched her 11th straight multi-hit game, finishing the game going two-for-two with a triple, and three runs scored, while driving in two runners. Lantz went three-for-four from the top of the order with a double, and an RBI.
Junior left-hander Katie Duncan earned the win to improve to 8-7 on the season, after allowing just three runs on seven hits, and striking out four.
Game 2: Harvard 6, Princeton 3
Princeton threatened early in game two. Center fielder Megan Donahey led off with a base hit over the third baseman, before advancing to third two batters later. With one out and runners at the corners, the Tigers looked poised to score, but Harvard starter Sarah Smith got help from Rich. Rich turned the first of three Crimson twin-killings in the game on slow grounder up the middle off the bat of Kaylee Grant.
The Crimson offense gave its junior starter two runs to work with, scoring twice in the home half of the frame. It proved to be more than enough for Smith who went on to retire 10 straight Tiger batters, while allowing one hit over four innings to earn her second win of the season.
Junior Erin Lockhart went two-for-three with a double and two RBI from the middle of the Crimson lineup, while Lantz was also two-for-three with an RBI.
- Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich recorded her 11th multi-hit game of the season, going two-for-two in game one.
- Junior left-hander Katie Duncan picked up her eighth win, tossing five innings in game one's 11-3 win, and earned a save in game two.
- Junior Sarah Smith retired 10 straight Tigers in game two to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Harvard returns to the diamond tomorrow for the game three of the series against Princeton. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.