NEW YORK – The Harvard softball team (14-12, 7-4 Ivy) split Friday afternoon's doubleheader against Columbia (13-15, 6-5 Ivy) with a 5-4 come-from-behind win in game one before dropping game two, 6-1, on Friday afternoon.
Senior right fielder Alexa Altchek, who went three-for-seven on the day with a double, and two RBI, has reached base safely via a walk or a base-hit in her last 11 games for the Crimson.
Game 1: Harvard 5, Columbia 4
The Crimson answered a four-run bottom of the sixth from the Lions by putting up a crooked number three a half inning later to take the first game of the doubleheader, 5-4.
Trailing 4-2 heading into its final at-bats of the game, Harvard took advantage of a Columbia defensive error to lead-off the frame. Held hitless in her first three plate apperances, senior Maddy Kaplan came through with runners in scoring position. Extending her hitting streak to 13 games, Kaplan lined a single back where it came from to bring home juniors Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and Rhianna Rich to tie the game. Three batters later, senior third baseman Alexa Altchek brought home Kaplan with the game-winner, roping a double down the left field line.
Junior left-hander Katie Duncan earned the decision, improving to 10-7 on the year, after allowing four runs, only one earned, while scattering six hits.
Game 2: Columbia 6, Harvard 1
Altchek put Harvard on the board in the top of the first, with an opposite field single to drive in Kaplan with game two's first run. However, Columbia answered an inning later, pushing across a run of its own in the bottom of the second to tie the game a one.
The ballgame stood all square at 1-1 for the next two innings before the Lions offense put up a five spot in the bottom of the fifth. It was all Columbia needed as Maura Lynch tossed the final two innings, getting sound defense from the infielders behind her.
Altchek finished the game going one-for-three with an RBI, while junior second baseman Meaghan Lantz went two-for-three with a stolen base.
- Senior right fielder Alexa Altchek has reached base safely in her last 11 straight games after going 3-7 with a double and an RBI.
- Senior Maddy Kaplan extended her hitting streak to 13 games going 1-4 at the plate with two RBI in game one.
- Junior left-hander Katie Duncan improved to 10-6 in the circle after tossing a complete game in game one, allowing just one earned run on six hits.
Harvard and Columbia will play the rubber game of the series on Sunday April 8. First pitch is slated for 12:30 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.