CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball (16-12, 9-4 Ivy) opened the three-game series against Penn (12-16, 7-6 Ivy) with a 9-1 victory on Friday afternoon.
The Crimson wasted little time, jumping on Quaker starter Mason Spichiger to push across four runs in the top of the first inning. Following back-to-back base hits by junior shortstop Rhianna Rich and senior Maddy Kaplan, the pair were standing in scoring position with one out when junior third baseman Erin Lockhart stepped to the plate.
Penn center fielder Katie Petroski made a diving play off Lockhart's shallow fly ball to center for the second out, but in the back door came Rich for the first run. Kaplan came into score the second Crimson run on a single through the right side off the bat of senior Alexa Altchek.
However, the Crimson was not done. Sophomore first baseman Olivia Giaquinto launched a two-run shot over the left field fence to cap off the four-run first inning.
Harvard scored once more in the bottom of the second, and answered with a three-run bottom of the fifth when Penn broke up the shut-out. But it was more than enough for junior left-hander Katie Duncan to earn her 11th victory of the season.
- Junior shortstop Rhianna Rich went 3-for-4 with two RBI from the top of the Crimson line up.
- Sophomore first baseman Olivia Giaquinto went 2-for-4 with a two-run homerun in the bottom of the first.
- Junior left-hander Katie Duncan improved to 11-7 on the season, tossing a complete game allowing one unearned run, while scattering five hits.
The two teams are back tomorrow afternoon, April 14, for a doubleheader beginning at 12:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.