Senior Maddy Kaplan recorded the Crimson's first hit of the game with a double down the right field line in the fourth (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball (20-13, 13-5 Ivy) dropped the third game of the three-game series against Dartmouth (16-16, 10-5 Ivy), 3-1, on Sunday afternoon.
Dartmouth jumped on the scoreboard with a three-run homerun in the top of the first inning. It proved to be more than enough as the Big Green starter Breanna Ethridge kept the potent Crimson line up off balance for the first three innings.
The second time through the order Harvard was able to catch up to the Dartmouth right-hander. Senior Maddy Kaplan opened the top of the fourth pulling a line drive double down the first base line. After scampering 60 feet on a wild pitch, Kaplan came into score the lone Crimson run on an opposite field double off the bat of junior third baseman Erin Lockhart. But it was all Harvard was able to muster.
Junior right-hander Sarah Smith came in and kept Harvard in the ballgame, tossing the final three innings allowing just one hit, while striking out two. Additionally, the Somerset, N.J. native received exceptional play from her defense in the top of the sixth.
Following a three-base error to lead off the frame, Dartmouth was looking to add to its lead with a runner at third and no outs, but Harvard had other ideas. After a line out to shortstop for the first out, Smith got Calista Almer to fly out to Harvard freshman Alyssa Saldana in shallow center field. Saldana fired a bullet to sophomore backstop Lindey Kneib at the plate to throw out Schae Nelson for the final out and keep it a two-run game.
- Freshman Alyssa Saldana fired a bullet to sophomore backstop Lindey Kneib to throw out Schae Nelson and turn the 8-2 double play to end the top of the sixth.
- Junior third baseman Erin Lockhart with 1-3 with a double and an RBI from the middle of the Harvard line up.
- Junior right-hander Sarah Smith tossed three innings of relive allowing just one hit and striking out two.
Harvard returns to the diamond Tuesday afternoon on the road against Boston College. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m.