The Crimson split Saturday afternoon's doubleheader against the Bears (Gil Talbot).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harvard softball (21-15, 14-6 Ivy) split Saturday afternoon's Ivy League doubleheader against Brown (10-25, 4-13 Ivy) following a 6-1 win in game one and a 3-2 loss in game two.
Game 1: Harvard 6, Brown 1
Sending eight batters to the plate in the top of the first, the Crimson pushed across a trio of runs. With a pair of runners in scoring position and one out, junior Rhianna Rich extended her hitting streak to nine games, beating out an infield single, and in the back door came Lockhart. Moments later, Lantz scored Harvard's second run on a successful double steal attempt.
The Bears were able to get one run back in the home half of the first, but it was all Brown as able to muster. Junior left-hander Katie Duncan settled down, retiring 11 straight Bears before giving up a two-out double in the bottom of the sixth.
Tossing her ninth complete game of the season, Duncan improved to 14-8 on the season allowing just one run on four hits, while striking out five Brown hitters.
Game 2: Brown 3, Harvard 2
Brown scored three unanswered runs in the fourth and fifth innings to claim the second game of the twin bill, 3-2.
Similar to game one, the Crimson wasted little time pushing across two runs in the top of the first inning. Entering the game with a nine-game hitting streak, Rich lined a one out, opposite field single down the third base line to plate Lockhart with the game's first run. After pinch-runner senior Dallas Hogan swiped second to give Harvard runners on second and third with one out, sophomore backstop Lindey Kneib pulled a single into left field to bring home Lantz with the second run.
It appeared as if it was all Harvard would need. Junior right-hander Sarah Smith kept the Brown offense off balance, retiring eight straight through the first three innings. However, the second time through the batting order the Bears were able to tie up the game, scoring twice in the fourth inning. An inning later, in the home half of the fifth Brown pushed across the game-winner on a sacrifice fly.
Smith suffered her first loss of the season, dropping her back to 5-1, after allowing three runs on five hits through six innings.
- Junior Rhianna Rich extended her hitting streak to 10 games going 2-2 with two RBI on the day.
- Junior left-hander Katie Duncan improved to 14-8 after allowing one run on four hits, while striking out five in game one.
- Junior Meagan Lantz, who was a perfect four-for-four with a homerun in game one, finished the day 5-6 with four runs scored.
Harvard and Brown will play the rubber game of the series tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is slated for 3 p.m. and will be broadcast on the Ivy League Network.