Softball Clinches Spot in Ivy Playoff, Drops Season Series to Brown with Loss Sunday Afternoon

The Crimson drops the season series to Brown (Gil Talbot).
The Crimson drops the season series to Brown (Gil Talbot).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Harvard softball (21-16, 14-7 Ivy) closed out the regular season, dropping the season series against Brown (11-13, 5-13 Ivy) following an 11-3 loss late Sunday afternoon. However, depsite the loss, the Crimson clinched a spot in the Ivy League three-game playoff. Schedule, location and opponent are to-be-determined.

Junior Rhianna Rich extended her hitting streak to 11 games, lining a base-hit into right center to plate classmate, Meagan Lantz with the first run of the game and give the Crimson the 1-0 lead. However, the Bears answered scoring 10 unanswered runs – five runs in the bottom of the first, and five more in the home half of the second.

The Crimson mounted a comeback, pushing across a pair of runs in the top of the third. Junior backstop Elizabeth Shively laced a one-out single the opposite way to bring home seniors Maddy Kaplan and Melissa Lacro to cut the deficit to seven runs. 

But Harvard was unable to complete the comeback. The Bears scored once more in the bottom of the sixth to increase the lead to eight runs.

Junior left-hander Katie Duncan took the loss, dropping her to 14-9 on the season. Classmate, right-hander Sarah Smith pitched well, tossing three innings of solid relief without allowing around, while scattering three hits and striking out one.

Harvard Highlights

  • Junior Rhianna Rich extended her hitting streak to 11 games with an RBI single in the top of the first. It is the second longest streak for the Crimson this season.
  • Junior Meagan Lantz went one-for-three with a double and a run scored.
  • Junior catcher Elizabeth Shively was one-for-three with two RBI.