JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- Opening up the 2019 season in the Sunshine State, the Harvard (0-2) softball team dropped its first two contests to LIU-Brooklyn (6-6) and Jacksonville (5-5).
Game 1: Harvard 0, LIU-Brooklyn 2
The first match-up of the 2019 season came in a strong defensive fashion against the Blackbirds. Both teams remained scoreless through the first three innings until LIU-Brooklyn snagged the only two runs of the game in the top of the fourth.
With offensive efforts for the Crimson coming in the bottom of the seventh, Meagan Lantz capitalized on a fielding error from the Blackbirds to leadoff the final frame. Shortly after, Erin Lockhart reached on a fielder's choice before advancing to second. With a runner in scoring position, Elizabeth Shively singled up the middle bringing life to the Crimson's offense and moving Lockhart just 60 feet away from scoring. Despite the late push, Harvard fell to LIU-Brooklyn, 2-0.
Game 2: Harvard 0, Jacksonville 8
Rounding out the first day of competition against host Jacksonville, the Crimson dropped the 8-0 decision after the Dolphins jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the bottom of the first before adding four more in the bottom of the sixth. Meagan Lantz and Alyssa Saldana recorded the only two hits for Harvard, both of which to the right side.
- Senior Katie Duncan tallied five strikeouts throughout five innings in her season debut against LIU-Brooklyn.
- In her first-career at bat for the Crimson, Trina Hoang doubled down the right-field line against the Blackbirds.
- Senior Kaitlyn Schiffhauer led the Harvard in hits, going 2-for-2 against the Blackbirds and posting a .500 batting average overall on the day.
The Crimson continues play in the Jacksonville Classic tomorrow, Feb. 23 with contests against Delaware at 10:30 a.m. and a rematch with host Jacksonville at 3:30 p.m.