JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- On day two of the Jacksonville Classic, the Harvard softball team delivered two 3-2 wins over Delaware (4-7) and Jacksonville (5-6). The Crimson moves to 2-2 on the season.
Game 1: Harvard 3, Delaware 2
In its first meeting in program history, the Crimson bested the Blue Hens 3-2 for the first win on the season. Opening up scoring play, Delaware's Halle Kisamore hit a solo homerun over the left field fence before the Crimson came to the plate to respond with a run of its own. Senior Rhianna Rich began the Crimson attack by dropping a bunt before stealing second to place herself in scoring position. Rich proceeded to advance to third off an infield play forced by Erin Lockhart before Morgan Melito brought in an awaiting Rich on a full-count single.
The Crimson's offense continued into the following inning as Tegan Shaw launched a frozen rope up the middle before Kaitlyn Schiffhauer found a hole through the left side for a single. With bases loaded, Trina Hoang hit a sacrifice fly to the right side, allowing a speedy Shaw to score for a Harvard lead.
Throughout the remainder of the game, the Crimson added an insurance run in the bottom of the fourth from Rich's single that brought in Mackenzie Tyler. In a last-minute effort, the Blue Hens' tallied another run before Grace Krantz struck out the final batter to bring a Crimson victory.
Game 2: Harvard 3, Jacksonville 2
In a rematch against the Dolphins, it quickly became a pitcher's duel as the game remained scoreless until Jacksonville rallied a two-run lead at the bottom of the fourth. Harvard kept the Dolphins scoreless for the following two innings, allowing for Harvard to take the lead at the top of the sixth.
Leading off for Harvard, Meagan Lantz roped a single to left field before Lockhart reached on a Dolphins' error. With runners on first and second and down to its final out of the inning, pinch hitter Teagan Shaw launched one over the fence to bring about the Crimson lead. Harvard upheld a strong defense to keep the Jacksonville bats quiet to secure a Harvard win.
- Senior Meagan Lantz batted .500 on the day going three-for-six and a walk.
- First-year pitcher Grace Krantz tallied five strikeouts on the day.
- First-year Teagan Shaw tabbed the game winning three-run homer in the rematch against Jacksonville.
The Crimson concludes the Jacksonville Classic in another rematch contest with the Delaware Blue Hens on Feb. 24 at 9 a.m.