PHILADELPHIA, Penn.- In its first Ivy League doubleheader on the season, the Harvard softball team (7-10, 1-2 Ivy) dropped the doubleheader day to Penn (11-9, 3-3 Ivy). The Crimson fell to the Quakers 12-2 followed by a 3-2 loss in game two.
Game 1: Harvard 2, Penn 12
Getting on the board in the bottom of the first, the Quakers strung together three runs off three hits, before adding another three the following inning for a six-run deficit for the Crimson. Responding at the top of the third, Harvard's Erin Lockhart took a pitch for a ride over the right field wall for the first Crimson tally.
First-years Trina Hoang and Teagan Shaw kept the momentum going connecting back-to-back singles to the green. With bases loaded due to a walk for Melito, Harvard struggled to bring the runners around and moved into the bottom of the third trailing, 6-1. Despite the spark of Crimson life, the Quakers continued its offense campaign collecting six more runs in the third and fourth to force the mercy rule in effect after the top of the fifth.
Game 2: Harvard 2, Penn 3
In the series deciding game, Harvard once again trailed early when Penn's Julia Schneider collected a two-run RBI double in the bottom of the second, before Penn crossed the plate on one more occasion in the fourth.
Harvard struggled to find the holes in the defense to get on the board until the top of the fifth. Kaitlin Schiffhauer began the inning by working the count for a lead-off walk, which Rihanna Rich followed up with an infield single. The pair then advanced to the base ahead on a Megan Welsh single to right. Now with runners in scoring position, Isabelle Haugh was hit by the pitch forcing the first Crimson run to cross the plate. Erin Lockhart collected her second RBI of the day, bringing Rich for a 3-2 ball game.
The hitting efforts seized for the remainder of the game as the Crimson ultimately fell short and dropped the series to the Quakers.
- First-year Megan Welsh collected three hits on the day, with two of them coming in the second contest.
- Senior Erin Lockhart collected two of the four RBI's for the Crimson.
The Crimson looks to its first home-opener of the season when it takes on Brown for a three-game series from March 30-31. A doubleheader is scheduled beginning at 12:30 p.m. on March 30 with the final contest the following afternoon at 12:30 p.m.