WORCESTER, Mass.- The Harvard softball team (10-13) fell to the Crusaders (4-22), 6-4, in an evening in-state contest at Holy Cross on April 2.
Lead-off batter Rhianna Rich was quick to get on for the Crimson with a slap-hit line drive over the shortstop's head before using her speed to advance 60 feet. Following behind, Trina Hoang worked the count for a walk, but the Crimson struggled to bring the two early runners around.
Grace Krantz began her start with a strikeout, but the Crusaders made work around the bases as Jessie Nagel brought around Bailey Chavez for the first score of the game and the lead, 1-0. After two more runs from Holy Cross in the bottom of the second, Alissa Heiner headed to the mound for relief, but the Crimson entered the third trailing 4-0.
The fourth inning saw a lead-off double to center field from Teagan Shaw, before Erin Lockhart switched positions as she collected a RBI-double to left field. Keeping the momentum going, Elizabeth Shively smacked an RBI liner to right field before Harvard left the Crusaders scoreless in the bottom half, but still chasing two runs.
Down to its last scoring chance in the top of the seventh, Lindey Kneib capitalized on an error from the right fielder before advancing to second. Within two days of hitting her second career home run, Kaitlyn Schiffhauer took one over the fence to bring the Crimson within two. Harvard struggled to put additional runs on the scoreboard as they fell to the Crusaders, 6-2.
- Senior Kaitlyn Schiffhauer recorded second home run of the season within just two days of each other. The blast marks the senior's third career.
- First-year Grace Krantz and Katie Duncan picked up a strikeout each.
The Crimson continues its conference homestand with a three-game series against Columbia, April 6-7. Opening up with a doubleheader