CAMBRIDGE, Mass.- Nearly a year to the day since recording her 600th career win, the 2018 Ragatz Family Harvard Women's Coach of Excellence and head coach Jenny Allard collected her 300th Ivy League win in a 14-1 victory over Columbia in today's early afternoon contest at Soldiers Field. The Crimson (11-14, 5-3) later fell to the Lions (14-13, 6-2) in the second of the doubleheader day, 10-9.
Game 1, W; 14-1 (5 innings)
Columbia wasted no time getting on the board during the top of the first inning as they loaded the bases before a walk from Katie Duncan forced Maria Pagane to cross the plate. Despite the early run, Duncan and the rest of the Crimson defense would not let up a single run for the remainder of the game.
Harvard quickly responded with just the beginning of many Crimson runs to follow. In the bottom of the first, Trina Hoang reached base on a single to short before swiping the base ahead of her. Meagan Lantz, Morgan Melito and Erin Lockhart strung together back-to-back smacks to give the Crimson a 3-1 lead. Another Crimson run crossed the plate in the third when Erin Lockhart brought in Melito who had reached base on a double to the center field wall.
Harvard's offense dominated the fourth inning as a bases-loaded walk forced Megan Welsh to cross the plate for the first of 10 runs in the inning. Shortly after, Melito doubled down the right field line to bring around Kaitlyn Schiffhauer and Rhianna Rich. The Crimson cycled through the line up before the defense collected the final three outs to force the mercy rule in effect.
Game 2, L; 10-9
In attempts to capture the series win over the Lions, the Crimson fought throughout all seven innings, but ultimately fell for a split day. Harvard carried its momentum from the previous contest into the bottom of the first when Schiffhauer drove in Rich with a single to right center. The second inning was action packed between both teams as Columbia strung seven-straight runs for the lead before the Crimson chipped away to cut the deficit with three of its own.
The scoring drives took a back seat until the bottom of the fifth when a single through the left side and a Rhianna Rich single to left cut the deficit to two, but Columbia added three more runs immediately after. Now down to its last three outs, Harvard willed three more runs but couldn't bring in the remaining runners on base for a comeback victory.
- In her 25th season at the helm for the Crimson, the 300th Ivy League win for Allard comes just two days short from a year since she collected her 600th career victory also coming against Columbia on April, 7 2019.
- First-year Megan Welsh paved the way for the Crimson as she drove in five total runs throughout both contests and went three-for-five with a walk.
- Katie Duncan improves to 6-3 on the season while adding six more strikeouts to her count.
Harvard concludes its series against Columbia tomorrow afternoon, April 7 at 12:30 p.m. at Soldiers Field. Broadcast will air on ESPN+.