CAMBRDIGE, Mass.- The Harvard softball team (12-14) added another conference win to go 6-3 against its Ancient Eight opponents after taking the series against Columbia in the 9-1 afternoon success. The Crimson additionally moves in the standings to a second-place tie with Columbia and Princeton.
The afternoon play kicked off with a scoreless first half inning before Harvard jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a Morgan Melito three-run laser to the scoreboard before Elizabeth Shively continued her own RBI down the right-field line. Columbia came together for just one counter run in the second, but Harvard resumed its scoring drive when Kaitlyn Schiffhauer drove the ball up the middle to bring around Megan Welsh.
Now with a six-run cushion, senior Katie Duncan settled in in the circle and allowed her defense to work a three-up-three down scenario in back-to-back innings. Throughout the bottom of the fourth, the Crimson pushed to have two more runs cross the plate to force the run-rule in effect upon another scoreless defense half inning. Harvard accomplished just that when a bases- loaded walk forced Rhianna Rich to make her way followed by a Erin Lockhart hit-by-pitch forcing another run. With just three outs left, Columbia's Alexandra Yule worked her way on base, but the Lions could not bring her around to stop the run rule from taking effect.
- Morgan Melito led the charge for the Crimson after batting 1.000 with three RBI's and walk.
- Kaitlyn Schiffhauer kept the momentum up for Harvard throughout the game as she posted a perfect batting average on three at bats including two runs and two RBI's.
- Over her five innings in the circle, Katie Duncan allowed just five hits while picking up her seventh win of the season.
The Crimson continues home play in a quick turn-around contest against crosstown neighbor, Boston University on April 9 at 4 p.m. Broadcast will air on ESPN+.