HANOVER, N.H.- The Harvard softball team concluded its series with Dartmouth (6-23, 3-9 Ivy) with a 4-3 victory for a sweep on the weekend. The Crimson improves to 16-14 overall with a 9-3 mark in Ivy League play.
For the third consecutive game, the Crimson struck first with a run at the top of the first inning beginning with a Trina Hoang walk followed by a stolen base and a fly out to right to advance to third. Meagan Lantz then capitalized on a Dartmouth fielding error which brought in Hoang. Harvard would put forth a dominant defense to leave the Big Green scoreless throughout six-straight innings.
Harvard struck again at the top of the fifth inning when Morgan Melito led off with a double down the left field line before Erin Lockhart traded places as she tallied her own double to left field. One pitching change later Megan Welsh drove in Lockhart before Welsh found herself crossing the plate when Rhianna Rich singled to center field to exit the half inning with a 4-0 lead. With just three outs left in the contest, Dartmouth began a small rally in attempts to overcome the deficit but Harvard was able to come out on top.
- Left-handed pitcher Katie Duncan recorded six strikeouts while allowing just five hits.
- Rhianna Rich, Erin Lockhart and Megan Welsh each recorded a RBI during the contest.
- The Crimson is now tied with Columbia for the first place slot in conference standings.
The Crimson quickly turns around for a Tuesday evening game at Providence with first pitch at 4 p.m.