PRINCETON, N.J.- After an hour delay due to rain, the Harvard softball team (17-15, 10-3 Ivy) bested the Princeton Tigers (12-20, 8-5 Ivy), 4-3, in the late afternoon contest today, April 20. Harvard now holds sole possession as the top team in the league standings with the victory.
For its fifth-consecutive time, the Crimson has put up the first score either in the first or second inning against its opponent. With a leadoff hit-by-pitch on Rhianna Rich, Trina Hoang singled to first to allow Rich to advance to third. Now with a runner in scoring position Kaitlyn Schiffhauer drove the ball to deep right field for a sacrifice fly as Rich crossed the plate before exiting the half inning with the one-run lead.
Harvard continued to hold the Tigers scoreless throughout the following two innings, while continuing to add two more runs during the top of the third. Once again as leadoff, Rich singled up the middle before Hoang capitalized on a Princeton fielding error. After advancing 60 feet, Erin Lockhart brought in awaiting runners with a double to the right center gap and a 3-0 score. The Tigers quickly answered back with a single run to inch their way closer, but Katie Duncan and the aid of her defense left their opponents scoreless for the following three innings to keep the lead.
In the top of the seventh, Harvard struck again when Schiffhauer collected another RBI on a single to left field. Down to the final three outs of the contest, Princeton scrounged up two more runs in a final fighting effort, but ultimately the Crimson came out on top to take game one of the series.
- Senior left-handed pitcher Katie Duncan moves to 11-3 on the season after recording four strikeouts and just two walkouts in her complete outing.
- Fellow senior Erin Lockhart continues her RBI streak by adding two RBI's in the 4-3 victory. She now has collected at least one RBI in her last four appearances.
- Harvard moves to the top of the Ivy League with its 10-3 conference record.
The Crimson concludes its weekend series with the Tigers in a doubleheader, tomorrow, Sunday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Broadcast coverage will air on ESPN+ for both contests.