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Softball Falls to No. 6 Arizona, 5-1

Erin Lockhart gave the Crimson an early lead with a solo home run shot over the left-center wall.Photo by: Chris Hook
Erin Lockhart gave the Crimson an early lead with a solo home run shot over the left-center wall.Photo by: Chris Hook
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TUCSON, Ariz.- In its second-straight NCAA regional appearance coming against No. 6 Arizona, the Harvard softball team scored in the first inning, but fell, 5-1. Guided by Katie Duncan, the Crimson held the Wildcats scoreless for three-straight innings, before moving to 25-18 on the season.

Under the lights of the newly renovated Rita Hillenbrand Stadium, Erin Lockhart utilized the Crimson's score-first mentality and rocketed her second pitch of the at-bat deep and past the left-center bleachers for a solo home run. With the momentum favoring the Crimson, Katie Duncan tossed three-straight scoreless innings to keep a 1-0 Harvard lead over its ranked opponent. 

At the top of the third, Lockhart once again reached base on a walk, before Kaitlyn Schiffhauer worked the count for a walk of her own. 

The Wildcats struck during a two-out bottom of the fourth situation when Hannah Martinez singled to left field. Rylee Pierce then crossed the plate to create a tie ball game at 1-1. Both teams put forth their best defense until Arizona broke through and plated four more runs in the bottom of the sixth on back-to-back singles prior to two consecutive strikeouts by the hand of Duncan. Arizona's Taylor McQuillin dished the final three outs to hold off Harvard by a score of 5-1.

Harvard Highlights

  • Senior Erin Lockhart recorded her fourth home run of the season and went one-for-two with a walk on the day. She now ranks in the programs top-10 for career home runs with 16.
  • In the circle, Katie Duncan held her highest ranked opponent to three scoreless innings. The last time a Crimson pitcher held a PAC-12 opponent scoreless for three-straight innings came during Rachel Brown's 2012 regional matchup against Washington.
  • Additionally, the lefty pitcher struck out four batters, two of which came in back-to-back fashion.

Up Next
The Crimson moves to the consolation bracket in a win-or-go-home contest against Colorado State, tomorrow, May 18 at 8:30 p.m. EST on ESPN2. With a Harvard win, the team will continue play with an 11 p.m. EST contest against No. 24 Auburn or No. 6 Arizona.

 

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