Fortunately for the Harvard softball team, the remainder of its regular season schedule features no more games south of the Mason-Dixon Line.
This spring, the Southland has been anything but kind to the Crimson (5-16), whose tour of Georgia and Virginia last week resulted mostly in a combination of close losses and embarrassing blowouts.
The Crimson fell in all but three of its 12 games during spring break. A 7-2 victory over Radford last Wednesday and a pair of wins over Liberty this weekend were the week's lone bright spots.
The Crimson twice nearly scored an upset over No. 24 East Carolina in this weekend's Hudson-Hokie Classic in Blacksburg, Va., but came up short in both games. Harvard was thus forced to take solace in yesterday's tight win over Liberty in the tournament's consolation game.
HARVARD 10, LIBERTY 9
After giving up a game-tying run to Liberty in the top of the seventh, Harvard scored a run of its own in the bottom half of the inning to secure a 10-9 win over the Flames.
With the victory, the Crimson claimed third place in the tournament hosted by Virginia Tech.
Harvard sophomore thrower Sarah Koppel was credited with the win, improving her record to 3-5.