Softball Splits Doubleheader on Trip to Rhode Island

Harvard softball suffered its first loss in almost two weeks yesterday afternoon against the University of Rhode Island (28-25).

The Crimson (22-19, 11-3 Ivy) sailed in the early game, winning 6-0. It lost a nail-biter in the second contest, as Harvard was out dueled, 1-0 in eight innings.

After securing a share of the Ivy League title against Dartmouth over the weekend, the Crimson headed to Providence for the first of a series of warm-up games.

In addition to URI, the Crimson will face Boston College on Thursday, in preparation for its three-game series with Cornell to determine who receives the Ivy League’s automatic bid for the NCAA tournament.

URI 1, Harvard 0

The Crimson found itself engaged in an extra-inning pitcher’s duel in the closing game.

Senior Chelsea Thoke, who started the game, was more than up to the challenge, as she pitched three hitless innings to start the game.

Despite striking out six, Thoke was pulled from the game, and freshman standout Kara Brotemarkle was brought in.