As the sun went down in Rhode Island, the Harvard softball team (9-9) watched their chance for redemption set with it. After falling to Bryant (6-11), 6-3, in the first game of a double header, the Crimson bounced back with a commanding 7-0 lead in game two.
But the umpire was forced to call the second game before its completion, due to darkness and a lack of field lighting. Game two—which likely would have resulted in a Crimson victory—will not appear on either team’s record.
HARVARD 7, BRYANT 0
A united effort at the plate and strong pitching from freshman Laura Ricciardone put Harvard up by seven before the game was called in the top of the fifth.
“It’s just bad luck,” Crimson coach Jenny Allard said. “The first game took too long and ate away at the time for the second game. It’s too bad we didn’t get it in.”
Ricciardone only gave up three hits in four innings, giving Harvard’s offense some comfort at the plate.
Co-captain and second baseman Ellen Macadam went 2-for-3, driving in a run and scoring one herself, to continue a stellar season at the plate. Macadam is currently batting .429 on the year.
“Ellen has been on fire lately,” junior ace Rachel Brown said. “She’s an anchor in that leadoff hitting position. We love having her in that role.”
Sophomore lefty Stephanie Regan went 1-2 and knocked in two more runs during the Crimson scoring run. Junior infielder Whitney Shaw had another RBI on the day as Harvard scored three more unearned runs on 12 hits in the light-shortened game.
Before the game was called, the Crimson had runners on first and second with no outs, looking to extend its already sizable advantage.
The matchup will not count towards the teams’ official records.
BRYANT 6, HARVARD 3
In the first game of yesterday’s double-header, Harvard fell to the hosting Bulldogs, despite Brown’s game-high 11 strikeouts.
“It was definitely a tough loss,” Brown said. “Today had to be a turning point for our season, and personally I wasn’t that sharp. We didn’t have our typical energy.”
The Crimson opened the game leaving two runners on base—a recurring theme in the match—when junior Mari Zumbro struck out swinging to end the top of the first. The scoring started on a bases- loaded walk with two outs in the bottom half of the first, putting Bryant up 1-0.