Softball Goes 3-2 at San Diego Classic
The Harvard softball team began its spring-break California trip by going 3-2 at the San Diego Classic.
The Crimson opened the weekend with a win against Colorado St and closed Friday with a loss to San Jose State. On Saturday, it dropped its first game against Long Beach State but split the day after dominating Miami of Ohio. Harvard completed the five-game Classic with a loss to San Diego on Sunday evening.
Olson said the team was impressed with the performance of its freshman class, which played in its third collegiate tournament.
"They are doing a really good job of not playing like freshmen,” junior co-captain right fielder Shelbi Olson said. “It’s obviously hard not having that experience, but when we all step on the field, no one knows what class you are. We are all wearing the same uniform and the same colors.”
SAN DIEGO 2, HARVARD 1
In the Crimson’s second close loss of the weekend, Harvard was outhit five to four. Harvard’s only run came in the third when sophomore left fielder Andrea Del Conte reached on a throwing error and scored on a Katherine Lantz single—the sophomore second baseman’s second hit of the night.
San Diego tied it up in the fourth and the two teams went into the seventh locked at 1-1. In the bottom of the seventh, the Toreros scored the winning run when shortstop Kylie Ordos drew a leadoff walk, took second on a sacrifice bunt, and came home on an RBI single by centerfielder Dana Prelsnik.
Freshman Morgan Groom pitched the complete game and allowed two runs on five hits and four walks.
HARVARD 7, MIAMI (OHIO) 2
After putting up one run in the second, the Crimson fell behind in the top of the third. But a four-run fifth and two-run sixth ensured Harvard the victory.
Although no Harvard hitter reached base more than once, the Crimson was able to string together hits, and Del Conte, Lantz, and sophomore catcher Katherine Appelbe all had two-RBI games.
The Redhawks scored two in the third but were blanked for the remainder of the game. Groom pitched the complete game and gave up three hits and a walk.
Harvard’s biggest offensive showing came in the fifth, with four runs on three hits and a throwing error by Miami shortstop Kylie McChesney.
LONG BEACH ST 3, HARVARD 2
Lantz had a perfect day at the plate and accounted for three of Harvard’s six hits, but the Crimson dropped its first Sunday matchup.