Following a hot start to its 2017 season, the Harvard women’s softball team faltered in Honolulu, Hawaii at the Rainbow Wahine Classic, losing six of its seven contests. All told, Harvard played 12 games in nine days between the Long Beach State Tournament and the tournament in Hawaii.
The Harvard softball team wrapped up a nearly perfect weekend in California to open spring break play. Finishing 4-1, the Crimson won four straight against San Diego State, Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, and Longwood, before coming up short in a rematch with San Diego State.
The fall has Harvard-Yale. The winter culminates in the madness of March. While the spring lacks a signature event, this 2017 season brings four teams with compelling storylines. Follow softball, baseball, men's lacrosse, and women's lacrosse as the teams vie for Ivy success and individual glory.
Despite coming out on top in game two to force a third game, Harvard (29-17, 16-4 Ivy League) fell to Princeton (23-26, 14-6) 8-3, giving the South Division Champion Tigers the Ivy League title after defeating the North Division Champion Crimson two games to one.
Down to the final inning of the 2016 regular season, Harvard softball faced elimination from playoff contention on Tuesday.
Heading into weekend play against Brown, Harvard softball sat just three games behind Dartmouth for the top spot in the Ivy League standings. As a fly ball settled into the glove of freshman left fielder Kaitlyn Schiffhauer for the final out of the home series, the Crimson cut Dartmouth’s lead to a solitary game.
Up against the Providence Friars at Glay Stadium, the Crimson scored seven times in the opening three frames, paving the way for a 8-2 Harvard win—its 10th in the last 11 games.
The Harvard softball team spent its weekend in New Haven, picking up three wins in four games against Ivy rival Yale. The Crimson shut out the Bulldogs in its last matchup, 6-0, after a weekend of closely contested tilts. Harvard has now won nine of its last ten matchups.