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.
Building upon a five-game winning streak, the Harvard softball team exploded for 10 runs for the third consecutive contest Thursday afternoon, defeating the University of Maine, 10-7, at Soldiers Field.
Star junior pitcher Taylor Cabe picked up her tenth victory of the season in the second game against Penn as the Crimson swept Colubmia and the Quakers to improve its conference record to 6-2. With the results, Harvard claimed second place in the Ancient Eight behind Ivy leader Dartmouth.
In her junior campaign, pitcher Taylor Cabe, shown in previous action against Rhode Island, has shown marked improvement—going from a 4.12 ERA during her sophomore season to just 2.85 in 2016. Cabe gave up just one run in 14 innings of work this weekend against Cornell and Princeton.
As Harvard softball begins its Ivy League slate, the team finds itself jostling for position within the league, tied with four other teams with a 2-2 record. One factor in the Crimson’s potential rise to the top of the league will be continued dominance on the mound by junior righthander Taylor Cabe.
Two dominant starts from junior Taylor Cabe carried the Crimson to its two victories of the weekend, one each against the Tigers and the Big Red. Harvard scored 15 combined runs against Cornell while only managing to touch home once against Princeton.
Two runs knocked in by the Crimson’s 3-4 combo of Meagan Lantz and Savannah Bradley in the bottom of the third, paired with five innings of one-hit ball tossed by Morgan Groom, lifted the Harvard softball team past Boston College on Tuesday.