With a trip to the Ivy League Championship Series at stake on the season’s final weekend, the Harvard softball team matched up against Dartmouth for a home-and-home series.
The Crimson received contributions from its entire roster in a 9-3 win over Bryant on Tuesday. All four of the team’s pitchers were on the mound for at least an inning, and four pinch hitters capitalized on opportunities to have at bats against the Bulldogs.
In its last home stand of the season, the Harvard softball team came out with a strong showing against Yale, going 3-1 on the weekend to climb above the .500 mark overall.
With two outs and two on base in the top of the first inning, sophomore infielder Giana Panariello stepped up to the plate and belted one into deep right field. 3-0, Harvard. While the blast seemed like the start of a sweet night, it would turn sour five innings later as the Crimson's early lead turned into a devastating defeat.
It is do-or-die time now for Harvard, which currently sits in second place behind Dartmouth in the North Division of the Ivy League.
Junior Morgan Groom allowed two runs in 3.2 innings pitched against the Terriers after relieving sophomore Taylor Cabe in the fourth inning.
The Crimson came out "flat" in a 6-2 loss to the Terriers on Tuesday afternoon.
Senior pitcher Laura Ricciardone joined with sophomore Taylor Cabe to dominate Princeton in a doubleheader Saturday to help extend their Ivy win streak to eight games.
This weekend, the Harvard softball team extended its winning streak to six games at home against Ancient Eight rivals Cornell and Princeton.
Sophomore pitcher Taylor Cabe has shown strides in her second season with Harvard, tossing over 50 innings already this year.
In the sport of softball, only one thing is guaranteed every play: the pitcher will throw the ball. Every subsequent event that unfolds on the field depends on the pitcher’s actions, and for that reason, the control lies in her hands.
The Crimson has high expectations for Ivies with the core of last year's roster back.
For the past two years, the Harvard softball team has entered the final weekend of Ivy League play within striking distance of reaching the championship series. Each time, the Crimson has won the first game of a weekend series with Dartmouth and then dropped the final three.
Already midway through their respective seasons, the Crimson lacrosse, baseball, and softball teams head into the bulk of their Ivy League schedules with conference titles still up for grabs.
After splitting a pair of games with Columbia on Friday and dropping two to Penn on Saturday, the team hopes to rebound against Princeton and Cornell.