Sophomore third baseman Erin Lockhart made the most of an opportunity and emerged as one of the Harvard softball team's biggest offensive threats.
The softball team was unable to dethrone Princeton in the Ivy League Championship Series, ultimately falling in two games, 1-0 and 13-4.
“Her grit and work ethic is terrific," head coach Jenny Allard said. "She just goes out there and she does everything she can do."
Harvard will face Princeton next weekend with the title on the line.
Four days removed from the dominance it displayed last weekend, Harvard struggled to carry its momentum into this midweek matchup. The Bears used two strong offensive innings and a solid outing on the mound to defeat the Crimson, 4-0.
The Harvard softball team stayed in contention for an Ivy League Championship Series bid as it tripped up to Providence, R.I., and swept Brown in a three-game weekend series, putting the Crimson second in the Ivy North Division behind only Dartmouth. The three victories extended Harvard’s Ivy win streak to five consecutive games. The Crimson’s away record improved to 7-5 as well.
Following four scoreless innings, Providence scored eight runs on Tuesday afternoon to doom the Crimson, 8-3.
Returning to Cambridge after an away win at Bryant, Harvard (15-15, 6-6 Ivy) looked to reverse its fortunes as it kicked off its divisional slate with two doubleheaders against Yale (11-24, 5-7). The Crimson managed to do just that, taking three of four from its rival from New Haven.
After building a 6-2 lead over Bryant, the visiting Crimson allowed three runs in each of the proceeding innings before holding off the Bulldogs in the seventh to secure the 6-5 victory.
Despite the ups and downs of the weekend, one constant was sophomore shortstop Rhianna Rich, who was named Athlete of the Week. The El Segundo, Calif. native had nine hits in 14 at bats, including two triples.
Harvard softball traveled to Philadelphia and New York to kick off its 2017 Ivy League slate against conference foes Penn and Columbia. A year removed from finishing as the runner-up in the Ancient Eight, the Crimson faltered in its first two conference doubleheaders.
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 enters 2017 with a chip on its shoulder after coming within one game of winning an Ivy League championship and advancing to the NCAA Regional tournament in 2016.
The game-delaying strip was not the most surprising sight at Harvard Stadium on Saturday, however. Seeing a wave of blue stream onto the field as the clock expired and seeing Harvard players jog back to the locker room was totally unexpected. Cliché time: it kind of felt like an episode of The Twilight Zone.
The legend goes that in 1884, Frederick Plummer, a freshman at the College, cobbled together a pennant adorned with a large “H.” Out of this one fan’s remarkable dedication, a tradition was born.