The Harvard softball team headed into this weekend’s pair of doubleheaders with an unblemished Ivy League record, but it suffered through an up-and-down stretch that included a two-home run, five-RBI performance from senior Rachel Goldberg and a 20-inning scoreless streak.
Overall, the Crimson went 1-3, splitting two contests with Cornell (26-11, 5-4) and dropping a pair to Columbia (15-22, 4-6 Ivy) falling to 15-15-1 on the year, with a 5-3 Ivy mark.
COLUMBIA 3, HARVARD 2
The Crimson was finally able to score some runs and held a lead as late as the sixth inning, but succumbed to a late Columbia rally and dropped its third straight game.
Junior Lauren Bettinelli surged out of the gates, giving up only one hit and striking out two through five scoreless innings, before giving up the game’s first run on a Taylor Tierney RBI double.
Harvard answered back in the top of the sixth, breaking a 20-inning scoreless streak with two runs off three hits and carrying a slim lead into the bottom of the inning.
But the Lions had just enough left in their tanks to pull out the win. Nelson knocked a two-RBI double down the right field line, and pitcher Megan Ivy staved off a Crimson charge in the final inning.
Bettinelli, sophomore Pilar Adams, junior Cecily Gordon and freshman Julia Kidder had the only hits for Harvard, all singles. Bettinelli took the loss and dropped to 7-6 on the season.
COLUMBIA 4, HARVARD 0
Harvard’s scoring drought, begun in the seventh inning of the weekend’s first game against Cornell, carried over into the first game of a Sunday doubleheader with Columbia.
The Lions wasted no time in capitalizing on the Crimson’s misfortune, jumping out to an early lead and hanging on to the shutout.
Columbia scored first in the bottom of the second, when an error by co-captain Kara Brotemarkle allowed Lacie Nelson to touch home.
The Lions extended their lead in the next inning with a Marrisa Marconi home run. The three-RBI blast put the lead at 4-0, where it would stay for good.
Harvard struggled offensively, mustering only one hit, from Adams, and earning only one free pass. The Crimson stranded three runners.
Brotemarkle, Bettinelli and sophomore Michelle McAteer all pitched, with Brotemarkle (7-8) taking the loss.
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