Harvard softball never gets past 2 games at Penn to start Ivy Play

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. – The Harvard softball team (9-7-1, 2-0 Ivy) never trailed in two games as it opened Ivy League play with two wins over Penn (0-18, 0-2 Ivy) in a Saturday doubleheader , winning 6 -0 and 9-1.

GAME 1 | Harvard 6, Pennsylvania 0

How did it happen

The Reds took the lead for good in the first, scoring for the first time in the inning. After taking a 3-0 lead in the top half of the first, they didn’t surrender that lead the rest of the game, adding runs in the fourth and fifth innings en route to a 6-0 victory.

Game highlights

• Junior Anna Reid delivered on Saturday, throwing a three-hitter to lead the Harvard Crimson past the Pennsylvania Quakers. Reed went the distance for Harvard, giving up three hits, walking two and striking out two.
• Senior Trina Hoang led the way offensively for the Crimson, going 3-for-3 in the game with an RBI. Sophomore Savannah Fitzpatrick put together a remarkable performance at the dish as well, going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Junior Maddie Mays also chipped in, going 1-for-4 for Harvard with two RBIs.
• Harvard’s top-scoring inning was the first, when he drove in three runs.
• The Crimson out-hit the Quakers at a 10-3 clip.
• Junior Lauren Bobowski stole two bases in Saturday’s game.
• Harvard went 5-for-13 (.385) with runners in scoring position.
• The Reds drew four walks in the tilt at Pennsylvania.

GAME 2 | Harvard 9, Pennsylvania 1

How did it happen

Once again, the Crimson jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning and never relinquished the lead en route to a 9-1 victory over the Pennsylvania Quakers on Saturday. The Crimson started the scoring early, putting one run on the board in the top of the first inning. Harvard ranked third, with the major success coming by doubling its first-year results Finley Payne.

The Crimson then chipped away at some of their lead, extending their advantage in the fourth inning after the Quakers cut it to 3-1. which pushed the Crimson lead to 6-1.

Harvard held Pennsylvania scoreless before extending its lead to 8-1 in the next inning. The Purple scored twice, with one shot coming off the junior To Kendall Jean single.

Harvard held the Quakers scoreless before their offense came to life in the next inning. The Reds scored once on an RBI single off the senior’s bat Teagan Shaw, making it 9-1 in Harvard’s favor. The score remained 9-1 the rest of the game as the Crimson cruised to the victory.

Game highlights

• Sophomore Katie Arrambid earned the win for Harvard. The right-hander went five innings, giving up one run on three hits, no walks and striking out five.
• Senior Megan Welsh led the way offensively for the Crimson, going 3-for-4 in the ballgame with a double and an RBI. Payne also had a remarkable day at the plate, going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Fitzpatrick also chipped in, going 2-for-4 for Harvard with an RBI.
• Arrambide struck out five Quakers hitters.
• Four Crimson players had multiple hits in the ballgame.
• The Crimson out-hit the Quakers at a 14-4 clip.
• Harvard went 9-for-20 (.450) with runners in scoring position.

Next up

Harvard will play its third and final game at Penn on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and will try to start its Ivy season 3-0. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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