April 2, 2013
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. -
The Providence College softball team (10-17-1, 0-3 BIG EAST) defeated the Harvard Crimson, 5-3, on Tuesday, April 2 in Cambridge, Mass.
Harvard was the first on the scoreboard when Kasey Lange hit a solo homerun in the bottom of the first inning.
After a scoreless second inning, sophomore Sarah Kitterman (Houston, Texas) singled to left field to get on base in the third. Freshman Kacy Williams (Midlothian, Texas) was brought in to pinch run for Kitterman, and advanced to second base off a sacrifice bunt from junior Marie Flego (Little Silver, N.J.). Freshman Kiara Baldassari (Denville, N.J.) bunted to get on first during the following at bat, which moved Williams to third. Sophomore Megan Rollings (Marysville, Wash.) singled through the first and second basemen to drive in Williams before the Crimson got out of the inning.
In the fourth inning, senior Stephanie Kiesel (Ramona, Calif.) singled through the left side to start the inning. Four batters later, Flego singled to the same side to bring in sophomore Juliana Thibodeau (Cohoes, N.Y.) who was pinch running for Kiesel to take the lead, 2-1.
In the top of the fifth inning, Harvard brought in pitcher Morgan Groom to relieve Jamie Halula, who walked Rollings and sophomore Shanelle Harrell (Irvine, Calif.) to start the inning. Senior Jessie Bryant (Marlborough, Mass.) sacrificed bunted to move Rollings and Harrall to third and second, respectively. Sophomore Kristie Dederick (Camarillo, Calif.) singled to score both runners. Later in the inning, Harvard’s Lange hit her second homerun of the day to bring the score to 4-2.
Harvard scored again in the bottom of the sixth inning. After loading the bases, Harvard was able to drive in one unearned run off an error to bring Harvard within one, 4-3.
Providence scored one more run when Kiesel doubled in the top of the seventh (5-3). Harvard loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh before the Friars were able to convert a double play to get out of the bind and end the game.
Senior Corinne Clauss (Davie, Fla.) pitched the complete game for the Friars and improving to a 3-2 record. Clauss recorded a season-high eight strikeouts.
The Friars will resume BIG EAST Conference play to compete in a three-game series against the Connecticut Huskies this weekend. On Saturday, April 6 the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at noon. The teams will meet again to play its final game of the series on Sunday, April 7 at noon.