PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senior Annie McGregor and sophomore Raquel Blanchard combined for nine RBIs as Brown University softball defeated Harvard University in six innings, 11-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Brown Softball Field in Brown's first series win over Harvard since 2004.
In the finale of the three-game set, the Bears (11-25, 5-13 Ivy) plated five runs in the bottom of the first, five runs in the second, and walked off with a run in the sixth, taking two-of-three from the visiting Crimson (21-16, 14-7 Ivy).
McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.) hit her fourth home run of the season in the top of the first, launching a three-run blast to straightaway center field, before hitting a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the sixth. She finished the game 3-for-4 with five RBIs. She now has 14 career home runs, tied for fourth place all-time at Brown.
Blanchard (Valencia, Calif.) went 3-for-4 with four RBIs, two runs scored, and a pair of RBI doubles. She concluded the three-game series 4-for-10 with six RBIs, three doubles, and four runs scored.
Senior Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.) and junior Meghan Wimmer (Boothwyn, Pa.) each added an RBI while Wimmer, freshman Anya Schmitz (Santa Barbara, Calif.), and junior Cat Seitz (Poway, Calif.) scored two runs apiece.
Freshman pitcher Grace Ladd (Boulder, Colo.) earned the win (3-2), allowing just one hit and no runs over 3.2 innings in relief. Senior Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) gave up three runs on four hits in 2.1 innings in the start.
After splitting a doubleheader on Saturday, the Bears took a series from the Crimson for the first time since sweeping a doubleheader in 2004.
Prior to the game, Brown honored its three-member Class of 2018 – seniors Annie McGregor (Carlsbad, Calif.), Grayson Metzger (Severna Park, Md.), and Katie Orona (Pueblo, Colo.) – for their hard work and dedication to the program over the last four years.
After the Crimson scored once in the top of the first, Brown responded with five runs in the last of the opening frame. Blanchard started the scoring with a two-run double to right field before McGregor closed the frame with a three-run homer to center field.
Brown tallied five more runs in the home half of the second beginning with an RBI single to left field from Wimmer. Blanchard followed with a two-run double to left center, and McGregor capped the inning with an infield single that scored a run. Harvard pulled within 10-3 with two runs in the top of the third.
In the bottom of the sixth, junior Annie Scarangella (Tucson, Ariz.) absorbed a pitch to give the Bears a base runner with two outs. Sophomore pinch runner Rebecca Mandelbaum (Livingston, N.J.) advanced to second base on a wild pitch before McGregor singled up the middle to drive in Mandelbaum and give the Bears the walk-off win.
For Harvard, Katie Duncan took the loss (14-9), permitting five runs on three hits in 1.0 inning in the start. Sarah Smith later threw 3.0 innings of scoreless relief. Elizabeth Shively posted two RBIs, and Kaitlyn Schiffhauer notched two hits.
Next, Brown closes the season in a three-game series at Dartmouth with a doubleheader on Saturday, May 5 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and a single game on Sunday, May 6 at 12:30 p.m.