Payne gets 4 hits in Harvard’s 12-6 win at Pennsylvania
03/25/2023 | 12:30 p.m.
March 25 (Saturday) / 12:30 p.m.
Philadelphia, PA. — The Harvard Crimson (10-7-1, 3-0 Ivy) earned their third win at Penn to end the conference’s opening weekend 3-0 as they edged past the Pennsylvania Quakers (0- 19, 0-3 Ivy ) 12-6 Sunday.
How did it happen
The Crimson put the runs on the scoreboard first, starting the scoring in the third inning.
The Crimsons then lost some of their lead, building their advantage in the fourth inning after the Quakers cut it to 3-1. Harvard’s offense exploded for six runs, highlighted by a two-run single off the bat from Trina Hoang and a two-run double from Madi Mays, which took the Crimson to 9-1.
Harvard held Pennsylvania scoreless before extending their lead to 10-1 the following end.
The Quakers gained ground, closing the gap to 10-4 until Harvard added some insurance in the sixth. Freshman Finley Payne and sophomore Savannah Fitzpatrick each scored a run for the Crimson in the inning, increasing Harvard’s lead to 12-4. Pennsylvania had two runs on the scoreboard before the end of the game, but the Crimson still took the win 12-6.
• Freshman Riley Flynn won for Harvard. The right-hander went four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits, allowing no walks and striking out five.
• Payne had a brace and an RBI for the Crimson. Mays also had a standout performance, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Hoang also helped Harvard, getting one hit on four trips to home plate while adding three RBIs.
• Flynn retired five batters for the Quakers.
• Harvard’s highest inning was the fourth, when they scored six runs.
• The Crimson beat the Quakers to a 13-10 clip.
• Harvard went 5-for-16 (.313) with runners in scoring position.
• Harvard pitchers held Pennsylvania to just 2 for 11 (.182) with runners in scoring position.
• The Harvard pitchers faced 34 Pennsylvania batters in the game, giving up four ground balls and nine fly balls while striking out eight.
The Crimsons will play their first home games as they host the Big Red of Cornell next weekend, with a doubles match at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday March 25 followed by a single match on Sunday March 26 at 12:30 p.m. pm Matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.