Kasey Lange hit her 11th homerun of the season Thursday at Boston College (Gil Talbot).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Junior slugger Kasey Lange matched the all-time program home run record, but it was not quite enough to buoy the Harvard softball team, as the Crimson fell, 6-4, to local rival Boston College Thursday. The result gives BC its 12th win of the season while Harvard moves to 21-19 in 2013.
Lange didn't waste any time tying the program home run mark, launching a two-run shot to right field in the first inning after Stephanie Regan led off with a single to left. The long ball is Lange's 11th of the season and 28th of her career, tying her with Tiffany Whitton '03 on the all-time list. The junior also matched her own season-high for homers set during her freshman campaign.
The Eagles took a small-ball approach to answer with a run of their own in the bottom of the first, with Megan Cooley singling, stealing second, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt and stealing home from a first-and-third scenario. Back-to-back singles from Regan and Shelbi Olson started a rally in the third and with the bases loaded, Katherine Lantz lifted a sacrifice fly to right that plated Regan, allowing Harvard to take a 3-1 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Eagles posted four runs in the bottom of the inning to grab a 5-3 edge. Cooley came home on a sacrifice fly and Maria Pandolfo banged a ball over the center-field fence for a three run shot to cap the four-run frame.
Another homer in the BC fifth, this one off the bat of Tory Speer, gave the hosts a three-run cushion heading into the final two innings of play. Adrienne Hume poked a one-out double to left-center in the seventh and Regan followed suit with a double of her own to bring in pinch-runner Andrea Del Conte. That was all Harvard could muster, however, as a lineout ended the game in a 6-4 final.
Regan was stellar at the dish for Harvard, finishing the day 3 for 4 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI. Lantz and Lange accounted for the other three runs, while Lange swiped a base for Harvard. Morgan Groom absorbed the loss for Harvard in the circle, pitching three innings and allowing five runs on four hits with four strikeouts. Jamie Halula pitched well in relief, allowing just one run on two hits in the final three frames.
Harvard turns its attention back to league play this weekend when it takes on Dartmouth in a home-and-home series with the North Division title on the line. Games on Saturday and Sunday begin at 2 p.m.