Kasey Lange's triple helped Harvard to a 2-1 win over Boston University, giving head coach Jenny Allard her 400th career victory (Harvard Athletic Communications).
Head Coach Jenny Allard's Postgame Comments
BOSTON – In its first action in the Northeast this season, the Harvard softball team took down local foe Boston University, 2-1, Tuesday at the BU softball field. The win ups Harvard's 2011 record to 9-8 and gives head coach Jenny Allard her 400th career victory.
The Crimson wasted little time getting on the board, plating the game's first run just four batters into the game. Stephanie Regan ripped an opposite-field double with one out and advanced to third on a groundout by Kasey Lange. Whitney Shaw punched a grounder through the circle, driving in Regan with a infield single to second.
Rookie Laura Ricciardone toed the rubber for Harvard and held the Terriers to just one hit through the first three innings, ending the first and third with a strikeout. The hosts managed to knot the score in the bottom of the fourth, plating a run on an RBI groundout after a double down the left field line. Harvard cut down a runner at the plate in a rundown to limit the damage in the inning, keeping the score tied at 1-1 after four.
The Crimson recaptured the lead a half inning later when Ellen Macadam led off with a single through the left side. Regan moved Macadam to second on a sacrifice bunt and Lange followed by wrapping a shot around the first base bag, plating Macadam with a triple. Allison Scott nearly padded the Harvard lead with two outs in the inning, but her liner down the third base line was snared by the BU third-baseman on a diving play.
Ivy Pitcher of the Week Rachel Brown took the ball for the Crimson in the bottom of the fifth and hurled three perfect innings of relief. Brown struck out seven of the nine batters she faced to earn her first save of the season and cap the 2-1 win for Harvard. Ricciardone allowed just two hits in her second win of the season, fanning three batters in four innings of work. Macadam and Regan finished the game with two hits each while Shaw and Lange each recorded an RBI in the win.
Harvard is back in action Thursday when it travels to Rhode Island for a doubleheader with Bryant. The first game is slated to begin at 3 p.m.