Kasey Lange drove in Harvard's lone run in a 4-1 loss to BC Thursday (Harvard Athletic Communications).
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – A two-run first inning proved to be too much to overcome as the Harvard softball team dropped a 4-1 decision to local foe Boston College Thursday afternoon. The loss is Harvard's first non-conference defeat in its last five non-league games.
Despite not allowing a hit in the bottom of the first, the Crimson conceded two runs to the hosts in the frame. A leadoff walk resulted in the game's first run on a wild pitch two batters later, and a sacrifice fly made it 2-0 after one full inning. Maria Pandolfo launched a solo home run to left in the BC second to stretch the hosts lead to 3-0.
Harvard got on the board in the top of the third where Emily Henderson reached base with a one-out single. Ellen Macadam followed with another single and Stephanie Regan loaded the bases after reaching on an error. Kasey Lange lifted a sacrifice fly to left, plating Henderson with Harvard's lone run. Another solo home run moved the BC lead back to three in the fifth inning to seal the 4-1 win for the hosts.
Ashley Heritage recorded a pair of base hits for the Crimson and stole a base as well. Rachel Brown absorbed the loss in the circle for Harvard, recording four strikeouts in five innings of work. Laura Ricciardone pitched a perfect sixth inning, fanning two BC hitters in the frame.
The Crimson begins Ivy League North Division action this weekend with a pair of doubleheaders on the road against Brown.