Jane Alexander had one of Harvard's three RBI against the Terriers Thursday (Harvard Athletic Communications).
BOSTON, Mass. – A handful of early Boston University runs turned out to be too much to overcome as the Harvard softball team dropped a 5-3 decision to the Terriers Thursday at the BU Softball Field. The game marked the final regular season non-conference contest of the schedule for the Crimson.
The Terriers grabbed an early lead, taking advantage of a wild pitch to plate their first run of the game. The hosts tacked on another run in the third inning on a RBI single to shortstop and back-to-back doubles an inning later gave BU a 4-0 lead after four full innings of play. The Terriers got their fifth run courtesy of a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to bring a 5-0 lead into the top of the sixth.
Harvard finally broke through in the top of the sixth, bringing home a pair of runs thanks to three hits and two errors in the inning. Kasey Lange led off with a single and after a Whitney Shaw fielder's choice, Megan Fazio slapped a second single through the left side to put runners on first and third. Olivia Piccione came up with another pinch hit, plating Jessica Ferri with a single to first base. Fazio came home with Harvard's second run on a Jane Alexander groundout to cut the gap to 5-2. Harvard managed one more in the top of the seventh on a Shaw RBI double.
Laura Ricciardone took the loss for Harvard as the Crimson used four pitchers in the game. Alexander, Shaw and Piccione had an RBI each in the loss for the Crimson.
Harvard is back in action this weekend in an Ivy League showdown with Yale. The pair of doubleheaders, originally scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, will now be played Sunday and Tuesday at Soldiers Field.