Shelbi Olson had one of two hits for Harvard against Boston University Thursday (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – The Harvard softball team's program-record 18-game winning streak was halted Thursday when the Crimson dropped a 2-1 decision to local foe Boston University in its final non-conference contest of the regular season. It is Harvard's first loss in over a month, as the Crimson moves to 27-12 on the season.
Boston University pitcher Lauren Hynes was dominant on the day, surrendering just one hit, a single to centerfield by Shelbi Olson in the third inning, in her six frames of action. Harvard had just three other base runners against Hynes, thanks to a pair of walks and one hit batter. Star pitcher Laura Ricciardone matched Hynes' effort through four innings of work, scattering four hits and striking out three. The Terriers were finally able to break through in the fifth against reliever Taylor Cabe when Brittany Younan ripped a single to right that brought in two runs.
Melanie Russell came in to work the seventh for BU and got the first out of the frame, but surrendered a solo home run to Emily Gusse, her fourth long ball of the season. That is as close as Harvard would get, however, as a pair of groundouts ended the game in favor of the Terriers.
Harvard now turns its attention to the weekend where the Crimson will take on Ivy North Division rival Dartmouth in a home-and-home series. Dartmouth comes to Cambridge Saturday for a doubleheader and the series wraps up in Hanover, N.H., with a Sunday twinbill.