Elizabeth Shively and the Crimson host Boston College for a midweek doubleheader (Fran Ruchalski).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Soldiers Field is set to host its first two softball games of the year Tuesday afternoon when Boston College (18-12) travels to Cambridge to take on Harvard (9-11) for a doubleheader beginning at 3 p.m.
Last Time Out
Harvard completed just one game last week, dropping a 4-2 decision at Rhode Island. Savannah Bradley went 2-for-3 in the game, hitting her second home run of the season. Meagan Lantz also had two hits and a RBI for the Crimson. Game two of what was originally slated to be a doubleheader was not completed due to darkness.
With Ivy League games on the horizon, the Harvard offense will be a challenge for opposing batters. Harvard ranks first in runs (93), RBI (86), doubles (32), total bases (220) and stolen bases (24) in the Ancient Eight thus far. The Crimson is also tied for first in hits (150) with Columbia and is one shy of the Lions' league lead in home runs with 10.
Senior Morgan Groom and junior Taylor Cabe both rank among the top-10 pitchers in the Ivy League in ERA this season. Groom's 2.91 mark comes in sixth, while Cabe ranks eighth at 3.83. Groom also ranks among the top pitchers in the conference in strikeouts, slotting fourth with 38, getting 11 batters to look at strike three. Cabe's opposing batting average is .245, ranking fifth-lowest among Ivy League hurlers.
Freshman pitchers Kathleen Duncan and Sarah Smith have also seen a lot of duty in the early portion of the season. Duncan's 11 games in relief is the most in the Ivy League, while she and Smith each have two saves.
Scouting Boston College
The Eagles also had last weekend off and enter Tuesday's matchup with an 18-12 record after shutting out Bryant, 2-0, on the road Wednesday, March 23. The victory followed a three-game losing skid against ACC rival Virginia Tech. Boston College is an even 3-3 in ACC play as the three losses at Virginia Tech came after three wins at Georgia Tech the weekend prior.
Middle infielder Jessie Daulton has the top batting average on the Eagles roster at .326. Tied for the team-lead in hits with 28, Daulton also has five doubles, five homers and 18 RBI. Jordan Chimento has a slight edge in the RBI category, driving in 22, while Tatiana Cortez has 21 on a team-high eight long balls.
Boston College's top-two pitchers each holds an ERA under 3.00. Sophomore Jessica Dreswick holds a 2.22 ERA over 91.1 innings. She has an 8-4 record and three saves in 26 total appearances. In 88.2 innings of work, fellow sophomore Allyson Frei is 10-7 with a 2.92 ERA and 89 strikeouts.
Ivy League Digital Network
The Ivy League Digital Network returns for a third season as the home for all live streaming and on-demand video content for each of the conference's eight institutions. Broadcast in full HD and featuring a live score bug and play-by-play and color commentary, the Ivy League Digital Network provides fans with unprecedented access to the Ancient Eight.
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The Crimson hits the road this weekend for its first four Ivy League contests, visiting Cornell Friday for a doubleheader, followed by two more games Saturday at Princeton. Games in Ithaca, New York are slated for a 2 p.m. start, while the matchups with the Tigers will begin at 12:30 p.m.