Pictured: Whitney Shaw blasted a homerun in game one against
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard softball team managed to score four runs in both games of a doubleheader against Boston College but the Eagles were able to sneak past the Crimson in both games, registering 5-4 and 6-4 wins Thursday afternoon. Harvard drops to 15-18 on the season while BC improves to 12-22 on the year.
In game one, both pitchers were able to stymie offensive efforts through the first four innings, keeping the score at 0-0 entering the bottom of the fifth. After an Emily Henderson walk and an Ellen Macadam single, Whitney Shaw drilled a 3-2 pitch over the leftfield wall to give the Crimson a 3-0 lead. Jessica Ferri followed with a solo shot to center to give Harvard a 4-0 lead after five. The Eagles answered right back with five of their own in the top of the sixth, thanks in large part to an Ali Lynette-Krech bases-loaded double. Taylor Peyton shut down the Crimson in the final two innings to earn the win for BC.
Shaw finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI while Ellen Macadam registered three hits in the game. Rachel Brown pitched five innings of scoreless ball, striking out six and scattering two hits.
An Amy Tunstall double helped the guests out to a 2-0 lead to start game two but Harvard was able to tie the score in the second thanks to some heads-up base running. The Eagles regained the lead with a run in the third and tacked on three more in the fourth thanks to a Renee Ramos two-RBI double. Macadam knocked an RBI single to left-center in the fourth and the Shaw drove an RBI double to center in the bottom of the seventh, but the rally fell short as BC hung on for the sweep.
Jessica Pledger registered two hits in the second game while Shaw notched another RBI. Mari Zumbro pitched three innings of effective relief, scattering two hits and not allowing a run. Allison Gage picked up the win for BC.
The Crimson is back in action Saturday as it returns to conference action with two doubleheaders against Ivy North rival Brown. First pitch on Saturday is slated for 12:30 p.m.