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Boston University Shuts Out Softball, 1-0, in Non-Conference Contest

Harvard had its four-game winning streak snapped Tuesday against Boston University (Harvard Athletic Communications).

BOSTON –
Cross-town rival Boston University scored its lone run on a sixth-inning sacrifice fly as the Harvard softball team dropped a 1-0 decision to the Terriers Tuesday in a non-league game. Harvard dips to 24-11 on the season, while BU improves to 25-13 with the win.

Megan Volpano got the first hit of the game, doubling off Harvard starter Rachel Brown in the first inning, but BU's third groundout of the inning kept the game scoreless. Shelbi Olson registered the first hit of the game for the Crimson, singling to the shortstop with one out in the top of the fourth but a strikeout and a groundout ended the threat.

Laura Ricciardone took over for Brown in the bottom of the fifth and sat down the Terriers in order thanks to a pair of strikeouts. Jane Alexander ripped a one-out single to right field in the top of the sixth and after Kasey Lange was hit by a pitch, Stephanie Regan loaded the bases with two outs thanks to an infield single. Allison Scott put the ball in play in the next at-bat but it wasn't hard enough to get through the infield as the second baseman threw her out at first.

A pair of singles put runners on first and second with no outs for the Terriers in the sixth and Erica Casacci moved them over with a sacrifice bunt. Volpano proved to be the hero as she lifted a fly ball to center field that was deep enough to bring home Kendra Meadows from third with the game's only run. Harvard went in order in the seventh, sealing the 1-0 final.

Brown finished the game with six strikeouts and allowed just two hits in four innings of work. Ricciardone shouldered the loss for the Crimson, despite allowing just a pair of singles in her six innings pitched.   

Harvard hosts Boston College Thursday in its second non-conference matchup of the week. Game time is slated for 4 p.m.