Boston University Takes on Softball In Non-Conference Bout
Harvard is looking to stay sharp for a weekend showdown with Yale (Photo: Mike Slade).
Harvard breaks up its Ivy League schedule with a midweek non-conference contest against local rival Boston University Tuesday afternoon.
The games between the Crimson and Terriers have always been closely contested, and Harvard enters Tuesday's game with a 19-23 record all-time against BU. Harvard kicked off the series with a convincing victory in 1981 and went on to pick up wins in the next five meetings. Recently, the Terriers have been the stronger squad as BU has claimed six of the last seven games, including a 1-0 win last season. Harvard's last victory came on the road in 2011, a 2-1 final.
With its non-conference schedule winding down, the Crimson is looking stay sharp for league play where it is currently tied for first in the Ivy North Division standings with Dartmouth. Harvard is five games into a 12-game homestand with a 2-3 record in that span.
Kasey Lange continues to drive the Crimson offense, leading the team in batting average (.329), home runs (8) and RBI (26). She is tied with Katherine Lantz for the team lead in hits (28) and doubles (6) while Emily Gusse is second on the squad with 16 RBI. Shelbi Olson turned in a strong weekend and now ranks second on the team with 25 hits, and is also tied for the team lead in steals with eight.
Rookie Morgan Groom has emerged as the go-to starter for Harvard, boasting a team-low 2.70 earned-run average along with 55 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. Groom and classmate Jamie Halula both have four wins on the year.
Scouting Boston University
BU has had a bit of trouble on the road this season, bringing a 3-7-1 away record into the matchup with the Crimson. In its most recent action, BU dropped two of three games at Hartford in a weekend of conference play.
Jayme Mask has shown a penchant for getting on base so far this year, leading the team with a .436 on-base percentage, 36 hits and 11 walks. She has only been caught stealing once, boasting 18 stolen bases in 19 attempts, by far the most on the team. Run production has come from all over the BU lineup with Amy Ekart leading the pack with 15 RBI and three homeruns this year.
Whitney Tuthill has pitched the majority of the innings for the Terriers, compiling 135.2. She holds an ERA of 2.53 and a record of 9-11.
Harvard returns to Ivy League play this weekend when it hosts North Division rival Yale in a pair of doubleheaders Saturday and Sunday. All four games will be live-streamed on GoCrimson.com with commentary provided by Harvard softball alums.