Softball Sweeps Boston College, 4-2 and 4-3 (6), For First Time Since 1999

Softball Sweeps Boston College, 4-2 and 4-3 (6), For First Time Since 1999

Adrienne Hume launched the game-tying two-run home run in Game 1 Tuesday (Gil Talbot).

Late-inning heroics from Adrienne Hume, Kasey Lange and Katherine Lantz allowed the Harvard softball team to sweep local rival Boston College for the first time in 15 years, Tuesday at Soldiers Field. Harvard (13-11) posted four runs in the bottom of the seventh to take Game 1, 4-2, and rallied for a 4-3 win in the six-inning Game 2.

The guests made some noise early in Game 1, as a leadoff single, passed ball and Harvard error put a runner on third for the Eagles. Tory Speer gave the guests the early lead with a single to right center, but a heads-up pickoff play from catcher Katherine Appelbe ended the threat. The Crimson offense was kept in check by BC hurler Nicole D'Argento, despite three Harvard hits between the second and third frames. Harvard pitcher Laura Ricciardone settled down nicely, striking out the side in the second and third frames, but the offense was unable to help her efforts.

An RBI groundout gave the Eagles a 2-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh, leaving the hosts with the task of overcoming the two run deficit with just three out to work with. Katherine Lantz led off the inning with a single up the middle and Adrienne Hume quickly knotted the score with a two-run blast over the left-centerfield wall. Ricciardone struck out in the next at-bat, but reached base when the ball evaded the Eagles' catcher. BC got one out in the inning, but senior slugger Kasey Lange provided the walk-off blow, blasting an offering over the left-centerfield wall to end the game in dramatic fashion.

Ricciardone picked up the win for Harvard, racking up eight strikeouts and allowing just two runs. Harvard totaled seven hits in the contest, courtesy of seven different players.

Hume stroked a one-out double in the first inning of Game 2 and came home with Harvard's first run on an error by the BC second baseman. The Eagles responded in the top of the third, posting three hits and two runs off Harvard starter Taylor Cabe to grab a one-run lead. The advantage was short-lived, as Emily Gusse connected on a two-out single up the middle that plated Hume to knot the score at 2-2.

BC reclaimed the lead in the fifth when Tory Speer smacked an RBI double to left-centerfield. Harvard took the lead for good in the next half inning, posting three hits and bring home two runs. Shelbi Olson led off with a double to right-center, and scored easily when Lange pummeled a double past the first baseman and into the right field corner. With two outs in the inning, Lantz fouled off a number of pitches before slapping a single through the middle, allowing Lange to score the winning run. Cabe shut down the Eagles in the top of the sixth, and the game was called before Harvard's next at-bat due to darkness.

Olson and Lange had a pair of hits each for the Crimson, and Gusse, Lantz and Lange accounted for the RBI. Cabe earned the victory in Game 2, sitting down eight BC hitters and allowing just the three runs.

The Crimson continues its home stretch Friday when it hosts Penn in an Ivy League doubleheader at Soldiers Field.