Softball Hosts Boston University, Visits Boston College in Midweek Tilts

Softball Hosts Boston University, Visits Boston College in Midweek Tilts

Harvard has won nine of its last 10 games (Envision Sports Media).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball (17-16) faces two local opponents in a pair of midweek matchups, hosting Boston University at Soldiers Field Tuesday before heading to Chestnut Hill to battle Boston College Thursday. Game time on Tuesday is set for 3 p.m., while Thursday's first pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

The Crimson enter the final two weeks of the regular season with a 9-1 record since March 31. Harvard's games against BU and BC are two of the Crimson's final three out-of-conference matchups, with a lone game against Bryant remaining on April 21. North Division series against Yale and Dartmouth highlight the final two weekends.

Harvard is coming off a 3-1 weekend against Brown to improve to 8-4 in the Ivy League.  Zoe GalindoEmily GusseKatherine Lantz and Catherine Callaway led the offensive charge with five hits apiece. Gusse and Lantz also drove in five runs with Lantz also crossing the plate five times herself.

Lantz is second on the team with 22 RBI this season, buoyed by a .375 batting average. Her four home runs are tied with Gusse, who leads the squad with 23 RBI. Freshman Maddy Kaplan continues to excel in her rookie campaign with a team-high 36 hits.

In the circle, Laura Ricciardone has earned a 9-5 record. Her 2.63 ERA paces the pitching staff and her 57 strikeouts are three more than Taylor Cabe's tally. Cabe is second on the team with five victories this season to go with two saves.

The Terriers enter Tuesday's game coming off three neutral-site losses to Army. With the three defeats, BU fell to 8-23 overall and 1-7 in Patriot League action.

Hitting has been a bright spot for the Terriers, as four hitters are batting over .300 this season. Emma Watson is the batting average leader at .402, matching Moriah Connolly and Brittany Younan with 33 hits. Gabi Martinez leads the team in RBI, posting 20. BU is aggressive on the base paths, recording 51 steals on 59 attempts. Younan and Connolly have been the most successful with 15 and 14 swipes, respectively.

Pitching has been the weaker part of the Terriers' game, as no hurler holds an ERA under 4.3, or more than three victories. Mikinna Akers and Lauren Hynes have split the majority of pitching duties. Akers has the low ERA on staff at 4.32, but opposing hitters are batting .344 against her.

The Eagles are also coming off three conference losses, falling to Notre Dame in the first trio of seven-straight home games. With its losses, BC's overall record fell to 16-18 and 1-11 in ACC play.

Allyson Frei suffered the first two losses in the Notre Dame series to fall to 12-13 in the circle. Frei also tossed 4.2 innings in Sunday's defeat, but Jessica Dreswick took the loss to drop to 1-4.

BC was outscored 23-9 in the series against the Fighting Irish. The second game of the series was the best offensive performance for BC, with Taylor Coroneos and Chloe Sharabba each going 2-for-3. Sharabba also drove in two runs and Coroneos batted in one.