Giana Panariello earned an RBI in the first inning Tuesday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard softball (17-17) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead on Boston University (9-23) Tuesday afternoon, but the Terriers went on to out hit the Crimson 11-3 and scored six runs in the late innings to take a 6-2 decision at Soldiers Field.
BU starting pitcher Melanie Russell struggled to find the strike zone in the opening frame, walking three of the first four batters to load the bases with one out. The fifth player in the Harvard batting order, Catherine Callaway, earned the same outcome, taking ball four on a full count to force in the game's first run. Following a pitching change and a fielder's choice play that saw BU get an out at home plate, reliever Makinna Akers walked Giana Panariello to force home another Harvard run.
Akers though, settled in, allowing just three hits the rest of the way. Akers' offensive support came to fruition in the top of the fourth with four Terriers scoring runs. A fielding error led to BU's first run coming in, but lead-off hitter Moriah Connolly earned credit for the next run, singling to left center to plate Jilee Schanda. Emma Wong and Brittany Younan drove in the next two runs for BU, swinging the score in its favor, 4-2.
The Terriers tacked on runs in the fifth and sixth to extend its lead to 6-2. Kaitlin Sahlinger notched an RBI single to right in the fifth and Younan recorded her second RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to left in the sixth.
Harvard looked to be getting a rally started in the bottom of the seventh, as Panariello began the frame with a double to center and Zoe Galindo reached on a fielding error with one out. Akers preserved the win though, inducing a line out and fly out to end the game.
The Crimson next take on Boston College at Shea Softball Field in Chestnut Hill on Thursday at 4 p.m.