Three Late Runs Pushes Boston College Past Softball, 5-4

Three Late Runs Pushes Boston College Past Softball, 5-4

Giana Panariello hit a three-run homer Thursday (Envision Sports Media).

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Harvard softball (17-18) sported a 4-2 lead after 5 ½ innings, but Boston College (17-18) scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-4 decision in a Thursday matinee at Shea Softball Field Thursday afternoon.

Katherine Lantz, Andrea Del Conte and Catherine Callaway each had two hits, leading the Crimson to outhit BC, 9-6.

Harvard grabbed the lead early, using a three-run homer off the bat of Giana Panariello to take a 3-0 before the Eagles had their first chance to bat. Singles by Lantz and Del Conte, in addition to a fielder's choice play, created a two-on, two-out situation for Panariello. Facing a 1-0 count, she jacked her second of the season to clear the bases and put Harvard ahead.

The Crimson added another tally to its score in the top of the third. The inning began with Catherine Callaway doubling and advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt from Emily Gusse. Two batters later, Zoe Galindo singled to bring home Callaway, extending Harvard's lead to 4-0.

The Eagles began their comeback in the bottom of the third, plating a pair of runs to cut the gap in half. Megan Cooley drove in BC's first run and then scored on an outfield error three batters later.

Scoreless fourth and fifth innings gave way to the sixth frame where BC tacked on three more runs to go up 5-4. Jordan Chimento started the scoring with an RBI single and Annie Murphy came across to tie the game, 4-4, when she beat out the throw home on a fielder's choice play. Chimento served as the go-ahead run when she tagged up and scored on Chloe Sharabba's sacrifice fly to left field.

Down by one, Callaway led off the top of the seventh for Harvard with a single, but two fly outs and a ground out ended the game in BC's favor.

Harvard returns home this weekend for a four-game series against Yale. Doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday begin at 12:30 p.m.