Softball Rides Late Offense to Sweep of Boston College

Nida Naushad

Co-captain Kasey Lange hit a walkoff home run to earn Tuesday's first win for the Harvard softball team against visiting Boston College. The Crimson would go on to capture game two by a score of 4-3.

It’s always good to be home. After traveling from Florida, to Louisiana, and then to California, the Harvard women’s softball team (13-11) finally returned to Cambridge.

After having four games rained out this weekend, the Crimson took the field on Tuesday in a doubleheader against Boston College (15-15).

Dominant pitching would be the key to success, as Harvard followed up a first game victory in walkoff fashion with another win in the rubber game to sweep the doubleheader against the Eagles for the first time since 1999.


Although co-captain Kasey Lange ended the first game with a walkoff, two-run home run, the Crimson didn’t have much time to celebrate as the team retook the diamond for the second game of the afternoon.

Freshman Taylor Cabe stepped into the circle for Harvard and delivered another quality performance. In the six-inning contest, the rookie hurler went the distance, allowing only three runs on six hits to go along with eight strikeouts as she guided her squad to a 4-3 win.

In the first inning, the Crimson received a double from Hume and scored a run due to an error.

But in the top of the third inning, Cabe allowed two runs and Harvard was once against trailing.

It didn’t take long for the Crimson to respond, as the team bounced right back in the next frame to even the score. Hume reached base on a fielder’s choice, stole second, and then scored on a single up the middle by junior Emily Gusse.

In the top of the fifth, Boston College strung together a couple of hits to retake the lead. But once again, Harvard didn’t shy away.

“[We] stuck with the process,” junior Laura Ricciardone said. “We were then able to come through clutch with relentless efforts at the plate.”

After co-captain Shelbi Olson doubled to right field, a sacrifice bunt advanced her to third. Then her fellow captain stepped to the plate and delivered for the second time on the day. Lange blasted a double down the right field line, driving in Olson and tying the game.

After Lange moved to third on a sacrifice fly, junior Katherine Lantz knocked a single up the middle to give the Crimson its first lead of the ball game.

The one run advantage was all that Cabe would need. The freshman retook the mound in the sixth inning—the final frame of the day—and got two outs from her defense and took care of the final batter with a strikeout.