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Softball Upends Harvard, 6-4

Pandolfo connected for her eighth homer of the season on Thursday.

Pandolfo connected for her eighth homer of the season on Thursday.

April 25, 2013

Box Score

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Trailing 3-1 in the third, the BC softball team rallied for five unanswered runs in a 6-4 triumph over Harvard on Thursday at Shea Field.  The Eagles have won three of four after dropping seven straight from April 11-20.

Maria Pandolfo (2-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) led the way for BC alongside Tory Speer - who connected on her 12th long ball of the season in the fifth.

Stephanie Lord tallied her second consecutive victory to improve to 2-10 this season.  Lord allowed four earned runs on seven hits in the complete game effort.  Morgan Groom (8-9) took the loss - allowing five earned runs on four hits over three innings.  Jamie Halula cleaned up in relief for the Crimson as she allowed just one earned run on two hits in three innings.

The Crimson jumped on the board early in the first on the strength of a two-run homer by Kasey Lange to put Harvard up 2-0.  BC responded with a run in the bottom of the inning as Tory Speer stayed in a rundown long enough for Megan Cooley to scamper home before the third out was recorded to cut the deficit to 2-1.

Trailing 3-1 entering the third, the Eagles took the lead with a four run outburst in the third inning. Megan Cooley (3-for-4, 2 R, 3 SB) led off with a double, Jessie Daulton walked and both players executed a double steal to set the table for Alana DiMaso.  A sac fly by DiMaso brought home Cooley to cut the Harvard lead to 3-2.  A walk to Speer set the stage for Pandolfo's three-run shot, her eighth of the season to put BC up 5-3.

Speer's third homer in two games gave the Eagles a 6-3 lead in the fifth.  The Crimson looked to rally in the top of the seventh on Stephanie Regan's two-out RBI double but Lord got Shelbi Olson to line out softly to second to end the game.

The Eagles will return to action on Saturday when they host ACC foe NC State for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.

Team Records: Boston College (13-30, 2-13 ACC); Harvard (21-19, 11-5 Ivy League).

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