May 17, 1998
AMHERST, MA -- Harvard junior catcher Terri Teller went 3-for-5 with three RBIs to lead Harvard University to an 11-2 victory over Boston College in NCAA Softball Regional action Saturday afternoon at Totman Field. The loss eliminated the Eagles from the tournament, and Boston College concluded its season with a 38-14-1 overall record.
Senior Tasha Cupp earned the win for Harvard, going 5.0 innings and allowing two unearned runs on three hits, while striking out three and walking one. Freshman Chelsea Thoke recorded her fourth save of the season, working the final two frames without allowing a hit. Sophomore Mary Dietz recorded the loss for Boston College, pitching 6.2 innings and allowing seven runs (five earned) on 11 hits, while striking out seven and walking two.
After a scoreless first three innings, Boston College jumped ahead 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning on a pair of unearned runs. With two outs and runners on second and third, sophomore Chris Vicari hit a two-run single to center. The Crimson rebounded with three runs in the top of the fifth. With one out and a runner on second, Jenny Franzese doubled to center, scoring Crystal Springer. After a walk to Deborah Abeles, Franzese came around to score on an RBI double by Teller. Harvard took the lead for good when Hillary Read reached on a throwing error by Boston Colleges Lauren Fischetti, allowing Abeles to score.
The Crimson blew the game open with eight runs on nine hits and one Boston College error in the top of the seventh inning. After a single and a Boston College error to start the inning, Harvard used four consecutive singles to score three runs and take a 6-2 lead. Thoke added a two-run single, followed by RBI doubles from Tara LaSovage and Franzese, before the Crimson closed out the inning with an RBI single from Teller.