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Softball sweeps twin bill to cap unbeaten weekend

The Boston University softball team made its fall debut at the BU Softball Field with three exhibition games over the weekend. The Terriers played to a 4-4 tie against Boston College Friday before sweeping Harvard University, 7-1 and 3-0, in a doubleheader Saturday.
The Terriers got off to a fast start Friday, as senior leftfielder Shayne Lotito hit a solo home run to lead off the game. BU added another run in the first inning to double its lead, 2-0. The Eagles came storming back, though, scoring two in the third and one in the fourth to take a 3-2 advantage.
BU returned the favor with two in the bottom of the fourth to regain the lead. BC tied the score with a run in the top of the fifth inning, pulling the game even at 4-4. The contest went extra innings, but it ended in a tie due to darkness.’
‘The plan was to play until dark,’ BU coach Shawn Rychcik said. ‘We just couldn’t see anymore, so we had to call it a tie.”
BU struck first in Game One Saturday when sophomore centerfielder April Setterlund knocked in freshman second baseman Erica Casacci, giving the Terriers a 1-0 lead.’ Casacci scored from third after stealing second and taking third on a Harvard throwing error.’
‘I just wanted to stay aggressive,’ Rychcik said. ‘We have a lot of speed at the top of the lineup and we were able to take advantage.’
Casacci shined in the Game One victory, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored, a stolen base and a walk from the leadoff position.’
‘Erica had a great opening week,’ Rychcik said. ‘Her game’s about her speed. That’s her game and she knows it.’
The Terriers would never look back, scoring four runs in the third and two more in the fifth to take a 7-0 lead. Harvard junior Lauren Murphy knocked in the only run for the Crimson in the sixth inning to make it 7-1.’ ‘ ‘
Senior Cassidi Hardy pitched six strong innings for BU, giving up one unearned run and striking out four. Crimson junior Dana Roberts lasted two and a third innings, allowing five runs.’ ‘
In Game Two, BU began the scoring in the third inning, when Setterlund grounded into a force play at first with the bases loaded to make it 1-0. The Terriers scored again in the sixth with RBIs from freshman shortstop Emily Roesch and senior third baseman Brooke Hudson.
Roesch stepped up for BU in Game Two, going 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk after striking out twice in Game One. She started the second game after substituting for senior shortstop Melissa Dubay in the first game.
Sophomore Kelley Engman pitched four shutout innings and junior Megan Currier finished off Harvard with four strikeouts over three shutout innings. The Terriers held the Crimson to five total hits. BU pitchers were dominant over the weekend, yielding five runs in three games.

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