For the Harvard baseball team, April has indeed proved to be the cruelest month, as spring showers have forced the postponement of five of the team's last seven games.
This weekend, the inclement weather at O'Donnell Field cancelled all but one of the four meetings scheduled between Harvard (15-16, 8-4 Ivy) and Brown (14-23, 5-8). In the lone game of the soggy weekend, Brown downed Harvard 5-1 on Friday, courtesy of a complete-game effort by Bears starter Jamie Grillo.
The rain persisted throughout the game Friday, and, with the Bears leading by the eventual margin of victory in the top of the fourth inning, conditions worsened to the point that play was stopped for 90 minutes.
When action finally resumed, Grillo (2-2) showed no signs of tiring, retiring the side in order in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings.
"[Grillo] just came out with the fastball and was able to throw it for strikes," said sophomore second baseman Faiz Shakir. "Especially after the rain delay, he just came straight at us. With the cold weather, our hitters were slow reacting. [Grillo] knew that with the lead he had, he just needed to get outs."
By game's end, Grillo had faced just two batters above the minimum, striking out five while walking only one.
"He didn't make many mistakes," said junior first baseman John Franey. "We expected him to come out a little slow [after the rain delay], but he kept throwing strikes. He bounced back well."
Coupled with Grillo's mastery on the mound was Harvard's defensive inadequacy. Harvard contributed to its own demise, committing five errors in the field against just four hits at the plate.