The junior right-hander tossed a complete-game one-hitter in a 3-1 win to kick off a Crimson sweep of Cornell at O’Donnell Field Saturday and move Harvard’s Ivy record to a perfect 6-0.
Herrmann—who less than a week earlier missed a start due to tendonitis in his throwing elbow—was perfect through five and allowed only one run and two base runners while striking out six over seven innings to erase any doubts about his health.
“He’s been on the shelf for a little bit,” said Harvard coach Joe Walsh about Herrmann’s 10-day layoff. “But he was just throwing first-pitch strike after first-pitch strike, “
‘It was just huge for us,” Walsh continued, “because now we can come back with [Matt] Brunnig and [Shawn] Haviland tomorrow.”
Herrmann’s performance was followed up by senior Mike Morgalis, who threw a gem of his own, allowing only one earned run and six hits through seven to help clinch a 2-1 win in Game 2.
“Mike and I were feeling pretty good before the games today,” Herrmann joked, standing next to Morgalis. “So we told the guys to save all the runs for Princeton, since that’s the team we really don’t like.”
“Right, Mike?” he added, flashing a grin at his teammate
Herrmann had every right to be jovial. With the sweep, Harvard moved into sole possession of the Red Rolfe division lead, two games ahead of Dartmouth. Also, with a Big Green sweep of Princeton the same day, the Crimson remained the only undefeated team in the league.
“I think it’s really important [to be 6-0],” Morgalis said. “Especially because last year we ended up losing [the division] by one game. If we wouldn’t have lost [Game 1 against Cornell] last year, we would have won.”
The Big Red fell to 6-11 (1-3 Ivy) with the pair of losses.
HARVARD 2, CORNELL 1
With two outs and Steffan Wilson on second base with a double, junior shortstop Morgan Brown drove a base hit up the middle to break a scoreless tie in the seventh inning.
The next batter, Ian Wallace, singled to right to drive in Brown and give the Crimson all the runs it would need in a 2-1 victory.
But not before things got interesting.
With Harvard leading 2-0, Seth Gordon reached on an error to open the top of the eighth, then scored when right fielder Lance Salsgiver fielded a base hit by Michael Weiss and his throw skipped into foul territory behind third.