In baseball, one bad inning is often enough to derail your chances in a game. This is all too clear for Harvard, which was 0-4 in the first contests of its weeklong road trip.
In all four games, one inning made all of the difference.
“We seem to play a good seven or eight innings during our game, but we always seem to have that one inning where we run into some troubles,” Crimson coach Joe Walsh said.
One game featured a walk-off single in extra innings. In the others, Harvard allowed at least four runs—and as many as seven—in a single frame, and each time the crooked number was the clear difference.
“We had some tough losses, but we’re going to build upon them. Right now, we’ve been hitting the ball well, scoring some runs, but haven’t really been finishing games,” said junior captain and catcher Tyler Albright.
With the losses, the team moves to 3-7 for the season going into its weekend series against Charlotte.
UNC GREENSBORO 12, HARVARD 7
For seven and a half innings, the second game against UNC Greensboro was a competitive, back-and-forth contest.
In the top of the seventh, the Crimson quickly scored two runs on an Albright double to tie the game, but could not score again in the inning despite a number of bases-loaded opportunities.
The Spartans capitalized on those same chances in the home half, and Harvard surrendered its second grand slam of the road trip.
“[It] should’ve been a pretty close game, 8-8 going into the late innings, [but] next thing you know it’s 12-6,” Walsh said.
Sophomore Jonah Klees, who pitched a perfect seventh inning in relief before allowing all six runs in the eighth, was charged with the loss—his first decision of the season.
Albright, batting in the seventh spot, led the Crimson offensively with three RBI on the evening. Sophomore Marcus Way hit his first career home run in the ninth inning.
UNC GREENSBORO 4, HARVARD 3 (10 innings)
After two blowouts to start Harvard’s road trip, the Crimson kept its first of two games against UNC Greensboro close, but still lost on a 10th inning RBI single for its third loss in as many games.