HARVARD 5, ARMY 1
The Crimson began the doubleheader on a strong note, as early offense and a strong pitching performance from sophomore Sean Poppen propelled Harvard to a clean, 5-1 victory.
Poppen skillfully guided the Crimson through seven innings, striking out six while allowing just one unearned run. Army could never figure out the sophomore and did not advance a runner to second base until the sixth inning.
Poppen has completed at least six innings in each of his four starts this season, and he has posted a sparkling 1.44 earned run average while holding opposing hitters to a combined .220 batting average.
The Harvard offense stormed out of the gates with three runs in the top of the first, highlighted by a double from Ferreira that plated two. The team added another run in the second when Colton smacked an RBI two-bagger of his own. A single from junior Steve Dill in the eighth stretched the Crimson’s lead to four.
Four players – Colton, Ferreira, Dill, and sophomore Mitch Klug – registered two hits on the game, and Kregel walked three times.
—Staff writer David Steinbach can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.