After losing the first tilt of each doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday, the Harvard baseball team responded with a lopsided inning in both rubber games to even the series.
Playing against Brown (8-17, 2-10 Ivy) in a doubleheader at O’Donnell Field, the Crimson (8-20, 3-7 Ivy) exploded with a six-hit, seven-run seventh inning on Saturday and a seven-hit, eight-run first frame on Sunday to split the weekend’s games.
But despite these breakout innings, Harvard’s offense often struggled throughout the weekend. The team could not get the bats going in the first and third games and fell by a one-run margin in each.
“From an offensive standpoint, we had some runners in scoring position and it’s our responsibility, whoever is in that batter’s box, to produce,” Crimson coach Bill Decker said.
HARVARD 13, BROWN 3
After failing to score in Sunday’s opening game, the Crimson wasted no time putting runs on the board by batting around to open the second contest.
In the first inning, singles by co-captain infielder Kyle Larrow and junior outfielder Mike Martin set up a three-run home run from junior outfielder Brandon Kregel. A series of walks and singles continued the rally and Harvard seized an 8-0 lead after the first.
The Crimson scattered runs throughout the game to build on this early lead, while senior pitcher Daniel Moskovits and a trio of Harvard relievers held the Bears to only three runs.
Despite surrendering a two-run home run to Brown’s senior outfielder Daniel Massey in the seventh, Moskovits notched seven strikeouts over six-and-one-third innings to record his first win of the season. The senior has posted a 1.53 ERA so far this year.
The first two hitters in the lineup for the Crimson, senior utilityman Carlton Bailey and Larrow, combined for six hits and four runs on the afternoon.
Two doubles off the bat of junior co-captain catcher Ethan Ferreira in the fifth and seventh innings capped off the Harvard offense, which totaled 16 hits in the victory.
BROWN 1, HARVARD 0
In a pitching duel that came down to the final at-bat, Bears junior Dave St. Lawrence edged out Crimson freshman Nick Gruener to notch Brown’s second win of the weekend.
Two leadoff singles in the seventh inning gave the Bears its first scoring opportunity of the game. Brown wasted no time as junior outfielder Will Marcal hit a single to left to knock in what proved to be the decisive run.
After surrendering a hit in the first, Gruener threw five hitless innings and struck out six to keep Harvard locked in a 0-0 tie with the Bears.