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Co-captain utilityman Carlton Bailey, who leads the Crimson with a .317 batting average, added to his mark on Monday against UMass in the championship round of the Beanpot. Bailey went 2-for-3 to help Harvard celebrate Patriots Day with its third all-time Beanpot win, and first since 2005.
After coming off of a rocky series against Yale, the Harvard baseball team secured the Beanpot Championship against UMass for the first time in nine years.
Harvard began Saturday's doubleheader with a win over Yale, 6-2, but could not keep up play in the second game, falling to the Bulldogs, 8-2.
After splitting Saturday’s games with the Bulldogs (17-19, 9-7 Ivy), the Crimson (10-24, 5-11 Ivy) suffered two extra-inning nail-biters on Easter Sunday to fall four games off the division leading pace.
Co-captain second baseman Kyle Larrow, pictured above in previous action, scored a run in the second tilt on Wednesday, and had a key sacrifice bunt to set up the winning score in the first matchup. The Crimson resumed a previously scheduled doubleheader on Wednesday against conference rival Princeton, and the team ended up splitting the two contests.
Going into Wednesday, the Harvard and Princeton baseball teams had been waiting eagerly for 18 days to get a chance to face off in a full game.
The Crimson exploded with a six-hit, seven-run seventh inning on Saturday and a seven-hit, eight-run first frame on Sunday, but the Harvard offense was largely silent in its two losses.
Although the Eagles managed a run in the top of the ninth, Harvard would hang on to defeat its crosstown rival, 6-5, in the first round of the Beanpot at O’Donnell Field Wednesday afternoon.
The Crimson allowed at least seven runs in every contest against Penn and Columbia and committed a combined 11 errors, leading to 13 unearned runs.
On a windy day in April 2013, the Harvard baseball team took the field against Princeton in the rubber game of a doubleheader. The Crimson had decisively lost the first contest to the Tigers, 13-1, and was looking to bounce back to split the series at O’Donnell Field. What ensued was wilder than anyone could have imagined.
When Harvard hosts Penn at O’Donnell Field this Saturday, the Crimson will compete at home for the first time all season. If Coach Bill Decker has his way, in a few years, the trip to Cambridge will not be one that opponents enjoy making.
Joshua Kantor, organist for Fenway Park's Boston Red Sox and assistant librarian of the Loeb Music Library, practices a standard ball game tune.