Combined with continued rock-solid starting pitching, the improved results at the plate translated to 9-8 and 8-2 Harvard wins, respectively, over the New Jersey-based Bison and in-state rival Minutemen.
The Crimson looked to take care of business in Washington, D.C. against two teams that had combined for one win and 10 losses before the start of weekend play. Buoyed by an offensive outburst of 33 total runs, Harvard (4-0) did more than just take care of business—its weekend sweep illustrated the potential of a team firing on all cylinders.
When Harvard baseball takes the field for its 2017 season opener against Lafayette, two of the team’s coaches, Ron Rakowski and Tom Conley, will have the distinction of commencing their “first year” with the team—a slight misnomer given that they both have over six months of experience working within the Crimson’s coaching structure.
Midge Purce is the first Harvard selection to the First Team since Emily Stauffer ’98-’99 and Naomi Miller ’99. She has also been named a semifinalist for the 2016 Mac Hermann Trophy, the most prestigious individual honor in collegiate soccer.
The wet conditions played a role in keeping the game low-scoring, but the performances of the two goalkeepers were more responsible for the tight affair. A 4th minute goal from senior forward Karly Zlatic after a scramble in the box proved to be the difference, as the contest ended 1-0 in favor of the Crimson.
The Eagles exploded for 21 shots, however, and soundly thwarted any chance for Harvard’s first upset win with a 3-0 victory over the visitors. BC (6-0-1) remains undefeated, while the Crimson (2-3) slips back under .500 just past the halfway mark in non-conference play.
On Thursday night, under the lights at Jordan Field for the third consecutive game, the Crimson dispatched winless Central Connecticut State, 3-0, on two goals from senior forward Midge Purce to pick up its second win of the season and move to 2-1.