Easter Sunday brought a plethora of offensive production to Ithaca, N.Y., as Harvard and Cornell (6-9, 2-2 Ivy) split a pair of games. In the first, the Crimson was the kid at the egg hunt with all the candy, but the Big Red bounced back in the nightcap, as Harvard (8-14, 2-2) found itself with a nearly-empty basket.
CORNELL 11, HARVARD 2
When pitcher Max Perlman envisioned his first game back, it likely included a scoreless first inning, which the junior was able to engineer.
But Perlman probably didn’t imagine that the scoreless first would be his only inning on the mound in a nine-run loss—although Crimson coach Joe Walsh noted that the one-inning limit was pre-planned.
Perlman’s replacement, junior Dan Berardo, didn’t have quite the same success as the injury-prone star.
“Cornell kind of got hot,” junior captain Tyler Albright said.
Had the Crimson been able to match its offensive productive from the first game, it would have been able to pull off a one-run win.
Unfortunately for Harvard, its bats cooled down just as the Big Red’s started to heat up.
Berardo appeared to be cruising, as the junior opened the bottom of the second with two quick outs, but Cornell racked up two singles and a walk before second baseman Matt Langseth plated the game’s first run with a single. Berardo then walked in a second run to stake the Crimson to a 2-0 deficit. With Big Red starter Tony Bertucci pitching lights-out, Harvard would never have a chance to climb back.
“They got ahead with the curveball,” sophomore pitcher Brent Suter said. “Their starter was pretty effective.”
After Berardo had struggled against Cornell’s starters, Walsh replaced him with sophomore Marcus Way and then rookie Andrew Ferreira. The freshman rallied for a solid finish, yielding two earned runs in 3.2 innings of relief.
“Ferreira finished the game,” Walsh said. “He played really well. We felt pretty good about his performance.”
But a few strong innings couldn’t make up for Harvard’s second-game struggles, as the Big Red crossed the plate twice in the fourth and four times in the fifth to put the game out of reach.
HARVARD 12, CORNELL 6
While it was a weekend to forget for some Crimson pitchers, it was a weekend to remember for freshman second baseman Kyle Larrow, who had 5 RBI in the morning contest—including a two-run homer and a triple.