In yesterday’s doubleheader against Cornell, the Harvard men’s baseball team achieved its first Ivy League win in spectacular fashion with a walk-off grand slam from junior Marcus Way. The Crimson faltered in the second game though, getting into a double-digit deficit in the second inning.
Harvard (4-24, 1-7 Ivy) entered the four-game weekend hoping to improve its record in the Ivy League but came away with just one win, thanks to Way’s heroic grand slam at the end of the first game against Big Red (4-20, 2-6).
CORNELL 18, HARVARD 5
In the second game of the day, the Big Red built an early lead and didn’t relent.
Cornell opened with a scoreless inning, and the Crimson tallied one run by junior Jeff Reynolds off an RBI by senior Sean O’Hara.
The top of the second inning was one Harvard wished it could get back. The Big Red took advantage of the Crimson’s pitching and a few key errors, scoring 12 runs.
Harvard tried to shake things up after failing to strike out a Cornell player, switching the pitcher twice in the never-ending frame.
“We had a miscue on first base, not covering on a routine ground ball,” said Crimson coach Joe Walsh. “We kicked a couple of balls and basically gave them six outs in an inning.”
After scoring 12 runs off 15 batters and two Harvard errors, the Big Red was up, 12-1, at the close of the second inning.
What Walsh called a “lack of focus and lack of determination” allowed the visitors to get the victory over the Crimson.
The wind was definitely a factor, as several of Cornell’s hits were carried past the fence in fair territory.
“There were fly balls that were out—that was for both teams, but we didn’t put the ball in the air during that inning,” Walsh said.
“They hit a lot out, but they also were hitting the ball on the screws,” Harvard captain Tyler Albright added. “And you’ve got to be able to match that in order to win.”
After the second inning, a home run from Reynolds put the Crimson back on the board, bringing in three runs.
But Reynolds’ standout performance wasn’t enough to make up for the initial deficit.
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