Though its run through the Ivy League slate hasn’t been the most successful, the Harvard baseball team is still fighting hard and winning games as the season winds down.
The young team is committed to having fun and play relatively loose, and taking three of four games on a trip to Murray Stadium in Providence, R.I. this past weekend certainly helped.
The Crimson split Saturday’s doubleheader with Brown before sweeping Sunday’s two games to improve to 16-20 on the season and 5-11 in conference play. The Bears (12-21, 5-11 Ivy League), meanwhile, have now lost 10 of their last 13 games and are tied with Harvard and Princeton for having the worst conference record.
“It was great to take the series win from Brown,” freshman relief pitcher Kieran Shaw said. “We definitely have to feed off this momentum in the midweek game. It’s also going to be a big weekend against Dartmouth, so we’re looking forward to it all.”
HARVARD 7, BROWN 6 (11 INNINGS)
The Crimson squandered a 6-2 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth, but Shaw stopped the bleeding after Brown tied it at 6-6, and sophomore outfielder Trent Bryan hit a go-ahead solo shot in the eleventh inning to give Harvard the series win.
“Trent really crushed that ball to left-center,” sophomore first baseman Patrick McColl said. “He was struggling a little earlier on in the weekend but then really found it…it was huge to get a big win like that for us.”
A 2-1 game in the Crimson’s favor turned into a higher-scoring affair as McColl hit his own three-run bomb in the eighth to give his team a 5-1 lead. Closing out the game, however, wasn’t so straightforward for the bullpen, as Brown’s managed to score four in the ninth. Sophomore starter Kevin Stone tossed eight innings of two-run ball to keep the Bears in check and left with a no-decision.
“Kevin gave us a great outing—unfortunately, I didn’t have a great first inning out there,” Shaw said. “But after that…I threw well and hit my spots. The last inning, I just got in a groove, and I always have my defense behind me making plays.”
Shaw struck out the first two batters in the bottom of the eleventh and induced a game-ending flyout to secure the win for Harvard.
HARVARD 4, BROWN 3
Sophomore righty Simon Rosenblum-Larson struck out a career high 11 batters in six innings of work and held Brown to just one earned run in the Crimson’s 4-3 win over the Bears in the Sunday opener. Eight of the first nine outs were strikeouts of Brown batsmen.
“[Simon] was really feeling his stuff early on,” McColl said. “They just couldn’t hit him.”
Senior captain Josh Ellis, sophomore outfielder Patrick Robinson, and sophomore outfielder John MacLean all had multi-hit games to pace Harvard’s offense, which put up 11 hits on the game.
Shaw pitched a scoreless final inning for his second save of the season.
Baseball Takes Three of Four From Brown to Keep Playoff Hopes AliveThe Harvard baseball team took care of its business over the weekend to stay alive in Red Rolfe play. The Crimson took three of four from Brown to stay two games back of Yale as both teams head into a pair of decisive four-game series next weekend.
Pitching Staff Carries Crimson Softball Team to Key VictoriesHeading into weekend play against Brown, Harvard softball sat just three games behind Dartmouth for the top spot in the Ivy League standings. As a fly ball settled into the glove of freshman left fielder Kaitlyn Schiffhauer for the final out of the home series, the Crimson cut Dartmouth’s lead to a solitary game.
Softball Sweeps Brown in Weekend SetIn Providence, R.I., Harvard softball stayed in contention for an Ivy League Championship Series bid as it swept Brown in a three-game weekend series, putting the Crimson second in the Ivy North Division behind only Dartmouth. The three victories extended Harvard’s Ivy League winning streak to five consecutive games.
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