Pitching Dominates; Baseball Sweeps Brown, 6-2, 9-0

Pitching Dominates; Baseball Sweeps Brown, 6-2, 9-0

Pictured: Brent Suter threw a complete game five-hitter in the first game Monday, striking out seven as the Crimson won, 6-2.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard's pitching dominated Monday afternoon as the Crimson swept Brown in an Ivy League Rolfe Division doubleheader at O'Donnell Field. Harvard won the opener 6-2 before shutting out the Bears during a 9-0 win in the nightcap.

Harvard's pitching depth was on display throughout the afternoon in a rescheduled twinbill from Saturday's rainouts. The Crimson, which out-hit Brown 22-10, yielded a pair of first inning runs to the Bears in the opener before shutting them down for the final 15 innings.

Harvard improves to 13-20 on the season and 6-6 in the Ivy League while Brown dips to 11-22 overall and 8-4 in the Ancient Eight.

Sam Franklin had a huge afternoon for the Crimson, batting 2-for-4 with four RBI in the first game while sophomore Brent Suter improved to 2-2 as he scattered five hits while striking out seven in a 6-2 Crimson win.

Graham Tyler led off the game with an opposite field homer into a stiff wind blowing out to right. With two outs, Josh Feit drove home another  run with a squibber through the right side. Brown would not score again – and would only advance a runner to third base once more on the afternoon.

Harvard knotted the score at 2-2 in its half of the first as Franklin lined a double down the left field line to score Sean O'Hara (walk) and Marcus Way (walk).

Harvard took the lead in the fifth as O'Hara singled with one out. Tyler Albright then reached on an error and an intentional walk to Way loaded the bases for Franklin. The move proved to be fateful for Brown as Franklin lined a two-run single to right field on a full count for a 4-2 lead.

The Crimson got two insurance runs in the sixth for the 6-2 final. Dillon O'Neill singled with one out and stole second before coming around on a long double to right from Kyle Larrow. Jeff Reynolds followed with a hard single up the middle to deliver the final run.

Suter recovered from his first inning by facing just one batter over the minimum through the fifth inning.  He worked around a one-out double in the sixth and then finished the game by starting a 1-6-3 twin killing.

In the second game, Harvard split the game between junior Max Perlman and freshman Andrew Ferreira. Perlman, working on a strict pitch count, struck out four batters while scattering four hits in 4.0 innings of work. Ferreira showed the form of a strong lefty that had no-hit Boston College for five innings the previous week. Ferreira retired 12 straight batters before surrendering a hit in the ninth, finishing with two strikeouts in five innings for his first career win.

Franklin had three more hits and three RBI – and he started early as his first inning two-out, two-run single scored O'Hara (walk) and Albright (double) against starter Conor Burke (0-1).

Rob Wilcox came out of the bullpen in the second and, after walking his first batter, induced an inn-ending double play to get out of a big jam and keep it a 2-0 game.

The Crimson struck three times in the third however, to gain a 5-0 lead. O'Hara led off with a ringing double inside the third base bag and came around on a hard single up the middle from Albright. Franklin followed with another RBI single and he came home on a sacrifice fly from O'Neill.

Harvard threatened again in the sixth as Zailskas, O'Neill and Larrow recorded consecutive hard singles to chase Wilcox from the game. Brad Kottman entered but surrendered an RBI single to J.T. Tomes although first baseman Cody Slaughter did a good job of keeping the shot in the infield and holding it to one run. That did not last long as Kottman unloaded a wild pitch to score another run. Reynolds then followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 8-0. Kottman worked out of more trouble as Albright lined into a double play to end the inning.

Harvard added an insurance run in the seventh as O'Neill delivered a triple down the right field line to score Franklin, who previously continued his torturous performance against Brown with a long double to left.

Albright also had three hits while O'Neill and Dan Zailskas had two hits apiece for the Crimson. Tomes was also on base three times with his single and two full count walks.