Baseball Drops Wild Beanpot Game to Massachusetts, 15-11

Pictured: Tyler Albright was 4-for-5 with five RBIs Wednesday against Massachusetts (Gil Talbot).

BROCKTON, Mass. – A wild second round baseball Beanpot game saw Harvard take a 9-3 lead against Massachusetts but eight Crimson errors proved too much to overcome as the Minutemen came back for a 15-11 win at Brockton's Campanelli Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.

It was a wild game that saw Harvard (13-21) use 22 players including seven pitchers. The teams combined for 30 hits and 10 errors with Massachusetts (8-20) edging out Harvard in the hits category, 16-14.

Tyler Albright led Harvard with a 4-for-5 effort and five runs batted in. Dillon O'Neill, Sam Franklin and Marcus Way all had two hits.

As it has in the past, Harvard started quickly in Beanpot play as the Crimson scored three times in the first, three times in the second and three times in the fourth. Albright delivered a two-run single in the first an RBI double in the third and a two-run single in the fourth for the Crimson.

Cole Arledge also delivered an RBI with a first inning single through the left side. Way clubbed an opposite field two-run blast in the third and Sean O'Hara also delivered a run with a groundout in the fourth.

Massachusetts scored the first of several unearned runs in the bottom of the frame with an unearned run coming after a double, passed ball and throwing error. Mike Gedman hit a two-run homer to right in the second and a two-run shot to left to highlight a five-run fourth for UMass.

Massachusetts took its first lead of the game in the sixth. A pair of leadoff singles were followed by a double to center from Matt Gedman to tie the game at 9-9. Matt Donato plated the go-ahead run with a soft groundout and Harvard's fifth error of the game brought home the 11th UMass run.

Albright and Way led off the seventh with singles and, with one out, Taylor Helgren delivered an RBI double inside the third base bag to put runners at second and third. Dan Zailskas then tied the game with a pinch-hit RBI fielder's choice.

The momentum was short-lived. Harvard's Zach Hofeld got two quick outs in the bottom of the frame but with two straight singles, the Crimson got into more trouble. A wild pitch saw Ryan Cusick try to take third. A good throw from Albright was booted, allowing Cusick to score. An intentional walk set up a force out but another wild pitch moved the runners along and Donato delivered two more runs with a single to left. After a pitching change, Brian Baudinet drove home another run with a triple to right for a 15-11 lead.

Harvard put runners on second and third with one out in the eighth but could not score and UMass closed the game out as Donato made a spectacular diving catch down the right field line to end the game and keep another Harvard run off the board.