ITHACA, N.Y. – Harvard split an Ivy League double header at Cornell on Sunday as the Crimson pounded the Big Red, 12-6, in the opener before the Crimson stranded seven runners in dropping an 11-2 decision in the nightcap.
Harvard (8-14, 2-2 Ivy) is back in action on Tuesday when the Crimson opens its home schedule against Bryant. Cornell sees its record move to 6-9 overall and 2-2 in the Ivy League.
In the first game, all nine Crimson starters had a hit and Kyle Larrow went 3-for-4 with five RBI on a strength of a two-run homer in the second, an RBI triple in the third and a two-run single in the seventh.
That was enough to make a winner of Brent Suter who overcame a pair of first inning runs to go six strong innings in which he struck out seven while walking one.
Harvard led 8-2 before scoring four times in the top of the seventh. Cornell scored four times against the Crimson bullpen in the seventh but could not overcome the big margin.
Tyler Albright, Sean O’Hara and Dan Zailskas all had two this for the Crimson.
In game two, Cornell had already chased Harvard starter Dan Berardo in the third inning. It then broke open a 5-2 game in the fifth with four runs against the Crimson bullpen to make it a 9-2 contest. Harvard would not recover as Cornell added a pair of insurance runs in the eighth and finished with 15 hits.
O’Hara again finished with two hits while adding an RBI. Joe Smith drove home the other run with a third-inning single to center field. Andrew Ferreira struck out six batters in 3.2 innings of relief while Max Perlman, hampered by injuries over the past two seasons, made his 2010 debut, throwing a scoreless inning.
Four different Cornell players finished with two RBI apiece while Mickey Brodsky and Marshall Yanzick had three hits each.