Pictured: Marcus Way
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harvard and Yale split a baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Yale Field with Harvard taking the opener, 7-4, before Yale scored early and often in a 15-1 victory in the nightcap. The teams will resume their series on Monday afternoon.
Harvard (14-22, 7-7 Ivy League) remains 2.0 games behind Dartmouth and Brown, which split their twinbill on Saturday. Yale sees its record go to 17-19-1, 4-10 in the league.
In the first game, Brent Suter threw six strong innings and the Crimson downed Yale, 7-4.
Suter struck out five batters in his six innings, giving way to Will Keuper with two runners on base in the seventh with Harvard leading, 7-1. Keuper surrendered runs by the two inherited runners as well as another with Yale before loading the bases with two outs. Marcus Way came on from designated hitter to close things out, getting Andrew Kolmar swinging at a 2-2 pitch for the final out.
Offensively, Sam Franklin set the tone early with a one-out triple in the first inning that saw him score after a throwing error. Sean O'Hara later followed with a run-scoring triple and double during a three-hit day. Tyler Albright also contributed a pair of hits and a successful suicide squeeze while also stealing a base.
While starting as the DH, Way also had two hits and a stolen base, which put him in position to score Harvard's seventh run in the seventh inning when he took home on a designed 1st-and-3rd play from the bench.
In game two, Yale scored seven times in the first inning en route to an easy victory as the Crimson pitching never got on track.
The first three Yale batters reached base in a first inning that saw two walks, a hit batsman and an infield single followed by a double from number nine batter Matt Schmidt. Yale batted around in the inning while adding runs in the second, third, fourth and seventh innings.
Yale led 13-0 before Harvard got on the board in the seventh with a Chris Rouches RBI single to score Albright, who had walked to lead off.
Trey Rallis and Schmidt led Yale's 16-hit attack with three safeties each.
Way came on in relief in the seventh inning and was the only Crimson hurler with a scoreless appearance, striking out two batters in 1.1 innings.