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Baseball Splits at NYIT, 2-3, 10-6

Photo courtesy Tim Cowie

OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – The Harvard baseball team split a nonleague doubleheader on Saturday at New York Institute of Technology at President's Field. NYIT scored a pair of unearned runs to take the opener, 3-2, before Harvard came back for a 10-6 win in the nightcap.

The teams will continue their weekend series tomorrow with another twinbill.

In the opener, NYIT's (2-10) Ryan Campbell was the game's only multiple-hit player in a pitcher's duel between Eric Eadington and Marcos Perez, going 2-for-2 with a pair of walks and a run batted in.

Eadington allowed just four hits while striking out eight in his 5.0 innings of work. Perez relied more on his defense but scattered five hits and three walks while striking out three in 4.2 innings. Ryan Dillabough earned the win in relief with 2.1 scoreless innings. Dan Berardo took the loss after allowing a hit and walking one in 0.2 innings of relief.

Harvard took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning on a bases loaded single from Cole Arledge but it was the only offense for a Crimson team that stranded seven runners and had four thrown out on the base paths.

NYIT tied the game in the fifth and went ahead for good in the sixth after a no-out error was followed by a one-out seeing-eye single by Campbell.

In the second game, Harvard erupted for a season-high 17 hits while benefitting from six NYIT errors in the official rulings.

The top of Harvard's order did the damage as Sam Franklin went 4-for-6, Marcus Way went 3-for-3 with three RBI and Danny Moskovits, Jeff Reynolds and Dillon O'Neill all had two hits.

Reynolds helped stake the Crimson to a 5-0 lead in the second inning with a two-run single to left. With the score 5-3 in the seventh, Way launched a solo homer to right and Andrew Hatch followed with an RBI single to give the Crimson a 7-3 lead. Harvard put the game out of reach in the eighth as Way, Moskovits and Sean O'Hara drove in runs in consecutive at bats.

Max Perlman took the win on the mound, striking out six batters in 5.0 innings in which he scattered five hits. Ben Sestanovich struck out four batters in 4.0 relief innings to earn the save.