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Harvard, Yale Split Baseball Doubleheader

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harvard and Yale split an Ivy League doubleheader on Saturday with each team winning a game by one run.  Yale took the opener in extra innings, 3-2, while Harvard claimed the nightcap by a 7-6 margin. Harvard remains two games behind Dartmouth and one game behind Brown in the Red Rolfe Division after those teams split a doubleheader as well.

In the opener, Yale's Jacob Hunter hit a bases loaded sacrifice fly in the bottom of the eighth inning to win the game. Joe Lubanski led off the inning with a triple, forcing Harvard to intentionally walk to batters in the hopes of setting up force outs.

Yale also had to rally in the bottom of the seventh to extend the game. In the top of the seventh, Ethan Ferreira gave Harvard a 2-1 lead when he hit a sacrifice fly to score Jeff Reynolds, who had singled with one out. In the bottom of the frame, Hunter led off with a single and, two singles later, the bases were loaded with no outs. Zack Olson allowed a sacrifice fly to tie the game but then wiggled out of trouble with a strikeout and a pop-up.

Carlton Bailey and Kyle Larrow had two hits apiece for the Crimson while Olson took the loss after allowing one hit.

In the nightcap, Harvard raced out to a 7-2 lead through five innings as the Crimson pounded out 13 hits in the first half of the game while freshman pitcher Tanner Anderson (W, 2-2) allowed just two hits through five.

In the fourth inning, Jack Colton doubled down the left field line to score Larrow (single) and Robert Wineski (single) for a 5-2 lead; in the fifth, Larrow singled home Jake McGuiggan (single) and Bailey added an RBI on a fielder's choice for a 7-1 lead.

After Anderson allowed two runs on two hits in the first inning, the Tampa, Fla. native retired 13-straight Yale batters until the Bulldogs worked back into the game in the sixth. Again it was Hunter in the middle of things as his leadoff single came as part of three hits that chased Anderson form the game. Yale ended up scoring four times in the inning with all four runs being charged to Anderson as the Bulldogs made it a 7-6 game.  

Yale got a runner to third base with one out in the eighth inning but closer Conner Hulse induced a groundout back to the mound and a fly ball to get out of the inning. Hulse then struck out the side in the ninth to earn the save with four strikeouts in 2.2 innings of timely relief.

Larrow and Reynolds each had three hits in the game while Colton, McGuiggan, Ferreira and Wineski all had two hits.