CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Harvard baseball team was undone by a pair of four-run innings for Coastal Carolina in a 10-0 road loss Saturday afternoon at TicketReturn.com Field in the Coastal Carolina Invitational.
The Chanticleers (6-8) struck early for four runs in the first inning and put the game out of reach with four more in the sixth to push their lead to 9-0. Tyler Poole pitched five shutout innings and allowed five hits to pick up the win for Coastal.
Mike Martin, returning to action this weekend after missing four games with an injury, registered three hits to lead the Crimson (1-5). Nick Saathoff registered the Crimson's lone extra-base hit, a second-inning double.
The Crimson got a runner to third base on five occasions, including twice in the ninth inning. Jordan Haviland, pinch-running for Martin, attempted to score from second base on an Ethan Ferreira single but was thrown out at the plate. Harvard later loaded the bases, but a fly ball stranded the runners and ended the game.
Starter Sam Dodge struck out three batters and allowed five runs, three earned, in 3.2 innings. T.J. Laurisch retired the Chanticleers in order in the eighth inning, his only frame of work, striking out one.
Harvard also threatened in the top half of each of Coastal's big innings. Robert Wineski and Martin hit back-to-back, one-out singles in the first inning, with Wineski advancing to third on Martin's hit.
Martin manufactured a threat in the top of the sixth. He reached base on a one-out single and then with two outs stole second base and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Harvard also stranded Saathoff on third in the second inning.