Brandon Kregel tied his season and career high with three hits in game one at McNeese St. (photo Erik Williams).
LAKE CHARLES, La. – The Harvard baseball team continued its ten-day, ten-game trip during spring break with 10-0 and 11-0 losses to McNeese St. Tuesday night. The Cowboys outhit the Crimson, 25-11, to sweep the doubleheader at Cowboy Diamond.
It took McNeese St. (12-8) four batters to open up a 4-0 lead over Harvard (1-12) in the opener, the first ever meeting between the two programs. A walk, single and hit batsman loaded the bases for cleanup hitter Taylor Drake, who homered over the leftfield wall for a grand slam.
Harvard starter Matt Doyle (0-2) settled down for the next 12 outs, allowing McNeese St. just one other run through the fourth inning, but the Crimson bats could not get anything started. Jeff Hajdin and Brandon Kregel, who had three hits in the game, singled in the fifth, before the top of the frame ended on a fielder's choice and the Cowboys proceeded to add on four more runs in the bottom half. Four Cowboy hits and two Crimson errors made it 9-0 after five innings.
Another Cowboys' run in the sixth and a scoreless seventh ended the contest.
The Crimson's offense was limited again in the nightcap and came up with four hits, including two from freshman DJ Link, in the game. McNeese St. starter Jason Gibson (1-0) took a no-hitter through 6.2 innings, before Michael Loughlin and Link broke up the bid with back-to-back singles. The Cowboys already had an 11-0 advantage at that point, thanks to three runs in the fourth inning, five in the fifth and two in the sixth.
Freshman lefty Shaun Rubin was a bright spot on the mound for Harvard, as he shutout the Cowboys in the last two innings of the day and allowed just one hit. Baron Davis fell to 1-1 after pitching the first four innings and allow four earned runs on seven hits.
McNeese St.'s top five hitters went 8-20 in game two, including three hits from No. 5 hitter Connor Lloyd and three RBI apiece from leadoff man Tyler Klouser and Jackson Gooch, the No. 3 hitter.
Harvard is back in action tomorrow night at Houston. The Crimson and Cougars will meet for the first time ever at 5 p.m. central time.