The Crimson has two games left on its spring-break trip (photo Erik Williams).
HOUSTON - The Harvard baseball team's 2-3-4 hitters combined to go 7-for-13 with five RBI, but Houston Baptist scored 11 early runs and cruised to a 12-6 win Friday afternoon. Catcher Ethan Ferreira led the Crimson with three hits and three RBI on the day.
Sam Dodge (0-4) took the loss after throwing three innings and allowing 10 runs, although only four were earned. Houston Baptist (8-10) used two Crimson (1-14) errors to break out for six runs in the third inning.
The Huskies would add four more in the fourth with one run, coming on a Luke Clements homer, being responsible to reliever Matt Timoney who entered in the middle of the inning. The Crimson was able to answer in the top of the fifth, but only with two runs on four singles to chip into HBU's lead.
Harvard continued to add runs in the seventh and ninth, but Houston Baptist's advantage, which increased by one in the sixth, was insurmountable. The Crimson's runs came on back-to-back doubles from Mitch Klug and Brandon Kregel in the seventh, before scoring three more in the last inning. Jeff Hajdin and Kregel singled to set up Ferreira for a two-RBI triple. DJ Link completed Harvard's scoring by plating Ferreira on a single.
The promising ninth helped Harvard tie its season high for runs with six.
T.J. Laurisch also threw a 1-2-3 inning out of the bullpen.
The Crimson and Huskies meet again on Saturday and Sunday as part of the three-game series. Each contest is slated for a 3 p.m. first pitch.