Baseball Splits Doubleheader with Penn
Mike Martin had two doubles and scored a pair of runs in the Crimson's win (OAC).
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - The Harvard baseball team split its doubleheader with Penn over the weekend, dropping the opener before winning the second contest, which was suspended in the eighth inning Sunday, Monday aftertoon at Meiklejohn Stadium.
The Crimson (4-18) fell in the first contest, 4-1, Sunday before taking the suspended contest, 6-3, Monday afternoon. The win improves Harvard to 1-3 in Ivy League play, while the Quakers are now 3-1 in the Ancient Eight.
Harvard used a pair of three-run innings to top the Quakers in the second contest to earn its first conference victory of the season. Mike Martin led the offensive charge for the Crimson with three hits, including two doubles and two runs, while Tanner Anderson had a double, single and three RBI. Rob Wineski chipped in a pair of singles, while Mitch Klug and Brandon Kregel both scored two runs.
The Crimson wasted little time getting on the board as it jumped all over Penn starting pitcher Pat Bet in the first. Martin slapped a single to center to get things started for the Crimson before Klug and Kregel walked to load the bases with nobody out. Nick Saathoff then delivered an infield single to keep the bases filled and score a run, and Anderson ripped a two-run single back up the middle to put men at first and second. Following a Carlton Bailey sacrifice bunt, which moved runners over to second and third, Harvard could not capitalize further to keep the advantage at three.
Harvard starting pitcher Sean Poppen worked out of trouble in the first and third to keep the advantage, but the Quakers were finally able to break through and tie the game in the fifth.
Gary Tesch ripped a leadoff triple, and Betbeze followed with a single through the right side to get Penn on the board. Villardo sent a single into center before a sacrifice bunt placed runners at second and third. Spencer Branigan plated both runners with a double to left to tie the score.
The tie would remain until the top of the ninth when the Crimson struck three times to break the game open.
Martin hit a two-bagger to center to get the offense started with one out. Klug was hit by a pitch, and Kregel had an infield single to fill the bases. Saathoff worked a bases loaded walk, and Anderson was hit by a pitch to force in another run. Bailey capped the scoring with a RBI fielder's choice.
Reliever Matt Sanders slammed the door in the bottom of the frame to earn his second victory of the season. He went two innings, allowed one hit and one walk and struck out two to get the victory. Poppen received a no decision for his efforts. The freshman gave up 10 hits, three runs and one walk while striking out four in seven innings on the mound.
In the opener, the Quakers took an early lead before scoring three runs in the fifth inning, which proved to be the difference in the ball game.
Brandon Kregel paced the offense with two hits, including a double, while Carlton Bailey had a pair of singles and scored a run for Harvard. Jeff Hajdin delivered a RBI single, as the Crimson finished the game with eight hits.
Penn wasted no time getting on the board, taking a 1-0 advantage in the first. The Quakers capitalized on a leadoff walk to Connor Betbeze, who stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. Ryan Dietrich plated him with a RBI single back up the middle before starting pitcher Tanner Anderson ended the threat with a pair of groundouts.
The score would remain unchanged until the bottom of the fifth inning. Following a single and walk to start the frame, Betbeze connected for a two-run single to center to push the cushion to three. After swiping second, he came in to score on a Michael Villardo single to make it 4-0.
Harvard tried to mount a comeback in its final at bat in the seventh. Bailey began the frame with a single back up the middle. Pinch hitter Matt Timoney reached on an infield single to first to put runners at the first and second. Hajdin then smacked a base hit to left field to drive in Bailey and bring the tying run to the plate. However, the Quakers went to the bullpen, and reliever Ronnie Glenn got a pair of strikeouts and a ground out to end the threat and the contest.
Anderson turned in a solid start for the Crimson. He went five innings, allowed six hits, struck out two and allowed four runs to take the loss, while Jordan Haviland threw one perfect inning of relief.
Harvard returns to action on Wednesday at Boston College at 3 p.m. before jumping back into Ivy League play with a pair of home doubleheaders against Cornell and Princeton Saturday and Sunday, respectively.