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Big Innings Push Harvard Baseball, Brown to Doubleheader Split

Mike Martin is tied for the team-lead with a .303 batting average after going 5-10 today (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --
The Harvard baseball team split an Ivy League doubleheader at Brown, winning, 12-10, before falling, 14-2, Saturday afternoon at Murray Stadium. Big innings propelled the teams in both games as Harvard scored seven in the fourth frame of Game 1 and Brown used nine runs in the first inning of Game 2 to coast to victory.

Mike Martin led the Crimson's offensive charge with five hits on the day, as Harvard split an Ancient Eight doubleheader for the sixth straight time. Tanner Anderson added four hits and three RBI for Harvard and Nick Saathoff and Sean O'Neill each homered.

Harvard (9-25, 6-8 Ivy League) started the day by scoring two in the top of the first on its way to a 3-2 lead through three innings before blowing the game open in the fourth. The Crimson plated seven runs in the top of the fourth on nine hits, including seven singles.

Jeff Hadjin, Martin and Mitch Klug started the rally with back-to-back-to-back hits to open the inning and chase Brown starter Anthony Galan (1-4), then Tanner Anderson and Brandon Kregel made it five straight knocks for the Crimson off of reliever Eddie Fitzpatrick. Harvard batted around in the stanza, continuing to circle the bases, as Hajdin and Martin both ended the inning with two hits.

The outburst was enough for Harvard starter Sam Dodge (2-2) to pick up the win after throwing five innings and allowing six runs on 12 hits. Jordan Haviland finished the game and allowed four runs in the seventh, but not before the Crimson scored two more times, including once on Saathoff's solo shot.

Brown (4-27, 2-12 Ivy League) cruised in Game 2 thanks to its nine-run first and the pitching of Dave St. Lawrence (1-5). The Bears' starter worked eight innings, limiting Harvard to two runs on six hits while striking out five.

Sean Poppen (1-3) took the loss after exiting in the second inning. Shaun Rubin entered and finished the final six innings, but Harvard could not get an offensive push going.

The Crimson's runs came off of O'Neill's home run in the fifth and a Saathoff RBI single in the eighth to drive in Matt Sanders.

Harvard and Brown play another doubleheader tomorrow in Providence, R.I. The first pitch is slated for noon.