Harvard Baseball, Brown Trade 4-2 Decisions to Split Season Series
Anderson did not allow Brown to score an earned run in 10 innings of work Sunday (photo Justine Agaloos).
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Starting pitchers Tanner Anderson and Baron Davis kept Harvard close in both ends of a doubleheader at Brown Sunday afternoon, but the Crimson could not capitalize in Game 2 and came away with a split for the seventh straight time in Ivy League play. Anderson threw 10 innings to help Harvard win, 4-2, in extras in Game 1, before Brown took Game 2 by an identical score.
Anderson (2-4) threw 138 pitches to get through 10 innings in Game 1, while scattering six hits, striking out five and allowing two runs, none of which were earned. The sophomore was forced to go an extra frame after Harvard (10-25, 7-9 Ivy League) and Brown (5-28, 3-13 Ivy League) traded two-run innings thanks to errors from their opponent.
The Bears struck first with two runs in the third inning. A single and a double put runners in scoring position with two outs, before Anderson induced what could have been an inning-ending groundout. The Crimson failed to make the play and both runners came around to make it 2-0 Brown.
The score remained 2-0 until the seventh, when Brown returned the favor. A walk and errors by Brown infielders in three of Harvard's next four plate appearances tied the game. Harvard went hitless in the frame that eventually pushed the game to extra innings.
Harvard hit its way to the win in the 10th inning with three singles. Matt Sanders and Mike Martin set the table with base knocks, and Brown gifted the Crimson another base runner on an error to load the sacks. Brandon Kregel broke the 2-2 tie with a base hit to center field and Nick Saathoff drew a bases loaded walk to give Anderson a two-run advantage headed to the bottom of the 10th.
Anderson made quick work of the Bears in the 10th, as just one Brown baserunner reached because of a Harvard error, to secure his second win of the season.
In Game 2, Harvard had the tying run at second base in the ninth inning before falling to Brown, 4-2. Baron Davis (2-4), who allowed four runs, three earned, on 11 hits in 7 2/3 innings, was the tough-luck loser for the Crimson.
Harvard scored an unearned run in the top of the first inning of the second game after Matt Timoney reached on an error and then stole second. Kregel doubled him home to give the Crimson an early lead, but it did not last long.
Brown answered in the bottom of the first with a single tally and added two in the fourth and one eighth, on a Wes Van Boom homer, to gain a 4-1 lead going to the ninth.
DJ Link and Sean O'Neill would not allow Harvard to go down quietly, as they both singled to start off the top of the ninth. After a fielder's choice, a walk to Martin loaded the bases for Timoney with one out. The sophomore was plunked with a Taylor Wright offering, which would be his last of the day after getting just one out, to drive home Link and make the score 4-2. Kevin Guthrie relieved Wright and needed to face only one batter to get the two-out save as he got Kregel to ground into a game-ending double play to third base.
Harvard finishes Ivy League play next weekend during a home-and-home with Dartmouth. The Crimson will travel to Hanover, N.H. for a doubleheader Saturday and the Big Green visit Cambridge for two more on Sunday. Harvard's last regular season game of the year is scheduled for April 29 in the Beanpot consolation game against Boston College.