Larrow and the Crimson stole the rubber match against the Spartans on St. Patrick's Day. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
GREENVILLE, S.C. – Senior second baseman Kyle Larrow drove in four runs while pitchers Sam Dodge and Tanner Anderson combined to give up just three in 7.2 innings of work as the Harvard baseball team downed Michigan State on Monday, 7-3, at Fluor Field.
Larrow paced the Crimson at the plate, going 2-for-5 with a run and four RBI, while centerfielder Mike Martin scored a pair of runs and finished 2-for-3. Rightfielder Brandon Kregel also knocked in a pair of runners with his 1-for-3 day.
The Crimson (2-9) was in search of its first run of the series with the Spartans, and in the top of the second inning, it finally found its stride as Steve Dill connected with a one-out single. The junior firstbaseman eventually came around to score after Mitch Klug was hit by a pitch and Larrow plopped an RBI single into right. Jack Colton drew a two-out walk with the bases loaded to bring home Klug. In the next at bat, Brandon Kregel was hit by a pitch that scored Mike Martin on the play to make it 3-0 Crimson in the early going.
Dodge set the Spartans down in order in the bottom of the second and the bottom of the fourth, and survived a scare in the bottom of the third, after yielding a leadoff double. MSU, however, figured out Dodge in the fifth. After the Spartans led off with a single, Cam Gibson grabbed a one-out double to make it 3-1. An error made it 3-2 two batters later, as Matt Timoney came on in relief. The junior finished off the Spartans, but only after MSU grabbed one more RBI single to tie things at 3-3 after five full innings. Dodge would finish his outing giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits, while striking out five and walking two.
The next inning, however, the Crimson put its foot on the gas pedal. Harvard got early help thanks to a Klug double down the left field line. Jake McGuiggan was then hit by a pitch, followed in the next at bat by a Klug single to the mound to load the bags with no outs. That's when Larrow stepped up to the plate and delivered a bases-clearing triple to right that changed the game. Two batters later, Kregel sent a sac fly to deep center to score Larrow to give Harvard the 7-3 lead.
Anderson came on to relieve Timoney and got the Spartans to sit in order to finish off the sixth. Anderson survived a scare in the eighth inning, but the junior got PJ Nowak to go swinging and Hovis to fly out to right to earn the save and preserve the rubber match win for the Crimson.
Harvard will make the trip from Greenville to Winter Haven, Fla., tonight as the Crimson is set to take on UConn Tuesday afternoon.