Bailey drove in a pair of runs, but the Crimson fell, 6-4, on Saturday. (Photo: Gil Talbot)
TAMPA -- Despite a furious rally in the ninth inning, the Harvard baseball team dropped a close outing to Army on Saturday, thanks to a six-run output over the third and fourth innings.
Sam Dodge drew the loss on the day, going 2.1 innings, giving up just two hits, but allowing four runs to come in on five walks. At the plate, Carlton Bailey had another stellar outing, going 3-for-5 with two RBI. Both Jack Colton and Jake McGuiggan grabbed a pair of hits on the day for the Crimson as well.
Through the first two innings, the two clubs combined for just one hit, but the Black Knights pounced in the bottom of the third. After one-out walk, hit-by-pitch and a single before him, Patrick Mescher sent a grand slam over the wall to give Army the quick 4-0 lead.
After the Crimson were retired in order in the top half of the fourth, Army tacked on another two runs after a two-out sac fly ad a single.
Down 6-0 into the seventh, Colton grabbed a one-out single, and was eventually brought home by Steve Dill, who grounded out to short.
The top of the ninth, however, Harvard attacked. A couple of errors and a Carlton Bailey single quickly made it 6-4 in the top of the inning, but a final fly out ended things before the Crimson could dent the scoreboard any further.
With its trip south concluded, Harvard returns to the Bay State with a trip to Holy Cross on Wednesday.