Kregel's first-inning three-run home run set the pace for the Crimson in the game two win. (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – It was a tale of two games as the Harvard baseball team dropped the third game of its series with Brown in a classic pitchers' duel, but bounced back in a big way in game four of the weekend to muster a series split with the Bears. After falling 1-0 in to open Sunday at O'Donnell Field, the Crimson lit up its Red Rolfe Division foe, 13-3.
Despite pitching a near flawless performance – seeing just 19 batters through six innings – freshman righty Nick Gruener picked up the loss in game one. The Miami, Fla., native fanned six Bears in 6.1 innings of work, giving up just one run on three hits in the tough loss.
Uncharacteristically, Harvard also was confounded at the plate, compiling just four hits all game against Brown's Dave St. Lawrence, who went the distance striking out just two batters to pick up the win. Jack Colton grabbed a pair of base knocks, and reached second in the bottom of the seventh, but to no avail as Brown walked away with a 1-0 win after scoring a two-out run on a single through the left side in the top of the seventh off of Greg Coman, who was on in relief.
Game two, however, was a much different story for the Crimson bats. After Danny Moskovits sat down the Bears with ease in the first, Harvard went to work offensively. The Crimson reeled off eight runs on seven hits in the opening frame, even after Carlton Bailey led off with a failed bunt attempt down the third base line. He would eventually get redemption later in the inning, driving home a pair of runs with a single up the middle.
After Kyle Larrow and Mike Martin enjoyed back-to-back one-out singles, Brandon Kregel went yard, sending a deep shot to left field to plate three runs early. From there, Jake McGuiggan plated two runs with his single to left, right before Bailey grabbed his two-RBI single. Martin picked up his second hit of the inning after the pitching change, scoring Bailey from second to make it 8-0.
Not done with crossing the plate, Harvard added two more in the bottom of the second. Ethan Ferreira and Jack Colton each picked up a double to open things up, the latter making it to third on an errant throw. D.J. Link sent Colton home to make it 10-0 in favor of the Crimson in the next at bat.
Brown got a run back in the third and two in the seventh, but three Crimson runs over the fifth and sixths innings put things away indefinitely. After all was said and done, five Harvard batters picked up multi-hit games, led by Bailey and Larrow's three hits apiece. Bailey and Kregel each drove in three runs, while both Ferreira and McGuiggan accounted for two RBI in the offensive onslaught.
On the hill, Moskovits protected the Crimson bullpen by going deep into the sixth inning, giving up just three runs on five hits with seven strikeouts to just one walk. Nick Scahill, Sean O'Neill and Joey Novak all saw brief time on the mound for Harvard as well.
Moving forward, Harvard will turn its attention back to Princeton as the Crimson is set to make a return trip to New Jersey on Wednesday to finish out the earlier-rained out series with the Tigers, before facing off with UMass in the Beanpot finals on Monday in Brookline, Mass.