Bryan led the offense with three hits in the doubleheader (Fran RuchalskI).
NEW YORK – Opening Ivy action in the Big Apple, Harvard baseball fell to Columbia, 2-0 and 5-1, on Saturday afternoon at Robertson Field at Satow Stadium.
The Crimson (10-10, 0-2 Ivy) got three hits on the day from sophomore Trent Bryan, who also tallied the Harvard RBI in the doubleheader. Sophomore Ben Skinner and John Fallon had hits in both contests.
Game One: Columbia 2, Harvard 0
Locked in a pitchers dual, where both starters tallied complete games, Harvard fell to Columbia (5-13, 2-0 Ivy) in the opening Ancient Eight action of the season. Junior Ian Miller notched his fourth complete game on the mound for Harvard, scattering five hits and two runs over six innings with three strikeouts.
The Harvard offense was limited to five baserunners in the opening outing, including singles from Skinner, Fallon and senior Drew Reid. Reid added to his success at the plate with a series of spectacular defensive plays at shortstop.
Columbia got on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, giving the Lions a lead they would not give up. Harvard twice stranded a pair of baserunners, and Columbia doubled its lead in the fifth with an RBI-single.
Senior Josh Ellis reached second after an error on the shortstop in the final frame, but back-to-back outs by Columbia secured the result for the Lions.
Game Two: Columbia 5, Harvard 1
Junior Noah Zavolas took the mound in game two, fanning five over a career-high 7.1 innings while allowing 10 hits and five runs. The Harvard offense tallied 11 hits in the affair, which was the ninth time this season Harvard tallied double digits. Bryan led the effort with three hits, including a double, while sophomore Jake Allen recorded two.
Following three scoreless innings to open the game, sophomores Patrick Robinson and Patrick McColl opened the fourth with a pair of singles to put a runner in scoring position. Two batters later, Bryan laced a single up the middle to score Robinson, giving the Crimson a 1-0 lead.
Columbia built momentum in the sixth with a handful of singles, plating four runs on five hits. The Lions tacked on a fifth run in the eighth, with junior Garrett Rupp throwing 0.2 innings and leaving the bases loaded to close the frame.
The Harvard offense was held without a hit in the ninth inning, giving Columbia its second victory of the afternoon.
Harvard baseball returns to action on Sunday, April 2 with a 12 p.m. doubleheader at Penn. The twin bill will be broadcast on ESPN3 and the Ivy League Digital Network.