Baseball Sweeps Hartford, 6-5, 6-4

Baseball Sweeps Hartford, 6-5, 6-4

Pictured: Jonah Klees earned the save in Sunday's first game at Hartford.

HARTFORD, Conn. – The Harvard baseball team swept Hartford in a doubleheader played in Hartford, Conn. The Crimson took game one in dramatic fashion, 6-5, before completing the sweep with a 6-4 victory in the nightcap.

With the victories, Harvard has now won three straight in moving to 6-11 on the season while Hartford dips to 5-10 overall.

In the first game, Harvard took its first lead with a three-run seventh inning and Dillon O’Neill and Sean O’Hara put together a perfect relay to throw out the would-be tying run at home plate to end the game in a 6-5 Crimson victory. The win capped a big comeback in an otherwise frustrating opener for Harvard, which saw Hartford score all five of its runs with two outs, including single runs in each of the first three innings against Harvard lefty Eric Eadington.

In game two, Jeff Reynolds had three hits and four RBI as the Crimson broke a 4-4 tie with two runs in the seventh inning.

In game one, after an error led to an unearned run in the first inning, Jon Ricco delivered the second run on a sacrifice fly to score Erik Figueredo who led off with a double to break a 1-for-25 slump. In the third, another leadoff double, by Victor Santana, was followed with a two-out single by Mike Aldrich.

Harvard scored in the fifth when Joe Smith singled to lead off and moved to third on a two-out single by Sam Franklin. With the speedy Franklin on base, Hartford pitcher Mike Thatcher spent too much effort on keeping him close and balked to score Smith from third.

Albright launched his second homer in as many games with one out in the sixth to make it a 3-2 game.  Dan Zailskas and O’Hara followed with ringing doubles to left-center to tie the game and chase Thatcher from the game.

Hartford reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the frame with two outs as pinch hitter Rodger Wilmot doubled home Andy Drexel, who led off with an infield single. Two batters later, Wilmot stole home on a double steal to make it a 5-3 game.   

Harvard took its first lead in the seventh against Hawks’ reliever Cory Beahm as leadoff walks to O’Neill and Franklin were followed by a sacrifice bunt from Jeff Reynolds. Marcus Way then stayed hot as he laced a two-run double to right. Albright advanced Way with a single to centerfield. Beahm then got Zailskas to bounce a ball back to the mound but could not complete the double play and Way crossed with the go-ahead run.  

In the seventh, Jonah Klees came on to close and got a strikeout and a flyout, surrounding an error to set up the final play and give the Crimson the win. Klees earned his second save of the season while Berardo evened his record at 1-1.  

In game two, Harvard overcame four errors to win its third straight game and this time it was the Crimson scoring all of its runs with two outs.

The Crimson broke open a 1-1 game with three runs in the fifth with Kyle Larrow scoring on a wild pitch and Reynolds plating two more with a double down the left field line.

Drexel tied the game in the bottom of the inning with a two-run homer after a run had scored on a throwing error.

With two outs in the seventh, O’Neill led off with a single and stole second base. Franklin drove him in with the eventual game-winner and advanced to second on the throw home. Reynolds then provided some insurance with his third hit of the game.

Joey Novak won the game out of the bullpen as the freshman struck out four of the five batters he faced.