Harvard Baseball Defeats Boston College, 5-3, in 2012 Home Opener

Steven Dill had two hits and two RBI in a win over Boston College on April 4, 2012
Steven Dill had two hits and two RBI in a win over Boston College on April 4, 2012

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Jeff Reynolds and Steve Dill each had two hits and two runs batted in as Harvard defeated Boston College, 5-3, in its 2012 home debut Wednesday at O'Donnell Field.

The win broke a 15-game losing streak to the Eagles with Harvard recording its first win over Boston College since a 6-1 victory back in 2001. The teams will meet again next Tuesday in the first round of the annual Beanpot, hosted this year at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Senior Marcus Way made his 2012 pitching debut and was fantastic in his three innings of work of no-hit ball before continuing on as the designated hitter.

Harvard struck for three runs in the third inning after BC starter Steve Green (0-4) walked a pair of batters with one out. Carlton Bailey then laid down a perfect bunt single to load the bases and Reynolds drove home the first run of the day with a fielder's choice. Dill then hit a soft liner to right field scoring two more.

Boston College got an unearned run back in the fourth inning against Harvard reliever Jacob Kremers (1-1), who earned his first collegiate victory with two innings of relief in which he allowed two this while striking out two.

Reynolds made it a 4-1 game in the fifth when he singled sharply through the left side to score Ethan Ferreira (single) from second with the freshman making a great slide at home to avoid the tag.

In the seventh, a leadoff walk and a double forced Harvard to the bullpen with Conner Hulse coming on in relief of Sam Dodge. Hulse induced a grounder to short but all runners were safe on a fielder's choice that failed to net an out. Hulse then got a double play ball but a second run scored to make it a close game at 4-3.

Harvard was able to push across a run in the bottom of the eighth on a bases loaded walk to Zach Boden but BC got a break as the Crimson hit into a line drive double play to help the Eagles out of further trouble.

In the ninth, an infield single was erased on a double play ball to end the game with Hulse earning a three-inning save with just the one hit and a strikeout on his ledger.

For the game, Harvard's four pitchers allowed just four hits. Reynolds and Dill were the lone Harvard players to record multiple hits while BC's Rob Moir had a 2-for-5 day for the visitors. Starting first baseman Nick Saathoff turned in the play of the day as he dove towards the baseline to snare a would-be double and get an out at first with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

Harvard is back in action at O'Donnell Field this weekend with a Saturday doubleheader against Columbia (noon) and a Sunday twinbill against Penn (noon.)

Saturday's game as a featured Student Rewards game. Harvard Undergraduate can stop by the Harvard Athletics tent to swipe their ID cards for $1 in Crimson Cash and entry into the spring grand prize giveaway. The first 100 students will also receive a Crimson T-shirt.