Baseball Defeats Boston College, 5-2; Advances to Beanpot Championship Game

Nick Saathoff was 3-for-4 with a double in Harvard's 5-2 win over Boston College in a first round Beanpot game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. (Photo: Preston English)
Nick Saathoff was 3-for-4 with a double in Harvard's 5-2 win over Boston College in a first round Beanpot game at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. (Photo: Preston English)

LOWELL, Mass. – Harvard defeated Boston College for the second time this season, this time by a 5-2 score as the Crimson will advance to the championship game of the Beanpot at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass.

Freshman Matt Timoney (1-1) made his second career start and dazzled through 7.1 innings, keeping BC off-balance throughout and limiting the Eagles to one earned run. Harvard put runners on base in all but one inning, consistently keeping the Eagles on their heels in a 14-hit campaign. In the end, relievers Andrew Ferreira and Zack Olson struck out the final two batters of the game with the bases loaded to give Harvard its second victory over B.C.

Jake McGuiggan starred on both sides of the ball as the sophomore went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs while producing a timely double play midway through the game. Freshman Nick Saathoff was 3-for-4 with a long double and both Kyle Larrow and Jeff Reynolds had multi-hit games.

Harvard will face the winner of Massachusetts-Northeastern next Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. Harvard is back in action on Wednesday with a 3 p.m. game at Northeastern.

Harvard struck first with a two-out, two-run single from McGuiggan in the first inning as the Crimson claimed an early lead. The Crimson had four hits in the inning but could have had more if not for lining into a double play with the bases loaded.

In the second, Harvard left the bases loaded after a pair of singles and a hit batsman but capitalized on another scoring opportunity in the third when Jon Smart lofted a sacrifice fly to right field to score Reynolds (single).

BC got a run back in the bottom of the third on a pair of singles and a fielding error which allowed a run to score from first.

Harvard left runners in scoring position in the fourth and fifth innings to continue its trend while BC edged closer in the fifth with a one-out double by Tom Bourdon off the wall in short right field.

Harvard got the run back in the top of the sixth as Ethan Ferreira singled through the right side to score Saathoff, who led off the inning with a line drive single to right.

McGuiggan showed his defensive ability in the bottom of the sixth to turn a timely double play. After a leadoff single, Moir batted and was fooled by a 1-2 breaking pitch from Timoney. Still, he hit a soft pop-up headed for grass in short left field with the Crimson infielders playing at double play depth. McGuiggan chased down the ball at the last minute and whirled a strike to first base to double off the BC runner headed for second.

Timoney helped himself in the seventh when he sprang on a perfect bunt from Bourdon, the leadoff hitter, and threw an off-balance strike to first for an inning-ending out.

Harvard threatened but was turned back again in the eighth. Saathoff lined a double off the top of the wall in right-center to start. Carlton Bailey came on as a pinch hitter and took third base on a wild pitch with one out but BC got out of the jam with a strikeout and a fly ball.

With one out in the eighth inning, Timoney finally gave way to Matt Doyle, who inherited a runner on first base but retired BC's four and five batters to move things into the ninth where the Crimson got a needed insurance run.

McGuiggan started the surge again, this time with a hard single to third with one out. McGuiggan moved up to second on a wild pitch and, with two outs, Larrow lined a 2-1 fastball into right field to score the team's fifth run.  

Doyle got the first out of the ninth but then issued a walk with BC following that with a pair of seeing-eye singles to load the bases. With Bourdon at the plate and already three hits to his credit, Harvard went to the bullpen again, this time for Ferreira, its sophomore captain, for a lefty-on-lefty matchup. Ferreira went to 2-0 on Bourdon but then gassed him three straight pitches, hitting 89 miles per hour on the radar gun. Harvard went to the bullpen again and Olson struck out Blake Butera on three-straight pitches for his third save.