Baseball Splits Ivy Twinbill at Yale, 4-3 (8) and 3-5

Jake McGuiggan had a pair of doubles against Yale in the nightcap of an Ivy twinbill on April 15, 2012
Jake McGuiggan had a pair of doubles against Yale in the nightcap of an Ivy twinbill on April 15, 2012

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Harvard and Yale split another Ivy League doubleheader on Sunday with the Crimson coming behind in game one for a 4-3 extra-innings victory in game and Yale claiming a 5-3 victory in the nightcap. Harvard moves into a tie for second place with Brown in the Red Rolfe Division and stays within striking distance of Dartmouth, now sitting three games behind the Big Green.

In the opener, Harvard came back from three runs down to score three in the sixth inning. The Crimson then scored an unearned run in the eighth inning. Andrew Ferreira provided timely relief out of the bullpen with the hard-throwing lefty striking out three batters in 2.2 innings of one-hit relief.

Ferreira was on the back-end of a solid bullpen effort as Baron Davis entered the game in the first inning after Yale scored three times against starter Matt Timoney. Davis scattered four this while striking out two in 4.2 innings of scoreless relief to keep the Crimson in contention.

With Harvard trailing 3-0 in the sixth, Steve Dill came up with a two-run triple before eventually scoring on a passed ball to help send the game into extra innings.

In the eighth, Jeff Reynolds led off with a single and advanced on a wild pitch. Dill then sent a hot shot to second on what was eventually ruled an error, allowing Reynolds to score from second base.

In the nightcap, Reynolds contributed a two-run triple of his own to deep center field in the third inning to tie the game. Harvard was unable to push Reynolds across however to let Yale off the hook.

In the fourth, Kyle Larrow gave Harvard a 3-2 lead with a one-out single to score Ethan Ferreira, who led off with a single and stole second.

In the sixth, Jake McGuiggan led off with a double and moved to third on a flyball to right but the Crimson again could not push the run across with less than two outs. Yale capitalized in the bottom of the frame to tie things as a leadoff throwing error was eventually followed by a run-scoring double.

Yale scored twice in the eighth against the Harvard bullpen as consecutive doubles started the inning and a suicide squeeze brought home a needed insurance run.

Joey Novak pitched well in a no-decision, allowing two earned runs in seven innings, allowing eight hits while striking out six. McGuiggan and Larrow had two hits apiece.

Harvard is back in action on Wednesday as the Crimson plays for the Beanpot championship for a second straight season. The Crimson takes on Massachusetts at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass., at 6 p.m.