Harvard played its first home game of the season before starting the Ivy League season on the road this weekend (photo Harvard Athletics Communications).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The Harvard baseball team had its two-game win streak snapped and The Joseph J. O'Donnell '67 Head Coach for Harvard Baseball, Bill Decker, had his home debut spoiled, as Holy Cross topped the Crimson, 9-4, Wednesday afternoon at O'Donnell Field.
The Crusaders jumped out to an early advantage, scoring eight of their nine runs in the first five innings, before holding off a late Harvard (3-15) comeback attempt to spoil the Crimson's 2013 home debut.
Brandon Kregel collected two hits, including a triple, scored a run and plated another to pace the home offense. Carlton Bailey and Tanner Anderson both had RBI doubles, while Bailey also scored a run. Martin added a single, a RBI and a run for the Crimson, who finished with eight hits in the game.
After Holy Cross struck twice in the second inning on a two-run double by Nick Lovullo, Harvard responded with a run in the bottom of the frame. Kregel and Ethan Ferreira both singled to start the inning before DJ Link grounded into a double play to move Kregel over to third. Anderson followed with a RBI double to left center, but he was left stranded there to keep the deficit at one.
The Crusaders struck for single tallies in the third, fifth and seventh, but it was their four-run fourth that broke the game open. Lovullo picked up a RBI single, Evan Ocello had a two-run triple and Brandon Cipollo drove in a run with a double to account for the offense in the frame.
Harvard's bats went quiet until the seventh inning when the Crimson scored three runs. After Nick Saathoff got things going with a single, Bailey ripped a double down the left field line. Following a ground out, which moved Bailey over to third, Martin reached on an infield single to the shortstop to drive in Bailey. Kregel then ripped a triple to right center to score the junior, but reliever Ryan Filipowicz was able to escape without further damage to keep Harvard at bay.
Neither team would score the rest of the game to allow Holy Cross to walk away with the victory.
On the mound, Matt Sanders hurled two innings of scoreless relief, and Peter Kaplan tossed one perfect frame for the Crimson.
Harvard returns to action Saturday at Columbia to begin Ivy League play. First pitch is slated for 12 p.m.