Harvard Baseball Drops Pair, 5-0 and 3-2, to Start Ivy Play at Columbia

Harvard Baseball Drops Pair, 5-0 and 3-2, to Start Ivy Play at Columbia

Tanner Anderson collected three hits in the second game Saturday afternoon (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).

The Harvard baseball team rallied to tie the score in Game 2 of a doubleheader with Columbia but the Lions scored in the bottom of the ninth to finish a sweep of the Crimson on Saturday.

Harvard's (3-17, 0-2 Ivy) Tanner Anderson had three hits in the second game and Matt Doyle threw seven strong innings in the loss. Doyle left the game after seven, with the score tied, after giving up five hits and two runs. Matt Timoney (0-2) relieved Doyle and took the loss after 1.2 innings.

The Lions (9-12, 2-0 Ivy) built a 2-0 lead in game two, but Harvard stormed back for single runs in the fifth and sixth. An Anderson single in the fifth drove home Nick Saathoff and a Brandon Kregel knock in the next Harvard half put across Mike Martin.

The score remained 2-2 until Columbia won the second contest with a two-out single to left field from Gus Craig in the bottom of the ninth. David Vandercook singled to lead off the inning before a failed bunt a single and a fielder's choice set runners at second and third one out away from extra innings, making way for Craig's heroics. 

In Game 1, Harvard was limited to four hits off of Columbia starter David Speer. The Crimson had two of its hits in the second, with the game still scoreless, but could not punch across a run. Saathoff singled to the pitcher and moved to second on a Jeff Hajdin sac bunt, before Carlton Bailey put runners on the corners with a single to short. Harvard's best opportunity was ended with a strikeout and ground out before Columbia totaled five runs in the third and fourth innings.

The Lions plated three in the third and two more in the fourth thanks in large part to the efforts of Joey Falcone. The sophomore had two hits, including a two-run homer, with two RBI and two runs scored during Columbia's outburst.

Sam Dodge (0-5) took the loss in the opener after going six innings and allowing three earned runs on five hits. He struck out six and walked two.

Harvard is at Penn tomorrow for another Ivy League doubleheader. The two games will start at 11 a.m., a change from the originally scheduled noon first pitch because of the weather forecast.