Baseball Drops Opener to Cornell, 3-1, Wins Game Two, 10-7

Baseball Drops Opener to Cornell, 3-1, Wins Game Two, 10-7

Baron Davis earned the win in game two for the Crimson (OAC). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard baseball team earned its second consecutive Ivy League split, falling to Cornell, 3-1, in the opener before scoring seven runs in the seventh inning en route to a 10-7 victory over the Big Red at O'Donnell Field Saturday.

In the second contest, Harvard took an early lead only to see Cornell storm back in the middle innings to take a four-run advantage before the Crimson rallied from its largest deficit of the season to stun the Big Red with seven runs in the seventh.

Carlton Bailey had three singles, three RBI and two runs to pace the Crimson offense in game two. D.J. Link added three hits and three runs driven in, while Brandon Kregel had a single and a double to go along with a pair of runs scored and a RBI. Tanner Anderson and Jeff Hajdin also contributed doubles for Harvard.

After dropping the opener, Harvard jumped out to an early lead in the second contest, loading the bases without the benefit of the hit on a pair of hit batters and a walk in the first. Bailey followed with a single to third to plate a run and keep the bases loaded, but the remaining three runners were left stranded when Wineski grounded out to first to end the inning.

Cornell struck for three runs in the third to take the lead with Chris Cruz's two-run homer to right field the big blow, but the Crimson responded and tied the game in the bottom half of the frame.

Anderson got things started with one out, doubling to the gap in left center, and Bailey followed with a single to plate the sophomore. Wineski moved Bailey over to third with a single, and Link drove him in with a single through the left side to tie the game.

Cornell tacked on a pair of runs in both the fourth and fifth to extend its advantage to take a four-run lead until the bottom of the seventh.

Link, Martin and Klug all walked to loaded the bases with one out. Kregel followed with a single to short to score Link. Nick Saathoff added a RBI single of his own to keep the bases loaded before the Big Red got a strike out for the second out. Bailey then had the second infield single of the frame to score another run, and Wineski reached on an error by the second basemen to tie the score and keep the inning alive. Link then laced a single to right to drive in two more runs before Hajdin got on base due to a fielding error by the third baseman to allow one more run to come home.

Jordan Haviland slammed the door from there, allowing just one hit and striking out two in two innings of work to earn his second save of the season. Baron Davis picked up the win in relief, allowing two hits and two runs in two innings with a strikeout.

In the first game of the day, Cornell was able to keep the Harvard bats quiet, holding on for a 3-1 victory.

Mike Martin had a double and scored the Crimson's run. Anderson also had a double, while Link, Hajdin and Klug all had singles. Kregel collected Harvard's RBI in the contest.

The Big Red struck first in the opener in the third, as Matt Hall connected for a double to plate Brenton Peters, who had walked to reach base.

Harvard evened up the score in the bottom half of the inning when Martin doubled to left center and stole third. Kregel followed with a sacrifice fly to right to even up the game.

In the fourth, Cornell quickly reclaimed the advantage. Tom D'Alessandro had a double to right and Ben Swinford was hit by a pitch prior to Conor McCabe hitting a double to left to drive in both runners.

The Crimson had the tying run on base in the fifth and seventh but could not capitalize either time to allow Cornell to hang on for the victory.

On the mound, Sam Dodge hurled a complete game six-hitter, fanning eight and allowing just six hits and three earned runs for Harvard.

The Crimson returns to action Sunday at noon against Princeton.