Shaun Rubin provided 5 1/3 innings of work out of the bullpen Wednesday afternoon (photo Harvard Athletic Communications).
BROOKLINE, Mass. – Four Crimson players had two hits, but the Harvard baseball team could only get two runners across home plate as Northeastern won a 10-2 game in the first round of the Beanpot at Friedman Diamond Wednesday afternoon. Harvard drops to the Beanpot's consolation game and will play Boston College, while Northeastern will see Massachusetts in the championship. Both games will be played April 29 as part of a doubleheader at Fenway Park beginning at 2 p.m. (tickets).
Brandon Kregel, who homered, Mitch Klug, Carlton Bailey and DJ Link all had two hits for Harvard (6-22), which totaled nine base knocks on the day.
Jordan Haviland (1-1) was touched up for seven runs in the first 2 2/3 innings as Northeastern (20-13) pulled ahead, 9-1, after three frames and never looked back.
Harvard's only run in its initial nine outs came from an inadvertent throw by NU starter James Mulry (2-0) on a Jeff Hajdin sacrifice bunt in the top of the second. Mulry's wild toss rolled along the wall into right field for long enough to have DJ Link, who had singled, come around from first to score. The score was 3-1 at that point, but the Huskies sent 10 batters to the plate and scored six times in the third to chase Haviland and gain a comfortable lead.
Left-hander Shaun Rubin relieved Haviland and gave the Crimson a much needed strong long relief outing. The freshman went 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits while striking out seven and walking just one. The appearance was the longest of his young career and gives Harvard's staff rest entering a four-game set with Yale this weekend.
The only run the Crimson could muster with Rubin on the mound came off of one pitch to Kregel. The sophomore right fielder sent a lined shot over the left field wall and into the bullpen in the eighth inning for his team-leading second home run of the spring. Kregel's two hits upped his average to .301, which is one point behind Mike Martin for tops on the Crimson.
Harvard hosts archrival Yale in a pair of doubleheaders at O'Donnell Field this weekend. The Saturday games begin at 1 p.m. and Sunday's action starts at noon. The Crimson and Bulldogs are tied for second place in the Ivy League's Red Rolfe Division at 3-5, one game behind Dartmouth.