The Crimson gave up runs in the first four innings to allow the Bison to run away, 15-2. (Gil Talbot)
WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – North Dakota State scored eight runs in the first two innings en route to a 15-2 seven-inning win over the Harvard baseball team on Wednesday at Chain of Lakes Park. The Bison belted 14 hits on the afternoon to take and keep the early advantage.
Crimson starter Kevin Rex (0-1) fought on the mound, but only lasted a couple of innings as the NDSU bats brought heavy power early. At the plate for Harvard (2-11), both Jack Colton and Nick Saathoff had 2-for-3 afternoons, each driving in a run.
North Dakota State tacked on four runs in the top of the first, thanks to four singles and a hit-by-pitch in the innings. After the Crimson got one back in the bottom half of the inning, coming off a Saathoff single through the right side, bringing home Brandon Kregel.
But from there, NDSU took off. In the top of the second, the Bison added four more runs on just three hits, all with one out. After adding one more run in the top of the third, the visitors plated six runs in the fourth to climb to 15. The Bison used four hits, two walks and two Crimson errors to bat around the order.
In the bottom of the sixth, Colton got another run back for Harvard, singling to center to bring home Mike Martin, but the damage was done.
The two clubs will meet Thursday for the series finale at 3 p.m. at Chain of Lakes Field. From there, the Crimson will travel west to Tampa to take on the Army Black Knights over the weekend.