Baseball Edges North Dakota State, 2-1

Baseball Edges North Dakota State, 2-1

Anderson and the Crimson end their time in Winter Haven with a solid win over North Dakota State on Thursday. (Photo: Gil Talbot)

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – The Harvard baseball team bounced back after a tough loss on Wednesday, taking the second game of the series against North Dakota State, 2-1. The Crimson (3-11) scraped together runs in the top of the second and seventh innings to take care of the Bison on Thursday.

On the hill, Matt Timoney battled for 7.0 strong innings, giving up just one run on five hits, while striking out two and yielding zero walks. Six Crimson in the lineup picked up base knocks on the day, led by Steve Dill with two. Both Tanner Anderson and Kyle Larrow drove in runs, scoring Mike Martin and Mitch Klug, respectively.

The Bison got on the board first once again, a half inning after NDSU's Ernst sat the Crimson down in order to open things up. North Dakota State took a 1-0 lead. Kleinendorst sent a double into left field to score T. Cowell to put the Bison up early.

But in the top of the second, Harvard retaliated in kind. Anderson sent a shot to the left field fence, scoring Martin, who had reached on a fielder's choice and stolen second in the previous at bat.

The two clubs combined for just three hits over the next three innings, but the Crimson struck again in the seventh. Klug sent a rocket through the left side to kick things off, followed by a Dill hit to the pitcher to put two on with no out. Two batters later, Larrow singled through the left side, sending home Klug to give the Crimson the 2-1 lead.

Into the bottom of the ninth, the Bison threatened with a runner in scoring position. After Turbak drew a hit-by-pitch, the Bison worked his way to third after a single and a sac fly advanced him. But Anderson got Funk to strikeout swinging to preserve the Harvard victory.

The Crimson return to the diamond Friday for a three-game set with Army in Tampa before returning back to the Northeast with a visit to Holy Cross next week.