ITHACA, N.Y. – The Harvard baseball team split a doubleheader with Cornell on Tuesday afternoon, taking the first one over the Big Red, 6-5 in 10 innings, before dropping game two of the twinbill, 6-2. The Crimson move to 5-13 on the season and 1-1 in Ancient Eight play after the split.
Harvard got its first win in gritty fashion, pounding out 16 hits and coming back from an early 3-0 deficit after three innings. Freshman Nick Gruener earned the first start of the day, but lasted just 3.0 innings as Cornell drove in three runs on four hits. Gruener would finish his outing with three strikeouts and two walks allowed. Tanner Anderson picked up the win for the Crimson after 4.1 innings of solid work, allowing just one run on four hits, while striking one out and walking three.
At the plate in game one, Kyle Larrow played the hero, going 3-for-5 with two RBI, including the eventuall game winner in the top of the 10th. Larrow singled home Carlton Bailey, who had led Harvard with his four-hit day.
After the Big Red pounced early to get a pair of runs on the board in the first and another in the bottom of the third inning, the Crimson started its rally. Brandon Kregel and Ethan Ferreira both grabbed singles to open up the top of the fourth before Mitch Klug reached on a fielder's choice, plating Kregel to make it 3-1.
Cornell launched a solo home run in the bottom of the inning, but the Harvard fifth turned things around. Mike Martin singled home Bailey early on with one out, and Ferreira reached on a fielder's choice to bring home Larrow to make it 4-3. A wild pitch later, Martin came around the bases to tie things up in an instant.
Larrow singled to center with two outs in the top of the sixth, but Cornell tacked another run on the board with an RBI triple in the bottom half of the frame to continue to make things interesting. After extras were imminent, Larrow ended things with his two-out single to left center to score Bailey in the 10th. From there, Zack Olson came on to replace Anderson on the hill, seeing just four batters to close things out for the win.
In game two, the Crimson tossed out another platoon day as Sam Dodge (0-2), Danny Moskovits, Nick Scahill and T.J. Laurisch all made appearances on the mound. At the bat, Larry and Kregel were the only Crimson to grab multi-hit performances, while Martin and Kregel represented the Crimson's two runs.
The two sides held each other in check to open the first two innings, but in the bottom of the third, Cornell erupted. The Big Red scored five runs in the frame, thanks in large part to a Cruz bases-clearing double with one out.
After Moskovits settled things down, Harvard got on the board thanks to a Ferreira sacrifice fly to center, bringing home Martin to make it 5-1 in the top of the sixth. In the top of the eighth, Kregel came across home on a balk to cut the lead to 5-2, but back-to-back groundouts ended any Harvard threat.
Cornell added an RBI single in the bottom of the eighth to push the score to its final 6-2.
The Crimson returns to Cambridge this weekend for the home opener against Ancient Eight foes Penn and Columbia on Saturday and Sunday.