Gruener put forth a solid outing on the mound to help Harvard to a 2-0 Saturday. (Harvard Baseball)
SPARTANBURG, S.C. – After falling in the series and season opener versus Wofford on Friday, the Harvard baseball team turned things around on Saturday to take both games of its twin bill at King Field. The Crimson (2-1) defeated the Terriers (8-3) by scores of 2-1 and 3-1 in style.
Both Nick Gruener and Matt Timoney toed the rubber as starting pitchers and were lights out for the visiting Crimson. For his part in the noon contest, Gruener tossed 6.0 innings of work, yielding just one run on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. Kevin Rex came on in relief to pick up the victory, giving a full inning of effort with a strikeout. In game two of the afternoon, Timoney shone for the Crimson, halting the Wofford bats entirely. The senior hurler gave up no runs on just one hit with two walks and six strikeouts.
At the dish, Harvard picked up 11 hits on the day, seven of which came in the second outing. The heart of the order managed to come alive for the Crimson with Connor Quinn, Ethan Ferreira and Mitch Klug all grabbing baseknocks in the first game, while Jake McGuiggan went 2-for-4, plating Jack Colton twice in the second game.
Neither squad could get things going offensively with a great pitchers' duel in the early going. Wofford eventually got on the board in the bottom of the third, but its run was unearned as Demetrius Jennings reached base on an error, stole second and then eventually made it around the horn on a wild pitch.
In the top of the seventh, Harvard evened things up at 1-1. Steve Dill drew a hit-by-pitch to open the frame up, before Colton sacrificed his at bat to move Dill to second. McGuiggan singled to center putting Dill on third, before a balk brought him home.
In the top of the eighth, Connor Quinn used his single to left in the first at bat of the inning to Harvard's good use. Ferreira singled and Quinn went to third after an error. From there, Klug sent a booming sacrifice fly to right, plating Quinn for the eventual winner.
In the second game, Drew Reid kicked things off with a one-out single to center, eventually coming around to score thanks to a Quinn double and a Ferreira groundout to second. McGuiggan sent a deep single to center in the top of the second, scoring Colton, who had reached second on a fielder's choice and error, consecutively. In the seventh frame, Colton doubled down the left field line to open things up with another momentum swing, followed by another McGuiggan RBI single to right, making it 3-0. Wofford got one back in the bottom of the stanza, but it was too little too late.
Harvard looks to take the series tomorrow with a 12 p.m. start.