Colton's Crimson falls to 5-4 on the year. (Gil Talbot)
DeLAND, Fla. – The Harvard baseball team battled, but ultimately dropped the first game of its series with Stetson on Friday. The Crimson (5-4) fell to the Hatters (9-9) by a score of 8-1 to open the weekend.
Starter Sean Poppen threw well against a powerful Stetson lineup, going 5.1 strong innings. He sat down the Hatters in order on two occasions, but ultimately allowed seven earned on nine hits. The junior did well to keep things over the plate, yielding no walks, but also never fanned a batter.
At the plate for Harvard, both Drew Reid (2-for-3, 1R) and Connor Quinn (2-for-4) found success, while Ethan Ferreira (1-for-4, 1RBI) used a powerful double to bring Reid home for the lone Crimson run on the day. John Fallon and Jake McGuiggan recorded hits as well for Harvard.
The first inning got the Crimson off to a rocky start as the top of the order was set down in a row. The Hatters managed five hits in the bottom of the frame, bringing home three runs, two with one out on the board.
Poppen then went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second to cool things down, but Stetson added one more on a sac fly in the next inning to stretch the lead to 4-0. Into the top of the fourth, Harvard finally got things rolling after Reid singled to third and beat out the throw. From there, Quinn advanced him to third, but was caught stealing. In the next at bat, Ferreira drove Reid home from third to make it 4-1 with a booming double down the left field line.
After Poppen set the Hatters down in order to finish off the fourth, McGuiggan was left stranded in the top of the fifth after his one-out single to center. From there, the Hatters managed one in the fifth and three in the sixth, all of which were credited to Poppen after T.J. Laurisch came on in relief with the bases loaded.
Laurisch and Noah Zavolas combined for 2.2 scoreless innings of work on the hill, but the Crimson was too far behind to catch up as the Hatters took the first game. The two clubs are back at it tomorrow with a new doubleheader start of 3 p.m. at Melching Field.