Harvard pounded out seven hits on the day vs. Stetson. (Gil Talbot)
DeLAND, Fla. – The Harvard baseball team fell to Stetson in the final game of the series on Sunday, as the Hatters (12-9) took the finale, 6-2, over the Crimson (5-7).
Just two of Stetson's six runs were earned on the afternoon as the Crimson received excellent front-end pitching from Tanner Anderson, who went 6.0 innings, giving up four runs (two earned) on seven hits with a strikeout and two walks. On the back-end, Kevin Rex and Garrett Rupp did well to combine to yield two runs on two hits with a pair of punchouts.
At the plate, Anderson led the charge for the Crimson as a dual threat, connecting for two base hits, while driving in a run as well to support his own cause in the fourth inning. Matt Rothenberg also drove in a run as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. Drew Reid, Ethan Ferreira, Mitch Klug and D.J. Link also earned hits on the day.
After Stetson erupted in two games on Saturday, Anderson was able to slow the Hatters' power, setting down the first six batters he saw in a row. Though SU grabbed a run on two hits and an error in the third, Harvard made a dent in the top of the fourth. Ferreira drew a two-out walk and eventually came around to score after Klug moved him to third with a single through the left side and Anderson singled to short to plate him, making things an even 1-1.
Anderson set down the Hatters again in the fourth, but Stetson used two hits and an error to its advantage in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-1 lead. After a run in the sixth and two more in the seventh, the Hatters had run away with things. Rothenberg singled to center with two gone in the top of the ninth as a pinch hitter for Harvard, bringing in Ellis, but one more ground out finished things off with the final, 6-2.
Harvard will remain in Florida for a doubleheader with Bay State rival UMass on Tuesday, and a four-game set with Army to close out the weekend.