The Crimson improved to 8-7 with its victory on Thursday (Gil Talbot)
TAMPA – Playing in the New York Yankees Spring Training Complex, the Harvard baseball team stormed out to an 11-8 victory over Army on Thursday, the first of a four-game set between the two clubs. The Crimson moved to 8-7 on the year, while Army falls to 9-6.
Sean Poppen picked up the starting nod and the victory on Thursday, going 6.1 innings, giving up seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits, while striking out six and yielding no walks. But the Crimson bats kept things close throughout, including scoring six runs in the first three innings.
Ethan Ferreira (4-for-5, 3R, 4RBI) had an incredible day at the plate, while Jake McGuiggan (3-for-4, 3R, 1RBI), Mitch Klug (2-for-3, 1R, 2RBI), Tanner Anderson (1-for-4, 1R, 2RBI) and Mike Martin (2-for-3, 2RBI) all added to the cause as well.
The two clubs went back-and-forth through the first three innings, each finding their stride. After Army made it 4-2 after the top of the second, the Crimson regained a 6-4 lead with four runs in the bottom of the third.
Ferreira homered for the second time in as many games in the bottom of the fourth, and plated two more runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 9-5. The Black Knights cut into the lead in the seventh with a pair of runs, but a McGuiggan single in the bottom of the frame brought Matt Rothenberg around for the Crimson's 10th run. Mike Martin made it 11-8 in the eighth with his RBI single to bring home Klug to eventually put things away.
Army and Harvard continue the series with a Friday doubleheader in Clearwater.