TAMPA – Looking for its second four-game series sweep of the young season, the Harvard baseball team was just a run away from pushing things to extra innings on Saturday, but the Crimson (10-8) ultimately fell to Army (10-8), 6-5. Harvard however, walks away from the Sunshine State with its most wins before the start of Ivy League play since 1992.
Tanner Anderson got the call to start and nearly went the distance, tossing 7.1 strong innings of work. The Crimson hurler struck out one and walked two, giving up six runs on eight hits before Dylan Combs took over in the eighth.
At the plate, seven different Harvard batters grabbed at least a base hit, led by DJ Link (2-for-4, 1R, 1RBI). Leading off, Mike Martin brought home two runs on a hit, and scored one himself. Jake McGuiggan (1-for-4, 1R, 1RBI) and Matt Rothenberg (1-for-4, 1RBI) also helped out offensively.
After a bit of a pitchers' duel to start things off, Martin broke the silence in the top of the third with a sac fly to right, plating Link for an unearned run. Army then evened the ledger in the fifth off a Linder triple to make things interesting.
In the top of the sixth, however, the Crimson drove in three runs as Martin's double, McGuiggan's single and Rothenberg's single all led to runs coming across to make it 4-1.
But in the bottom of the seventh, the Black Knights tacked on three runs to cut into the lead and tie things up at 4-4; Army then added two more an inning later to take its first lead of the day, 6-4, one that Harvard was unable to overcome. A big double by Link brought Connor Quinn home, but it was too little too late for the Crimson, which fell 6-5.
Harvard returns back north this weekend to begin Ivy League play as it travels to Penn and Columbia for a pair of doubleheaders.