NEW YORK – The Harvard baseball team suffered a pair of setbacks to the reigning Ivy League champions on Sunday as the Crimson (10-10, 0-2 Ivy) was edged by Columbia, 5-4 and 9-7, in a doubleheader at Satow Stadium.
Two of the Ivy Leagues better pitchers went at it in the first game of the day as Harvard's Nick Gruener (5.0 IP, 11H, 4R, 2BB, 3K) and George Thanopolous (6.0 IP, 6H, 3R, 1BB, 5K) went toe to toe in the early goings. Each hurler held the opposing bats in check through three innings, before Ethan Ferreira broke the silence in the fourth, driving in Jake McGuiggan to make it 1-0 Crimson.
After Columbia tied things up in the bottom of the frame, Matt Rothenberg sent a deep sacrifice fly to center, bringing hjome Drew Reid in the fifth inning. But The Lions added three in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-2 lead.
Ferreira sacrificed his at bat in the sixth, plating McGuiggan, who belted a double to right center in his next trip to the plate in the seventh to tie things up at 4-4. But John Kinne singled to left to end the game in the seventh inning.
Thanks to McGuiggan's double to left center in the top of the first, the Crimson took an early lead. But the powerful Lions lineup reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the second off of Crimson starter Matt Timoney (5.0IP, 6H, 4R (3ER), 2BB, 2K). Gus Craig added to the Columbia lead with a two-run bomb to left to make it 4-1 by the fourth inning.
The Crimson, however knotted things up at 4-4 with a three-run fourth. Tanner Anderson reached on a fielder's choice, which brough home McGuiggan, before a throwing error plated both Anderson and Ferreira to give the Crimson life again. Harvard took that momentum into the fifth, piling on two more runs. Mitch Klug grounded out, but his at bat brought in McGuiggan, before Rothenberg reached on an error, after which Ferreira crossed the plate to make it 6-4.
McGuiggan added his third RBI of the day in the top of the sixth, but Columbia came alive for four runs in the bottom of the inning to take a slim 8-7 lead. Joe Falcone homered in the eighth to make it 9-7 before the game was called due to darkness.
The Crimson is back in action at 1 p.m. Monday to take on Penn in Philadelphia.