PHILADELPHIA – The Harvard baseball team was swept in heartbreaking fashion on Monday as the Crimson (10-12, 0-4 Ivy) fell twice to the Penn Quakers (7-9, 3-1 Ivy) in a pair of walkoffs during an Ivy League doubleheader.
Mike Martin led the Crimson on Monday, batting .375 over the two game span (3-for-8) with two runs scored, while DJ Link (.333) and Ethan Ferreira (.286) combined to drive in all four runs. On the hill, both Tanner Anderson (7.0IP, 6H 1R, 1BB, 2K) and Sean Poppen (6.1IP, 5H, 3R (1ER), 1BB, 8K) had impressive outings in their 2014-15 Ivy debuts, keeping Harvard in striking distance.
On the arm of Anderson, who went seven strong innings, giving up just one run, the Crimson looked prime to take its first Ancient Eight win of the season. Ferreira put Harvard up early, singling to short in the top of the first to bring home Martin, giving the Crimson a 1-0 lead.
It wasn't until the fourth inning that the Quakers evened the ledger. Austin Bossart singles to left, plating Tim Graul to make it 1-1 in a great pitchers' duel. Penn had an opportunity to extend its lead in the fifth after a leadoff single, but Anderson sat the next three down to keep things even.
The Crimson, however, was set down three consecutive innings before Penn's Connor Betbeze singled to right in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Ryan Mincher for the winning run.
In the second game of the Monday series, Penn was the club to jump out first as Jonah Campbell singled up the middle, scoring two Quakers to take an early 2-0 lead in the opening stanza. But DJ Link evened things up singlehandedly with a baseknock to center, plating Mitch Klug and Mike Martin to make it 2-2 in the top of the third.
Sean Poppen, who was dealing after the first, eventually striking out eight Quakers over 6.1 innings of work, yielded just one more run to Penn in the bottom of the fifth after some hard work. Bossart garnered his second RBI of the day, bringing home Gary Tesch to give Penn the lead once again, at 3-2.
Ferreira struck in the top of the ninth to make things interesting yet again, bringing home Jake McGuiggan with a single to center, ensuring at least the bottom of the frame. But that's when Penn ended things; Tesch sent a blooping single to left, but an error allowed Matt McKinnon to cross the plate as the winning run.
After this series, Harvard looks to right the ship on Wednesday as cross-state foe Holy Cross pays a visit to O'Donnell Field for the Crimson's home opener, before both Princeton and Cornell come to town as well.