Freshman pitcher Miller sat down the first 13 batters he faced on Wednesday to earn the win. (Harvard Athletics)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Behind solid bullpen pitching and timely hits from the Crimson order, the Harvard baseball team snapped a five-game losing streak on Wednesday, downing cross-state foe Holy Cross, 5-3. The Crimson moves to 11-12 (0-4 Ivy) on the year, while the Crusaders drop their first game in six outings to fall to 10-15 (4-0 Patriot).
Harvard freshman reliever Ian Miller picked up the win on the day with a rather impressive performance on the hill. Miller took the reins in the second inning and went 4.1 strong, allowing just two runs on two hits; after he took the ball, Miller retired the first 13 batters he saw before yielding two consecutive hits ending his day. The Brooklyn, New York, native punched out a career-best three batters and didn't walk anyone in his 11th appearance of his freshman campaign.
The Crimson belted out seven hits on the afternoon, led by Ethan Ferreira, who extends his hit streak to 15 consecutive games. Ferreira went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run scored. Shortstop John Fallon went 1-for-2, driving in a run and scoring one himself as well, while Matt Hink and Matt Sanders also drove in runs.
After Greg Coman (1.0IP, 0H, 1R, 2BB) got the starting nod, the sophomore struggled to get out of the first on 27 pitches, but allowed just one run on no hits, walking two batters. But after Miller came on in relief, Harvard settled in. With the solid work on the hill, the Crimson bats came alive, scoring runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings to eventually take a 5-1 lead into the top of the sixth.
Ferreira's single through the left side brought in Jake McGuiggan to even the ledger at 1-1 in the third, before Sanders' single to right gave the Crimson its first lead in the fourth. In that same inning, McGuiggan reached on a fielder's choice, while an error on the third baseman allowed Sanders to cross the plate to make it 3-1.
Fallon and Hink went back-to-back sacrifice flies in the fifth to extend the lead to 5-1, but in the top of the sixth, Holy Cross got two back to make things interesting. An Evan Ocello double down the right field line followed by a Jack St. Clair sac fly to deep center pushed two runs across, cutting the lead to 5-3.
The Crimson return to action Saturday as Princeton makes a trip for an Ivy League doubleheader (12 p.m.) before Cornell visits for the same on Sunday.