The Crimson scored 20 runs in a single game for the first time since 2013 on Saturday. (Gil Talbot)
PROVIDENCE – Thanks to a 21-run effort in Game 2, the Harvard baseball team came away with a doubleheader split with Brown at Murray Stadium on Saturday. The Crimson (15-14, 4-6 Ivy) fell in Game 1 to the Bears (7-19, 3-7 Ivy), 9-6, before erupting for a 21-7 victory in the second game.
The Crimson pounded out 31 hits over the two games – 13 of which went for extra bases – led by Matt Hink, who was a perfect 5-for-5 on the afternoon with four RBI and five runs scored. Ethan Ferreira (.429) had three hits, driving in a club-best five RBI, adding three runs scored, while Connor Quinn (.571) lent a helping hand with four RBI and three runs on four hits.
On the hill, Nick Gruener took the loss in the first game, yielding nine runs in three full innings, highlighted by three homeruns by the Bears. In Game 2, Matt Timoney earned the win with 5.1 strong innings, giving up five earned with a walk issued and eight striekouts.
Game 1 – Brown 9, Harvard 6
Mike Martin got the afternoon rolling with a third-pitch home run to give the Crimson an early 1-0 lead in the first, but the Bears had other plans. After a pair of RBI singles in the bottom of the first, Brown tacked on six runs on four hits – including three homeruns – to take an 8-1 lead after two.
In the fourth, another RBI single made it 9-1, before Harvard attempted a comeback. Jack Colton got in on the home run party in the top of the fifth to give the Crimson some life, before Ferriera added two runs on a long-ball of his own to make it 9-4 in the top of the sixth.
After Garrett Rupp held things firm for the rest of his outing (2.1IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 2K), Ferreira added a sacrifice fly and Mitch Klug sent a seeing-eye single through the middle to bring in Matt Rothenberg, but it was too little too late as Brown held on for the 9-6 victory.
Game 2 – Harvard 21, Brown 7
It was a different story in the second game on Saturday, as Harvard belted out 21 runs on 23 hits versus the Bears. Eight batters had at least two hits, led by Hink's five, Quinn's four and Klug's three. The Crimson scored a run in each of the first four innings, taking a 4-1 lead into the fifth. In that inning, however, Harvard extended its lead quickly to 11-1 after a seven-run frame.
Ferreira, Hink, John Fallon, Quinn, Colton and Drew Reid all had RBIs in the stanza, and Tanner Anderson was walked with two outs, bringing in Colton to represent Harvard's 11th run of the day. But Brown enjoyed a heavy-hitting inning of its own in the bottom of the sixth, raking in six runs on five hits and two Crimson errors to make things interesting at 11-7.
But Harvard used five more hits and another Brown error to add five more runs in the top of the seventh inning to make it 16-7, before scoring four in the eighth and one more in the ninth to ultimately pull away, 21-7, for the Saturday split.
The two will do battle in another doubleheader on Sunday to determine the series.