CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – Harvard and Boston College went back-and-forth on Pellagrini Diamond on Wedensday in a midweek, crosstown showdown, but the Eagles (17-18) came away with a 13-10 victory over the Crimson (16-17).
Harvard threw six hurlers on the day, with Shawn O'Neill picking up the loss after yielding three runs on three hits in an inning of work. Freshman Ian Miller got the start, going 2.0 innings, giving up three runs (one earned) on two hits.
The Crimson, which collected 10 runs on 10 hits, was led at the plate by Mike Martin (2-for-5, 1RBI, 1HR, 2R), Mitch Klug (1-for-1, 1R, 2RBI), Matt Hink (2-for-5, 1R, 2RBI), Austin Black (2-for-4, 2RBI) and Ethan Ferreira (1-for-3, 1R, 2RBI).
As the leadoff man, Martin took the third pitch that he saw deep to left field to open thing up nicely for Harvard in the top of the first, followed by a Klug RBI single to left center to plate Drew Reid to make it 2-0 in the early going.
But from there, BC put together a couple solid innings, cutting the lead to 3-2 after two and eventually taking a 6-2 lead after a few extra-base hits in the bottom half of the third. Thanks to another Klug RBI, this time on a sac fly in the fifth, and a two-RBI double to center from Ferreira in the same inning, the Crimson chipped away to cut the deficit to 6-5 in no time.
But BC came back with a its own firepower including a three-run shot in the fifth inning and two unearned runs in the seventh to eventually take a 13-5 lead. In the seventh inning, Hink singled through the left side, while Black roped one to right center to draw within 13-8 in the top of the seventh. From there, after Harvard's staff combined to hold BC scoreless in the final three innings, the Crimson tacked on two more in the ninth in a rally attempt.
Hink plated Ellis with a double to center, before Black earned his second RBI of the day with a single, eventually getting to second on an error by the right fielder, allowing Hink to score to make it 13-10. But the Harvard bats couldn't convert down the stretch as BC escaped with the three-run victory.
The Crimson continues on with Ivy League play this weekend as rival Yale comes to town for a four-game set, crucial to the Red Rolfe Division breakdown.