Baseball Drops Beanpot Consolation to Northeastern, 7-6

McGuiggan (pictured) and Quinn knocked home runs in the loss (Gil Talbot).

BOSTON – Competing at historic Fenway Park in the consolation round of the Baseball Beanpot, Harvard fell to Northeastern, 7-6. The Crimson falls to 18-20 on the season, while the Huskies move to 17-22 after the win. 

Jake McGuiggan and Conor Quinn conquered the Green Monster, hitting their third and first home runs of the season, respectively. The jack from Quinn was the first of his career. Harvard combined for 17 hits, led by Mike Martin and Mitch Klug who connected for three hits apiece, while a trio of Crimson finished with two apiece.

Seven different Crimson pitchers took the mound and combined to scatter 11 Northeastern hits while walking just two. Nick Gruener settled with the loss, dropping his record to 3-3 on the season.

The Huskies were the first put to put a run on the board in the top of the opening inning, but Jake McGuiggan answered for Harvard in the bottom half with a two-run homer over the Green Monster in left-center field to give the Crimson a one-run advantage, 2-1.

Northeastern tied the game at 2-2 in the second inning after a sacrifice fly, but Harvard regained the lead, 3-2, in the bottom half after an RBI single by Jack Colton. The Crimson threatened to tack on additional runs, but a 6-4-3 double play ended the inning stranding three on base.

The Huskies plated one in the third and two in the fourth to take a 5-3 lead, but Conor Quinn belted a two-run home run over the Green Monster in the bottom of the fourth to even the score at 5-5. John Fallon responded to give Harvard a 6-5 lead in the fifth with an RBI single through the right side, scoring Ethan Ferreira.

One batter after a double ricocheted off the Green Monster in the top of the eighth, the Huskies tied the game at six apiece. Following a Northeastern single, an errant throw towards the catcher made its way to the backstop, allowing the runner from third to cross home.

Northeastern's Cam Hanley knocked a single up the middle in the top of the ninth to drive home a teammate and take a 7-6 lead. Harvard put two on in the bottom half of the inning, but a groundout to shortstop ended the game.

Harvard finishes its 2015 season with a four-game set against Dartmouth April 25-26. The first two games will be played on Saturday in Hanover, New Hampshire, with the final two on Sunday at O'Donnell Field at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.