Baseball Falls Late to Richmond in Season Opener, 9-2

Baseball Falls Late to Richmond in Season Opener, 9-2

Fallon led the Crimson with three hits and seven total bases (Gil Talbot).

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Taking the field for the first time in 2016, Harvard baseball fell late to Richmond, 9-2, on Friday afternoon at Couch Ballpark.

Sophomore John Fallon led the Harvard (0-1) offense with a game-high three hits and his first-career home run, while freshman Patrick McColl and junior Josh Ellis also tallied multi-hit outings. Sophomore Ian Miller threw 6.0 innings on the hill, allowing five runs (four earned) while striking out a career-best six batters.

Following three innings of scoreless action, the Crimson took the lead, 1-0, in the top of the fourth when junior Drew Reid doubled down the left field line to plate sophomore Connor Quinn. The Spiders (8-1) got the run back to even the score in the bottom of the fifth after crossing the plate on an error.

The Spiders put up seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to take an 8-1 advantage, recording six hits in the inning.

Fallon homered to the opposite field to lead off the eighth inning, connecting off of Layne Looney with a shot that bounced on top of the yellow line before clearing the wall. His first-career home run pulled Harvard within 8-2, but following a Richmond homer in the bottom of the frame, Harvard went on to fall 9-2.

Harvard returns to the field at the Wake Forest tournament with a doubleheader on Saturday, March against Saint Peter's and the host Demon Deacons. The first contest will begin at 10 a.m. with the second to follow at 2 p.m.