Baseball Falls In Opening Game to No. 1 Florida, 16-5

Baseball Falls In Opening Game to No. 1 Florida, 16-5

Fallon reached base successfully in all four plate appearances (Gil Talbot).

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Opening a three game series with No. 1 Florida, Harvard baseball fell to the Gators, 16-5, on Friday night at McKethan Stadium.

Sophomore John Fallon hit his third home run of the season and finished a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate with three runs scored and two RBI. The Ivy League Co-Player of the Week for Feb. 29-March 6, Fallon improved his batting average to .500 on the season. Junior Drew Reid knocked in a pair of runs, giving him five RBI on the season.

Six Harvard (2-3) pitchers took the hill, with sophomore Noah Zavolas and senior Joey Sliepka holding the Gators (15-1) scoreless over 2.0 and 1.2 innings in relief, respectively.

Florida took a quick 4-0 advantage in the bottom of the first, but sophomore Connor Quinn put Harvard on the board in the top of the second with a single to right center to plate Fallon following a lead-off double. A double from senior DJ Link allowed Quinn to advance to third, and an RBI groundout by Reid later in the inning helped cut the deficit to two runs, 4-2.

The Gators added a fifth run in the bottom of the frame, but the Crimson again pressed the Gators when Fallon launched a two-run homer over the left field wall in the top of the third to cut Florida's lead to 5-4. Freshman Patrick McColl scored on the play.

Florida added 11 runs over the final six innings to just one for the Crimson, coming on an RBI groundout from Reid in the sixth inning.

Harvard completes the series with top-ranked Florida on Saturday, March 12 with a doubleheader slated to begin at 4 p.m. The second contest will begin at approximately 7 p.m., and both games will be broadcast on SEC Network+.